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.
 

mjs9153

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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, I TheLastOfTheReallyGreatWhangdoodles.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..
 

Notaro

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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.
 

wolfphoenix

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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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