What Was Your First Memory of SK?

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Blake

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I think it would be around 1979 or 1980 and I was reading Pet Sematary I think and my father sometimes ask if he could have a look at what I'm reading and he looked at the book by Stephen King and read the brief biography of him and said like,"I've been to Maine," and that was it. And the reason I started reading King was because of Salem's Lot mini-series back in the 1970's. The I read the Shining because we went to see the movie in 1980 because of was part of the film appreciation group at the end of year activities. And then I liked his writing and continued reading him. I like the characters in his books. He don't write like a snob.
 

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At nine I was reading stuff like Encyclopedia Brown mysteries or doing Adlibs, LOL. That's impressive you were reading at an advanced level. Did it scare you?
I was probably hip deep in The Hardy Boys Mysteries, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, all sorts of stuff.. as an aside I read the last of the really great whangdoodles by Julie Edwards real name Julie Andrews of Mary Poppins fame. It's funny, there are creatures with strange names in it and the human kids are named Potter.. being British, ITheLastOfTheReallyGreatWhangdoodles.jpg wonder if that was an influence on JK Rowling and her Harry Potter series, with the strange names that she used for animals and other things..
 

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My first memory of Stephen King is of my sister reading Salem's Lot, must have been around '77 or '78, she slept with her light on for months afterward, then in '79 in was in hospital for minor surgery and the night I went in Salem's Lot was on tv, there was a tv in the ward I was in so everybody crowded around the telly and watched it, even the nurses sat down on the end of the beds and watched. The following year I started working in my current profession, I met a guy who was a big SK fan, he recommended I read whatever SK book I could get my hands on, and I haven't stopped since.
 

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My first memory of Stephen King is of my sister reading Salem's Lot, must have been around '77 or '78, she slept with her light on for months afterward, then in '79 in was in hospital for minor surgery and the night I went in Salem's Lot was on tv, there was a tv in the ward I was in so everybody crowded around the telly and watched it, even the nurses sat down on the end of the beds and watched. The following year I started working in my current profession, I met a guy who was a big SK fan, he recommended I read whatever SK book I could get my hands on, and I haven't stopped since.
cool story!

.......being in grade school and hearing everyone (all age groups) talking about carrie and sk
 

Chuggs

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My first memory of Stephen King is of my mom and dad reading the books when I was a kid. The first one I remember is Pet Semetary. I remember my dad being really freaked out by it. Then I remember him reading The Dark Tower books. I used to love sitting on the floor and looking through the artwork.
 

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I first started reading Stephen King with my brother (he'd read them to me). We read quite a few, but I can't remember the very first one. It was either Carrie or Pet Sematary.

I was familiar with Stephen King before that, but I had never read one of his books all the way through, only heard my bro talk about them and seen some of the movies. Big shout out to my brother for getting me hooked!
 

Notaro

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I first started reading Stephen King with my brother (he'd read them to me). We read quite a few, but I can't remember the very first one. It was either Carrie or Pet Sematary.

I was familiar with Stephen King before that, but I had never read one of his books all the way through, only heard my bro talk about them and seen some of the movies. Big shout out to my brother for getting me hooked!
Nice memories to have.
 

cbig61

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Other than reading his books that I snatched from my older brother, my first memory of Stephen King was making my girlfriend tinkle herself a bit when I grabbed her leg at the end of the original Carrie.
As fun as it was, we didn't last long after that.
 

Quinton

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I would have to say, Carrie. There was always that one person on the bus who would read and be in the "knowledge" of all of the Stephen King Books and one might find them a little on the weird side for always possessing a Stephen King novel that they read rather than join in the afterschool bus ride antics. Every once in a while they would get my attention and give enough info to know to watch out for it coming out in the movies. I was never much of a reader but they always gave enough info to know to look out for the movie. Which is how I acquainted myself with Stephen King. I always was jealous of the people who would say " MAN you should read the book It's so much better !! I could never sit still or understand what I read.34080 Much rather see the movie a book took me weeks to read.
 

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I would have to say, Carrie. There was always that one person on the bus who would read and be in the "knowledge" of all of the Stephen King Books and one might find them a little on the weird side for always possessing a Stephen King novel that they read rather than join in the afterschool bus ride antics. Every once in a while they would get my attention and give enough info to know to watch out for it coming out in the movies. I was never much of a reader but they always gave enough info to know to look out for the movie. Which is how I acquainted myself with Stephen King. I always was jealous of the people who would say " MAN you should read the book It's so much better !! I could never sit still or understand what I read.View attachment 34080 Much rather see the movie a book took me weeks to read.
I guess I was one of the weird kids, LOL. Nice to meetcha, Quinton. :cool:
 

Towerbent BreakSlinger

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Fire-starter it was 1986 and I was all of ten years old- it was the first book i ever checked out of the library that wasn’t from the children’s section and get this, years later I went to a library book sale there and bought that copy - I still have it today -30+years later- beaten up a bit, but it never fails to bring back the best of days, laying in the sun, maybe in a pile of leaves - I’ll never forget how I felt as I read of Redbird, putting Andy in crosshairs, or Charlie’s heartbreak when she burned the Manders farm , or even crazy dr wanless, shredding his ciggies instead of smoking them
 

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Checking out Cujo from my small town library on a warm spring day in 1982. Read it cover to cover while sitting in my mom's car across the street at the Sears & Roebuck store she worked at. I'd heard of Stephen King but never read anything by him. I was completely and totally hooked ten pages in and never looked back. Upon finishing the book, the world looked a bit different because I had found an author who seemed to understand, like I already did, that the good guys don't always win. I immediately returned the book and checked out The Shining, and the rest is history...