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  • Stephen King - 1,022 words
    Stephen King is one of the most successful authors of the twentieth-century. He brings nightmares to life in a way that no other writer has succeeded to do, and is now among the most prestigious horror writers of the time. King is indeed a genius at work; however, to fully understand the legacy of Stephen King, one must understand the background from which he came and the manner in which he handled it. Due to the desertion of his father and his lack of self-esteem, Stephen decided early in his childhood that he would not be consumed by the terrors of his fears. He created a world of fantasy in which he controlled the terror. By definition, a fantasy is "the power or process of creating unrea ...
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  • Stephen King - 1,032 words
    ... "good life", she prepared them for college, and encouraged King to submit his writings. As a result, he began to apply his analytical abilities and imagination to his everyday surroundings. King wrote and published a small satiric newspaper called "The Village Vomit" during his sophomore year in high school. This was a little newspaper that cruelly lampooned a number of teachers at Libson (Maine) High School, where King attended (Commire 64). Just as a political cartoon does, "The Village Vomit" used satire to make a mockery of individuals for the purpose of humor. Unfortunately for King, a copy of this newspaper found it's way into the hands of a faculty member, and as King describes it ...
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  • Stephen King Biography - 1,151 words
    The most haunted of houses is the human mind. When you read that quote, what does it make you think? Well, it makes me think of one thing. It makes me think of all of the terrifying stories Ive read by the master of the macabre himself, Stephen Edwin King. His mind has conjured up countless novels and short stories to do none other than to scare you out of your mind. His style and vivid detail meticulously planted in every work he does is the reason for such reactions to his horrific books. I invite you to come and discover the man behind the horror and learn what inspires him to write such imaginative novels and short stories. Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland Maine in the year of 194 ...
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  • Stephen King Biography - 1,166 words
    ... station was going bankrupt. He was appalled. So he drove down to the radio station and he bought it right then and there. The station is WZON and is still on the air right this very minute. King is also in a hard rock band where he sings and plays the guitar. The band, called The Rock Bottom Remainders, puts on many concerts to benefit different charities (Beahm 72-73). Perhaps the most inspiration comes from the numerous towns that King has lived in over his lifetime. For example, the town of Orrington, Maine is the town that King and his wife lived in when they were first married. The town inspired him to write his smash novel Pet Sematary. There was a road, called Route 15, that runs ...
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  • Desperation By Stephen King - 1,413 words
    Desperation, a recent Stephen King novel, is not just a book, but an experience that leaves the reader frightened, paranoid, and questioning his moral beliefs. Picture, if you will, a lone, crazed Nevada policeman who pulls over vehicles on a lonely desert highway and forcefully takes away their occupants. Whichever of them he doesnt kill immediately, he locks up in the jail of the small desolate town of Desperation. Among those captured are the vacationing Carver family, whose RV is sabotaged on its way to Arizona. Already incarcerated is Tom Billingsley, a once well-known member of the now slaughtered community of Desperation. They are soon joined by formerly famous, currently old and over ...
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  • Edgar Allan Poe And Stephen King: A Comparison And Contrast Of Their Writing Careers - 1,287 words
    ... lien creatures got into your head and just started well, tommyknocking around in there. What you got was energy and a kind of superficial intelligence What you gave up in exchange was your soul. It was the best metaphor for drugs and alcohol my tired, overstressed mind could come up with (On Writing 96-7). Unlike Poe though, King had a wonderful sense of support in his wife and friends, and in 1987 his wife Tabitha stepped in and gathered his friends for an intervention of sorts. With the help of those who love him, King was able to get clean and stay sober. It took a while for him to find his pace, but eventually he was able to exceed his abilities as a stoned writer and his success nev ...
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  • Review Of "the Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" By Stephen King - 1,218 words
    The world had teeth and it could bite you with them anytime it wanted So begins a novel that weaves imagery, suspense, and emotions into a rich web of thought and action: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King. This book starts out simple, but as the storyline goes on, increasingly complex issues and conflicts arise. A young girl, Trisha McFarland, tries to find her way out of the woods in the northeastern United States. As she becomes hopelessly lost, she starts imagining that she is with pitcher Tom Gordon, and relies on him to help her survive. At the beginning of the novel, Trisha is recapitulating over how she got lost in the woods. The narrator tells the reader about her parents ...
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  • Biography On Stephen King - 1,118 words
    Stephen King an American author has truly made a significant impact on todays readers. King can turn marital stress, peer pressure, or adultery into a terrifying epic that would make your skin crawl. Stephen Edwin King was born September 21,1947 in Portland, Maine. Stephens birth was a tremendous surprise to his parents as they had been told they could not have children. When Stephen was 2 years old his parents began experiencing problems in their marriage. One-day Stephens father went out to buy a pack of cigarettes and never returned. Stephen hasnt seen his father since. After Stephens father left the rest of the family relocated to Massachusetts. After living in Massachusetts for several ...
