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Neesy

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I've always wondered: is the office where you work the location described in this article?

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview - Rolling Stone
Like she is going to tell you!

:D
They probably have the interview separate so I might not even have to do that. Bev shared it with me, though, so have had a chance to see it and only got jumped once. :smile:
Sure :cool2: - Sure it is! :shh::m_bigwink:

:lol_pig:

Ooops - I inserted the wrong quote :down::facepalm:

I meant to quote the one below
 

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It says they fear they draw weird people. But is that an actual concern? Because his house in Bangor very much stands out because of the fence and gate, but has it drawn many weird/dangerous people?

My idea always is: there aren't that many actually dangerous crazy people. It may seem that way because of fiction, but the amount of actual serial killers and people like that is fairly limited. I've never ever actually met people that were crazy in a way that was scary or seemed threatening - there are enough thieves and people who will try to scam you (and Internet is a great tool for them), but the amount of people that have a potentially dangerous mental condition is not that big in my experience.
All it takes is one. But, yes, we've had people who are most definitely on the edge and one of those who came to our office later broke into the Kings' home and claimed to have a bomb. Fortunately no one was hurt and he didn't actually have one but it's better to be safe than sorry. We've also been alerted (Tarasoff warning) that an individual who had threatened harm had been released from a mental institution. As I said, it only takes one and if that means working in an office where we have locked doors and security cameras, I'm okay with that.
 

Neesy

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It says they fear they draw weird people. But is that an actual concern? Because his house in Bangor very much stands out because of the fence and gate, but has it drawn many weird/dangerous people?

My idea always is: there aren't that many actually dangerous crazy people. It may seem that way because of fiction, but the amount of actual serial killers and people like that is fairly limited. I've never ever actually met people that were crazy in a way that was scary or seemed threatening - there are enough thieves and people who will try to scam you (and Internet is a great tool for them), but the amount of people that have a potentially dangerous mental condition is not that big in my experience.
Really? Haven't you read any books about sociopaths and psychopaths? I'd like to believe that underneath we're all normal, but I do not think that is the case :jaded:
 

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Really? Haven't you read any books about sociopaths and psychopaths? I'd like to believe that underneath we're all normal, but I do not think that is the case :jaded:
I haven't read extensively about it, no. Just going by how I've experienced people in life in general, and I actually have been in psychiatric environments and found nobody there threatening in any way.
I think there is a big fascination for sociopaths and psychopaths in the media, but I think it's largely out of proportion. When discussing serial-killers always the same couple of names come up, because apparently there aren't that many.

Unless I understand a article like this wrong the percentage is actually really low:

What percentage of people are psychopaths/sociopaths? - Quora
 

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All it takes is one. But, yes, we've had people who are most definitely on the edge and one of those who came to our office later broke into the Kings' home and claimed to have a bomb. Fortunately no one was hurt and he didn't actually have one but it's better to be safe than sorry. We've also been alerted (Tarasoff warning) that an individual who had threatened harm had been released from a mental institution. As I said, it only takes one and if that means working in an office where we have locked doors and security cameras, I'm okay with that.
...I'm tall enough, that I'll swing by this Summer and clean the camera lenses for you.....
 

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All it takes is one. But, yes, we've had people who are most definitely on the edge and one of those who came to our office later broke into the Kings' home and claimed to have a bomb. Fortunately no one was hurt and he didn't actually have one but it's better to be safe than sorry. We've also been alerted (Tarasoff warning) that an individual who had threatened harm had been released from a mental institution. As I said, it only takes one and if that means working in an office where we have locked doors and security cameras, I'm okay with that.
But you could wonder if this is because of the nature of the fiction he writes, or that everyone who is a celebrity has dealings like this from time to time.
I suspect most people who work for someone famous have some extra safety regulations, because a well-known person is an obvious target.

Was there in those cases a clear line between the perpetrators and the fiction? What was the reason they targeted SK?
 

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But you could wonder if this is because of the nature of the fiction he writes, or that everyone who is a celebrity has dealings like this from time to time.
I suspect most people who work for someone famous have some extra safety regulations, because a well-known person is an obvious target.

Was there in those cases a clear line between the perpetrators and the fiction? What was the reason they targeted SK?
Lots of reasons. We have two file drawers filled with letters from people who are not playing with a full deck. Being a celebrity has something to do with it but more people than you would think seem to believe he has satanic leanings. We were also taught that we should be aware of people who are obsessive in a fatal attraction sort of way. We also get people who threaten him because of his political leanings.
 

