Stephen King

What influenced Stephen King's writings?

Stephen King

Everybody knows who Stephen King is; he is one of the greatest horror fiction writers of all time. Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine on September 21, 1947. He has always shown an interest in the genre of horror and fiction, and his earliest works (which were mainly just shory stories) started while he was in school. His first professional short story was a story called "The Glass Floor" which was sold to, and published by Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. He published his first novel shortly after, in 1974. The novel was titled Carrie, and from there, Stephen has wrote many novels, and won many different awards. Some of the more popular awards that he won are in the next column.

  •  Bram Stoker Award
    1987 -  Misery
    1990 - 
    Four Past Midnight
    1995 - Lunch at the Gotham Café
    1996 - The Green Mile
    1998 -
    Bag of Bones
    2006 -
    Lisey's Story
    2009 -
    Duma Key
    2009 -
    Just After Sunset

  • Horror Guild
    1997 - Desperation
    2001 -
    Riding the Bullet
    2001 -
    On Writing
    2002 -
    Black House
    2003 -
     From a Buick 8
    2003 -
    Everything's Eventual

  • Locus Awards
    1982 - Danse Macabre
    1986 -
    Skeleton Crew
    1997 -
    1999 -
    Bag of Bones
    2001 - On Writing

Influencial Life

  1. So, what was the whole reason behind why Stephen King decided to write all of these horror stories? What was his influence to become the writer that he is today? Stephen King actually talked about his main inspiration during a chapter of one of his books, entitled Danse Macabre. He talks about being up in the attic with his older brother, when he found a copy of a collection of short stories that were written by H. P. Lovecraft. The cover had a picture of a green-yellow eyed demon that was hiding deep inside a sinister-looking cave under a tombstone. When Stephen King seen this cover, it was, in his words, "The moment of my life when the dowsing rod suddenly went down hard. As far as I was concerned, I was on my way."

  2. Stephen King  was also influenced by many different authors, and different styles: The 19th-century Gothic-style tradition of writing, and those especially written by Edgar Allen Poe had a very large influence on Stephen King. Stephen King also says that horror writer Richard Matheson was one of the most influential authors in his writing. Stephen is also a big fan of H. P. Lovecraft, which gave a large influence to his writing style as well.

  3. There is also another supposed reason as to why Stephen King's writings are so dark. When Stephen King was only a young boy, he was witness to one of his friends being struck and killed by a train. Although Stephen King has no recollection of this memory, many people believe that there is a connection to this event, and the dark stories that he writes. Stephen completely dismisses this idea, but some people believe that this accident was what influenced his novella The Body, which was included in a novella collection of his called Different Seasons. In the story, the narrator and three of his friends go looking down a set of train tracks to find the body of their deceased friend because they believed he was hit by a train.

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