Tell Us About Your "first Time"

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Hall Monitor, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    It does sound like she was at a loss for words! :laugh: :) Maybe if she read more Stephen King then she could say her vocabulary had "Grew some"! :biggrin2:
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  2. unclelouie

    unclelouie Active Member

    Well.... you got to remember, I was just an awkward kid who loved SK, growing up in the Bible Belt! My teachers did not always share my love for Sai King. They just didn't know what they were missing.
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  3. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    My first was Thinner. I was a freshman in HS. My mom had read it and was cracking up because she had guessed Richard Bachman was SK from the beginning (I hadn't thought she was THAT big of a fan). I then read Different Seasons and maybe Night Shift. I hit the novels hard in college (too hard, almost didn't graduate).
  4. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    Carrie. I was probably 16 or 17 and the opening scene horrified me. I think I identified with her emotional desperation. Plus, she could move stuff with her mind. and that was super cool.
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  5. Gavin Logan

    Gavin Logan Member

    I was probably about 10 and I stole a couple of SK books from my older sisters bookshelf. I wasn't much of a reader when I was younger but I ended up reading the novella The Langoliers. I loved it back then but have never revisited it since so have no clue how good it is. When I was a kid I had zero appreciation for the written word but I did have a fairly big imagination and I guess it hooked me. I also remember watching the movie with Dean Stockwell shortly after, it was pretty ****! I also stole Insomnia and IT from my sister both of which now reside on my own bookshelf :) Only got around to reading IT a few years ago and still haven't read Insomnia.
    I didn't properly love SK until I read Gunslinger and The Shining about 5 years ago, and then I decided I wanted to collect as many of his books as I could!
  6. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    I can't swear to it. I mean, it wasn't an epiphany where I read a book and think, "OMG! I need to remember this writer!" Because I was reading a lot more back then, and writer names were secondary to story.

    But I think the first book by Mr. King that I read was The Shining. And I was about 95% enthusiastic at the time, because I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of the book, but I thought the ending was overcooked. But he had a writing and narrative style that was thoroughly enjoyable, mostly, so I picked him up, as much as I might pluck a Rex Stout Nero Wolfe book from my parents' collection, or Grandma might snag a Dick Francis novel.

    That sounds dismissive. I don't mean it to be. He's written stuff that's on a pinnacle for me, other things that are buried in the basement, but on the whole, I'm completely admiring and appreciative while wishing, in my own ersatz storyteller way, that I could spin a tale a tenth as well as he does.
  7. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor Well-Known Member


    If you like the Dark Tower novels, you've got to read Insomnia. Like Black House, it is basically a DT book without the label.
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  8. jt0565

    jt0565 Active Member

    I got a late start (age wise) into reading and it was a book by F. Paul Wilson called the Keep. I loved it so much that I wanted to read more horror genre so next I read Koont's Phantoms and loved that too. I was in the process of enlisting in the Army at this point and took Koontz's Watchers to basic training where the confiscated it. I completed it after basic and prior to being deployed to Germany. This was in the fall of 1983 and I already knew who Stephen King was and his genre of choice so I decided to read the Shining on the way over and have been hooked on Sai King since then. The Tower series as you can tell by my avatar are my favorites.
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  9. Wedgeski

    Wedgeski New Member

    I was trying to remember this when I was writing my introductory post yesterday.

    I think it was Christine, when I was about 12 or 13. It was a King household anyway with both my dad and sister nutty about his books, so they were all on the shelf, but I found a BCA hardback of Christine in a second-hand book-shop for £1. It felt right that the first SK I read should be my own copy of something, even if pocket-money limitations soon meant I was dipping into my dad's book-shelf after that. :) That book is still on my book-shelf, and its smell evokes memories of that first experience with almost total clarity.

    On my sister's advice I moved through the more tightly plotted novels (Dead Zone, Firestarter) after that, before hitting the real epics. In the summer of 1987 I finally got around to It, which I think is still my favourite.
  10. krwhiting

    krwhiting Well-Known Member

    I first read King in college. 1987. I read It. Scariest reading experience of my life. I had a very frightening experience as a young kid in which a clown-like figure played a part, and this book was like King new all about it. It gave me nightmares. But the writing was so good that I started reading other books of his. Plus I loved horror movies and ghost stories both, so King's work seemed like a natural direction. Then add to that the great quality of the prose and use of language. Good stuff.

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  11. samhain

    samhain Active Member

    I was around 9 or 10 when I found a paperback copy of 'The Shining' amongst my Dad's book collection. I didn't read it at that time, but the blank face that was pictured on the book's shiny (pun intended) silver cover seem to unnerve me. A few years later, at the age of 14, I was walking by a Waldenbooks in my local shopping mall and saw the paperback of 'Cujo' on the "New Release" kiosk at the front of the store. I bought it, loved it, and went back to the same store to pick up all of the previous releases I had missed up to that point (which included purchasing my own copy of 'The Shining' with the same creepy cover). To this day, Stephen King is the only author whose books I still venture out to buy on the day of their release.
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  12. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer Merry meet

    I was 14, and I was babysitting across the street. And there was a copy of Night Shift in the family's bookshelves.


    I got through "Jerusalem's Lot" and loved it, and continued.
    By the time I finished "Graveyard Shift", I was scared snotless. And I loved it.
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  13. Lucky Rathen

    Lucky Rathen Member

    I think around 12 or 13, I'd outgrown the kids section of my local library and my dad bought me a paperback copy of "Pet Semetary" which he'd read himself and enjoyed. I raced through that then moved on to "Misery" and then "Christine", which became my favourite book as a teenager, I read it so many times. That was me hooked for life.
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  14. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    One of many, many horror novel called "The Something" around the same time:
    The Keep
    The Howling
    The Shining
    The Stand
    The Survivor
    The Sentinel
    The Manitou
    The Stake
    The Ruins

    barely scratches the surface. And don't even get me started on "The Something Something"!
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