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Award Thursdays: Stephen King

Post by: Kabita Sonowal







“People think that I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”


-    Stephen King


Stephen King has been synonymous with the literary genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction, drama, gothic, genre fiction, dark fantasy, post-apocalyptic fiction. His most famous works include Salem’s Lot, Four Past Midnight, Lunch at the Gotham Café, The Green Mile, Bag of Bones, Riding the Bullet, Desperation, Full Dark, No Stars, Cujo, Black House, From a Buick 8, Everything’s Eventual, On Writing, Lisey’s Story, Herman Wouk is Still Alive, The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, The Man in the Black Suit and Storm of the Century among other works. With a glorious writing career spanning three and a half decades, he has been the recipient of several literary awards such as Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards, O. Henry Award, International Horror Guild Awards, Quill Award, Shirley Jackson Award and Spokane Public Library Golden Pen Award among many others.


King was born in 1947 in Indiana in the States. He began to indulge in reading and writing at a young age. His first piece of work to be published was the ‘I Was a Teenage Grave Robber’ in the Comics Review. He attended the University of Maine from where he received a BA in English. He began to write short stories. Carrie was his first novel to be published and the rest followed.


King’s tip to aspiring authors is - “Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer." He adds, “If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.”


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