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Lots of reasons. We have two file drawers filled with letters from people who are not playing with a full deck. Being a celebrity has something to do with it but more people than you would think seem to believe he has satanic leanings. We were also taught that we should be aware of people who are obsessive in a fatal attraction sort of way. We also get people who threaten him because of his political leanings.
....and only three of them were from me......:D
 

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Lots of reasons. We have two file drawers filled with letters from people who are not playing with a full deck. Being a celebrity has something to do with it but more people than you would think seem to believe he has satanic leanings. We were also taught that we should be aware of people who are obsessive in a fatal attraction sort of way. We also get people who threaten him because of his political leanings.
Are those people who think he has satanic leanings worried (fundamental) religious groups or rather individuals? And is that something mostly Americans think or people all over the world?
Anyone with some common sense can understand that a horror-writer is dealing with fiction, and at most may research subjects like that but not dabble in them, but I suppose that for some people that line may not appear to be so clear.

Does fatal attraction in this case mean people who have some sort of crush on him and would stalk him?

As for political, I can understand. Because he is very outspoken in that respect and constantly posting his comments and that could rub people the wrong way. American politics always are so personally aimed anyway - it's like a personal fight between people almost.
 

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Are those people who think he has satanic leanings worried (fundamental) religious groups or rather individuals? And is that something mostly Americans think or people all over the world?
Anyone with some common sense can understand that a horror-writer is dealing with fiction, and at most may research subjects like that but not dabble in them, but I suppose that for some people that line may not appear to be so clear.
We hear from individuals. Most of our mail comes from the US but that belief is not something that is exclusive to the US. For those who have these viewpoints, the line is very clear to them. It's just the line that most of us subscribe to.

Does fatal attraction in this case mean people who have some sort of crush on him and would stalk him?
Yes, that's what I meant by that. If they are obsessive with their affection, it can be just as dangerous if they feel that they are being ignored or slighted.

As for political, I can understand. Because he is very outspoken in that respect and constantly posting his comments and that could rub people the wrong way. American politics always are so personally aimed anyway - it's like a personal fight between people almost.
And is getting worse, not better, in how divided we are politically/ideologically.
 

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We hear from individuals. Most of our mail comes from the US but that belief is not something that is exclusive to the US. For those who have these viewpoints, the line is very clear to them. It's just the line that most of us subscribe to.
Not sure I understand. They CAN see the difference between fiction and reality? They understand it's just fiction? Then why do they write those letters?
 

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I always felt that something like Twitter or Facebook plays into that, because it makes celebrities seem more close than ever. But apparently it isn't harmful enough, or otherwise it would stop.
But even if you understand that something like Twitter is really a kind of 'trick' that makes it feel like you can directly talk to a celebrity, when you reply to a celebrity often without getting a response, it still gives a feeling of being 'ignored' (some people just post 'notice me!' to celebrities), which may anger some people and make them dangerous.
 

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I don't even think Misery was inspired by a real case of stalking. Wasn't it inspired directly by a dream he had multiple times?

In any case, we can relate to a character like Annie Wilkes. Because there is a certain personal bond between an artist and his public.
Yes, Misery was inspired by a dream, not an actual personal experience of his. That's not to say that there haven't been situations in which he has been stalked to various degrees.
 

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Yes, Misery was inspired by a dream, not an actual personal experience of his. That's not to say that there haven't been situations in which he has been stalked to various degrees.
I recall having read at the time it came out that it was inspired by a recurring nightmare of his. But it says on this site it was this one dream.
Here it is in more detail:

Stephen King's Misery Inspired by Dream

It was also a reaction to fans rejecting 'Eyes of the Dragon' for it being fantasy rather than horror.
And it seems this was the woman that inspired Annie Wilkes:

Nurse That Inspired Stephen King's 'Misery' Set For Early Release | LitReactor
 

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I recall having read at the time it came out that it was inspired by a recurring nightmare of his. But it says on this site it was this one dream.
Here it is in more detail:

Stephen King's Misery Inspired by Dream

It was also a reaction to fans rejecting 'Eyes of the Dragon' for it being fantasy rather than horror.
And it seems this was the woman that inspired Annie Wilkes:

Nurse That Inspired Stephen King's 'Misery' Set For Early Release | LitReactor
In addition to the dream, Steve has mentioned the short story by Evelyn Waugh "The Man Who Loved Dickens" being an inspiration. I've never heard it being a reaction to fans rejection Eyes of the Dragon.
 
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