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King Forgets Cujo

Discussion in 'Cujo' started by TheGooch8494, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. TheGooch8494

    TheGooch8494 Well-Known Member

    I am sure this has shown up somewhere within the existence of this site but since I am new, I thought I would bring it up. I understand King was drinking heavily and had other "party favors" around when constructing Cujo, which is why he doesn't remember writing it. Yet his talent and genius prevail in the publication of this book! I do not know how long it took him to finish the book but I imagine him up day and night (regardless of the booze), bent over a keyboard, hammering out his work. But it still baffles me that he "barely remembers" writing the book and it turned into the amazing work it did. What sort of focus, imagination was running through his mind at this point in time? He was living within the words so much that he blocked out reality until he finished and once completed, moved onto whatever else was next without recalling the process of the story? The King prevails!
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  2. Neesy

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

    Yup - he is just a naturally talented writer. I am glad he got off the booze before he killed himself. Thank his wife Tabitha for staging an intervention! :love:
  3. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Writing is his passion and his avocation, I guess. Maybe CUJO is his version of, "I can do that with one hand tied behind my back"--lol.

    That book was shattering to me as a teenager, and I can't imagine reading it now, as a mom.
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  4. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Cujo was published in 1981. Even without the hard drinking and drugging, who's to say he would have remembered writing it stone cold sober? He wrote it over 33 years ago!
  5. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I occasionally go and mine an old hard drive or two.

    There's some decent stuff (and some embarassing-while-being-alone crap) stored in them. I recognize my writing, but I remember none of the process.

    I'm certain that the King/Cujo anecdote is true.
  6. guido tkp

    guido tkp Well-Known Member

    i, too, had heard of that quote...only when i first heard it, he hadn't (at leaast in the context i'd first read it) mentioned which book it was...

    so i, very naturally (i thought), assumed it was 'the tommyknockers' as it was the only book i'd ever read that just didn't seem like 'him'...

    it seemed like a 'ghost writer' version of him...

    in fact, the only scene that even remotely spoke 'stephen king' to mne was the one with the the soda machine...

    then i saw what was either the full quote or a bit wherein he responded to questions about which one it was...and i was floored...

    only i thought wrong and we all know what happens when we assume...right ?

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...it illustrates his genius, blotto or stone cold sober-but I prefer him older, wrinkled and chemical/alcohol free, rather than pickled...
  8. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones

    To me, guido, Tommyknockers is somewhat confessional being that the lead character is a poet spiraling into heavy, self-destructive alcoholism...
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  9. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    He was quoted as saying it took him three days to write it. I wonder how long it took him to edit it and get it all polished up for submission to his agent?
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  10. Im guessing quite a lot of time.... With Tabitha's help too probably (Thanks Tabitha for getting him back on his feet!!).

    I can't critisise people who have had alcohol/drug problems, I am a recouvering alcoholic (8yrs sober) and I know what long term binge drinking can do to your mind. And it cant of been easy on our Hero Writer to go through what he has, get sober and still write us all these fantastic books that he does. It is never easy , but if you have someone there who cares to help you get clean, its the best gift they can ever give you. My mom Heather helped me and I am eternally greatful.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...Congrats on your sobriety!...
  12. SutterKane

    SutterKane Well-Known Member

    One of the urban legends in all art forms is that the best artists have always struggled with some sort of chemical dependency, and alot of great material does come out of those time periods. I guess it has something to do with the emotional state brought on by the substance that alters the train of thought and, ultimately, the product.

    I don't think Cujo is one of his better books, but I did like it. It totally makes sense that it was written when he was using cocaine though, the speed of the plot and the books short length, it's not hard to see that it was written by a guy who was writing the ideas as fast as they came to him and trying to move quickly. Having probably ingested my weights worth of cocaine in my 20's, that's the way it always effected me, 100 things on your mind at once, trying to move through things as quickly as possible, being brutally honest with people and not caring how they reacted to it (which might explain this books brutal ending) etc etc.

    I can relate to the not being able to remember part only to well. I've been clean since I was 27, about 5 years now, and I have photos of myself in places I never remember being with people I don't remember meeting that drive me crazy. I always had a habit of taking those cheap disposable cameras with me no matter where I went (night clubs, house parties, vacations, etc) but I was so scatter brained from the dope that I hardly ever got them developed. Once I was sober I gathered them all up and had them developed, it was kind of creepy how much from that time period I managed to black out.
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  13. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones

    Pictures but it still feels like it didn't happen....
  14. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    Do you know where this quote is? Thanks. I read that The Shining was written in about 4 weeks. Guess he thought "I'll sleep when I'm dead". LOL
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  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I know The Running Man was written in three days, but I think Cujo was written over a space of a couple of years.

    Had never heard that about The Shining.
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  16. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I don't remember exactly where I read it, but it is something I've seen at least twice in either an interview or in a quote. Sorry I can't be more specific than that. Bev Vincent Bev Vincent may know where the source is- he knows everything King-ly.
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  17. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    From Bev's 'The Stephen King companion', "Though the process of putting into words the story of a man isolated with his family drew King back to his days of poverty 'Fir much of the three or four months it took me to write the first draft' King recalls..."
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  18. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Guess I stand corrected. Maybe it was The Running Man that he wrote while under the influence then? I coulda sworn it was Cujo.
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  19. champ1966

    champ1966 Well-Known Member

    He definitely wrote Cujo while under the influence.
  20. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    The story with The Running Man is he wrote it when he was still teaching school. He was on break and determined to finish the novel before the break ended, hence finishing in three days.

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