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I have a similar story! I read the Goosebumps and Fear Street books. My best friend's grandfather would take us to the library every weekend and when I turned 12/13, I was wanting to up my horror reading game and I had heard of Stephen King (who hasn't?). I picked Cujo because my mom loves dogs and so do I. After that, I kept with the animal theme and read Pet Semetary. I was sold from that point on. I was just telling my mom that she was one of the reasons that I discovered SK because of her love of animals. She was confused, but accepted the compliment....I always read the Goosebumps, and Scary Stories, so was already into scary stuff. We were driving down to visit my uncle in Tennessee, and stopped at Hills to grab me a book. I saw Cujo, the one with the pinkish color, and just the pawprint on the front, and the black and white pic of SK on the back. I liked dogs. Figured it would be good. Which it was. I really liked it...
...cool story *hiccup!* bro!...This is the first time. Five schooners just drank at the General Robert's Hotel in New Lambton and too packed so went to the library, and go back in 30. Maybe go to the Duke of Wellington. Read Mr. King first time in 1978. He is Clint Eastwood with a pen. I think Owen likes James Joyce or the Welshman, Thomas. I like the Welsh because they have that sing-song accent like Swedish. I have picture of myself with people. I feel funny now. The Librarian in here has long brown hair. I will drink another five beers.
15? 198? Nightshift picked it up in one of those thrift stores where you brought in your comics and they gave you half credit for any of the other used books/comics to take home. I liked it because it looked cool with the deadeyes of the hand from the "I am the Doorway story"How's that for a title?
Actually, I'm curious. How many of you remember your first experience with Sai King? What was the book/story, how old were you, why did you get it/who did you get it from, etc.
I'll start it off. I was 12 years old and home with a fever and a bad case of chicken pox. Earlier in the week, I had bought my mom a paperback copy of Pet Sematary, as she often took me to see horror movies and we both loved to read. I was home and bored, so I found my way into her room and took the book off her bookshelf. For the record, she had no idea I was reading it, and I probably shouldn't have. I was done for. I had the book read by the end of the day, and as soon as I was healthy, I went out a picked up a copy of 'Salem's Lot, and I was firmly established as a Constant Reader ever since.
welcome Steven!15? 198? Nightshift picked it up in one of those thrift stores where you brought in your comics and they gave you half credit for any of the other used books/comics to take home. I liked it because it looked cool with the deadeyes of the hand from the "I am the Doorway story"
looking out from holes in the cover. I went from Archie and Jughead to this. and to The Joy of Sex by Masters and Johnson which was equally frightening for a boy of 15 by the way. The stories in Nightshift weren't all barn burners but enough had that "reveal" at the end that gave me a sense of awe in the true sense of the word.
It was wtf 80's style and I was all in.
I've been a little perplexed over the years to figure out how I was hooked in on the first page of all of his novels good or bad. To have to delve into the story to see what happens next. Turns out it's a part of his writing process to do that.
Well played Mr. King well played.