All hail the King

All hail the King

 

Have you ever wondered if you talk about a subject too much? No, me neither. That’s something I associate with men (sorry again, guys) who tend to get fixated on something and investigate and discuss it to the n’th degree.

But during a conversation with my Mum the other day, I realised I was mistaken in my belief, because she announced that if ever she won a ton of money, somehow, in some way, she’d make it possible for me to meet Stephen King.

Given that Mr King already has shitloads of money, I’m not sure how she’d accomplish it, but knowing her tenacity and creativity combined are a real force to be reckoned with, I’m pretty sure she’d manage it. I was more shocked to find I was delighted.

Yup, turns out my sweet and pretty heart wants nothing more than to chat with Stephen King.

I’ll tell you why. A long time ago, I began having terrible nightmares. They are the most horrible you can imagine. No self-respecting horror writer would ever pen down these beauties, they’d be accused of writing sick pulp. They are visceral and painful and I wake, sometimes shouting, sometimes crying, sometimes just sweating and fighting my way to the surface. Yup, they don’t make sleep the secure escape it should be.

I’ve tried so many things… having a very tidy bedroom, sleeping naked, sleeping clothed, going to bed early, going to bed at the same time every night, going to bed drunk, sober, bathed, wearing perfume, with a sandwich, starving-hungry… you get the idea.

I always read in bed, I have since I was a child and I’d never been drawn to scary things at all. I don’t like ghosts or scary films, or violence. Not the bravest. One day, I wondered if reading scary stuff before sleep would work. I also thought I might as well do it, seeing as nothing was scarier than my own dreams.

I began with the best-known horror writer of the age – Stephen King. I found his books to be not at all what I expected. Even in the classic ‘horror’ stories, the emphasis is on the characters, and on good and good winning out. These were heartening tales, with gutsy heroes and heroines and children who fought evil with the strength only innocence can bring.

These were the writings of a person I knew I would like. I bought ‘On Writing’, his book about writing, and found it amusing, inspiring and helpful. It was like reading something a friend had written.

I follow him on Twitter now, needless to say his politics are at the forefront, he’s an avid anti-Trump man.

Has he solved my nightmares? Not quite. I still get them, but at least I have something great to think about while I fall asleep and that helps.

Yep, I’m his biggest fan 😀 Anyone who has read Misery will know, that’s not always a good thing!

 

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17 comments

  • Ha! I never read Misery, but my best friend and I loved loved loved “It”, we even took it to the club for reading should the evening prove uninteresting. He has a great way of slowly building characters and tension, I enjoy that very much. Haven’t read anything by him for years, will look into his book on writing now! I’m glad he has helped you with your bad dreams. I think it’s highly unfair that one often only remembers the bad ones, the nice ones just evaporating as soon as one awakes. Wouldn’t it be nice if it were the other way around?

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    • It would be a much nicer world indeed Sisch. Glad to have found a fellow King fan in you, too ❤ I guess you've read The Green Mile and Shawshank Redemption and stuff? I'd recommend Dolores Claiborne too, if you haven't xxx

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  • He is a very very nice man. His house is amazing. You could probably meet him at a book signing or if you came to Maine and stalked him….

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    • You know what kills me, Drake. I went to Maine. I went all the way there and it was like… 2 years before I started reading Stephen King. Now I’m like sheeit, there WAS more than trees! ❤

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    • I worked for a billiard table company, we installed an ebony table with blood red felt. Sweetest table we ever did. Maine is awesome, and just knowing there is one of my favorite authors just up the road is kind of cool. My 16 year old has started his epic series.. She has been working through the “stand alone” books first and has just started The Gunslinger. She actually yelled at people in the theater for commenting loudly on the differences between the movie and the book. Love that kid.

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    • Ahh. I’m re-reading those at the moment. Such great books. I love your kid too. May I come stay at your house and stalk Stephen King? This could all work out peachy, haha.

      You installed a billiards table in his house? 😮 Did you see the man?

      I was kidding about just trees. No, I wasn’t. There were literally just trees. And a lake or two. But once we got into an RV and drove, it was much more fun.

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  • Men fixate on things? I spent 3 days researching a lawn care product that supposed to add carbon to the soil, reduce watering and fertilizing, AND help with global warming. SO….you’re assumption is 100% correct. Like most other artists, I stop watching, reading, listening to them when they inject their personal opinions about politics into the mix. I like to use music, books, and film (gardening, too!) to escape from the madness of the day. It’s like listening to the radio and in between songs, the DJ offering his or her insight into politics. Sigh. I just want to listen to music.

    Anyway, do you like H.P. Lovecraft? He’s one of my favorite horror writers.

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    • I agree about politics mixed with fun, it’s not good. But in his defence, politics doesn’t enter into his stories a great deal, it’s just his Twitter and that is his own Twitter, so he can use it how he wishes.

      About Lovecraft – no, I’ve not read any and I’d really appreciate your thoughts. As stated in what i’ve written about King, I like some light in the dark, something to hope for, someone who is going to save the day… I recently watched a film based on a Lovecraft short story – Color Out Of Space – and it was exactly the kind of thing I DON’T like. It was grim, yucky, hard-going and depressing. Now, this might have just been the film, perhaps the stories are infused with the triumph of human nature or something and it just didn’t translate to the screen. Can you please advise? x

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    • That’s the one thing that I do like about horror movies and books – and that is when there’s nothing light. Lovecraft is unrelenting in his darkness. There’s a movie called ‘In the Mouth of Madness” that is loosely based on Lovecraft’s work. There is no hero, no happy ending. When I look for light in the darkness, I turn to Sci-Fi.

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    • Then you’ve helped me make up my mind, although he is no doubt talented, he’s probably not the one for me. Thanks Rob x

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    • Lovecraft is dark.. Very dark. Not much light in his tales. Movies, books, Short stories, all very dark and usually not even a semi happy ending. But i love his books as well. Clive Barker, dean Koontz, Lovecraft, Poe, King.. All favorites.

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    • I tried Koontz. Really enjoyed the first but then all the ones after seemed to have the same characters in them. Too similar for me anyway. I will try Poe at some point. Lovecraft won’t be for me. I’m a jolly little thing at heart x

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