Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

Lisa Rogak

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0312377320

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining.
One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world today, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him to keep writing at a breakneck pace after a thirty year career? In this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak reveals the troubled background and lifelong fears that inspire one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.
            King’s origins were inauspicious at best. His impoverished childhood in rural Maine and early marriage hardly spelled out the likelihood of a blossoming literary career. But his unflagging work ethic and a ceaseless flow of ideas put him on the path to success. It came in a flash, and the side effects of sudden stardom and seemingly unlimited wealth soon threatened to destroy his work and, worse, his life. But he survived and has since continued to write at a level of originality few authors could ever hope to match.
            Despite his dark and disturbing work, Stephen King has become revered by critics and his countless fans as an all-American voice more akin to Mark Twain than H. P. Lovecraft. Haunted Heart chronicles his story, revealing the character of a man who has created some of the most memorable---and frightening---stories found in literature today.

Stephen King on Stephen King:

“I’m afraid of everything.”

“As a kid, I worried about my sanity a lot."

“I am always interested in this idea that a lot of fiction writers write for their fathers because their fathers are gone.”

“Writing is an addiction for me.”

“I married her for her body, though she said I married her for her typewriter.”

“When you get into this business, they don’t tell you you’ll get cat bones in the mail.”

 “You have to be a little nuts to be a writer.”

“There’s always the urge to see somebody dead that isn’t you.”

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as being embarrassed about it, so much as wanting to keep it and sort of work it out for myself.” He found that the only way to do that was to write about it. In 1959, David got hold of an old mimeograph machine, and the two boys decided to publish a local newsletter. Selling it for a nickel, they wrote and distributed Dave’s Rag to their neighbors in West Durham. Dave wrote news stories about people in the neighborhood while Steve wrote reviews of his favorite TV shows and movies as well as a

house wasn’t neat and clean.” However, the thing that stood out in his mind was Steve’s tiny bedroom, where literally hundreds of paperback books were stacked around the edges of the room and even at the end of Steve’s bed, with no bookshelf in sight. Most of the books were science fiction and horror. When Lew asked his friend about them, Steve said he’d read every one of them. Scattered through the piles of books were numerous volumes by H. P. Lovecraft, a horror writer from the early

had been offered at the time,” he said. The second thing that stood out about the class was Steve, both his appearance and his contributions to the workshop. “He was a larger-than-life kind of guy,” said MacLeod, describing how Steve was tall but always seemed to be trying to hide his height by slightly stooping over. It was also hard to miss his long, black, oily hair reaching to his shoulders, his Coke-bottle glasses, and his sloppy manner of dressing. “He sat on the edge of the circle and

if I had really gotten old enough to be afraid to try, to just jump in and drive fast. I got up off the porch, went into my study, cranked up some rock and roll, and started to write the book. I knew it would be long, but I didn’t know how long.” Cujo was published a few months after Steve started writing IT. He got the idea for Cujo by continuing his habit of connecting two seemingly unrelated subjects. With Carrie, it was “adolescent cruelty and telekinesis.” With Cujo, it was two incidents

“I’ve been a lightning rod for a certain number of crazy people. We keep files on them. The people who are the most devoted fans have a churning need to identify emotionally with the object of their worship.” Where it got really scary, he said, was when the adulation spilled over into actual resentment. “They feel that what I have achieved was really meant for them.” As usual, Tabby didn’t mince words when she gave a pointed warning to his fans in the pages of Castle Rock two months after Misery

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