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  • Firestarter - 506 words
    1.How do I feel about this novel ? The way I feel about this novel is kind of mixed because , I couldn't tell if Mr. King was trying to scare me like it was a horror story or if he was trying to make this story more Science Fiction . The way I reacted , when he starts to talk about the power of Charlie McGee and how she is starting to realize her strengths. It freaked me out , because how could somebody have that much power. The way this novel relates to me and others is , when McGee starts to become very controlling with to much power . My friends do the same thing when they think their in charge. The feeling I mostly experienced . Was sadness for McGee because she was blessed with a gift , ...
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  • The Eyes Of The Dragon - 1,053 words
    The theme of the book, The Eyes of the Dragon, by Stephen King, is to stick to one's beliefs no matter what happens and always do what one knows is right. Don't give up on oneself; anything is possible. King Roland was the noble king of Delain. He was known as Roland the Good. He was, by far, not a bad king, though he was really not a great king. He meant no harm and was successful, but whenever he meant to do great things, he seemed to be unsuccessful. Roland, king of Delain, had two sons and had done his best to raise them without a wife. Peter, the oldest, was much like his father. He was successful at avoiding harm of the kingdom. In addition, he seemed to be more successful at the great ...
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  • None Provided - 614 words
    Carrie Stephen King The main characters in this story are Carrie,her mom(Mrs.White),and Chris Hargenson. Carrie is a very shy and nieve girl.She is mad fun of often by the other girls at school.She is tired of being mad fun of and realizes she has mental powers.Mrs.White is a religious phanatic who is basically crazy.Carries mom takes everything out on her.Chris Hargenson is a girl Carrie goes to school with who is very snotty,and like the other The setting takes place in a small town in New England during the 1980s.The story mainly takes place in Carries home and school.She turns her town into a tale of terror. One day Carrie is at school in the gym locker room and she gets her menses.Well, ...
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  • Fear In Different Genres - 3,021 words
    Fear is defined as a condition between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems it becomes clear that fear is an emotion that the writer like to heighten not only in the protagonist, but also in the reader. After reading great works by people such as George Orwell and Stephen King, it becomes clear that fear in the most uncontrollable emotion, quick to come, and long to last. The horror movies of today may bring about a cheap scare, but to truly fear something is the same as dying a thousand times over. All ...
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  • Fear In Different Genres - 2,967 words
    ... oes in. There is a scream as the tiger devours Kenny and Charles cringes outside the bathroom. Soon after that incident Miss Bird comes by to see what happened to the two boys, and she goes right into the bathroom and is devoured as well. Charles then noticed that the tiger was satiated and he proceeds to use the bathroom, and heads back to class. The fear in this story may also be a fear of growing up. Charles sounds to be in about first grade and is getting used to acting more mature and being a responsible young man. The fact that Miss Bird made him say bathroom instead of basement is something that may have played tricks on Charles' mind, and maybe the tiger was his fear come out int ...
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  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - 1,782 words
    Have you ever witnessed someone being badly injured or even killed? Have you ever been involved in a fire, flood, or any other natural disaster? The estimated lifetime prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among adult Americans is 7.8%, with men calculating at 5% and women at 10.4%, twice as likely as men to have PTSD at some point in their lives. This represents a small proportion of those who have experienced at least one traumatic event, for 60.7% of men and 51.2% of women reported at least one traumatic event. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in victims who experience or witness life-threatening events, and this disorder can be fami ...
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  • King - 1,857 words
    Stephen Edwin King is one of today's most popular and best selling writers. King's major contribution to horror literature is to situate it within the general anxieties of contemporary life. His focus is not on vampires, werewolves and such, but on ordinary people faced with these horrors and the darker horrors of lost jobs, disintegrating families, mental breakdown, and all the other fears that haunt the modern age. What makes Stephen Kings stories almost magical is that the settings of his stories. King has the ability to make terrifying situations out of apparently ordinary circumstances. Additionally, King's writings are true to life in peoples minds because he draws upon common fears. K ...
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  • Pet Sematary - 1,777 words
    Pet Sematary by Stephen King is a book about an ordinary family moving from Maine to Ludlow because the family father, Louis Creed, got a new job as a doctor at the University in Ludlow. Louis and his wife Rachel, have two kids and they also have a cat called Church. Elly has just started school, and Gage is two years old. Across the big road in front of their new house, Jud and Norma Crandall lives, and almost instantly Louis and his family become very good friends with Jud and Norma who are an old couple in their early eighties. Every now and then Louis goes over to Juds in the evenings and theyre drinking beer and talking. Louis and Jud become very close friends and Louis thinks of Jud as ...
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  • Symbolism And The Yellow Wallpaper - 928 words
    For starters, I would like to begin by saying that this piece of literature, to me, was a disturbing piece of fiction that reminded me of the book (and film) "The Shining" by Stephen King. Both story's draw from the instability of the main characters mental state. This story in particular draws from the personal experiences of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is the story of a woman's downward spiral ending in insanity. Everything is viewed through the eyes of the mental patient. She describes her day to day life, paying much attention to the yellow wallpaper. The wallpaper in it's decrepid state was a symbol representing the characters instable psychological being. The story opens w ...
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  • Huh - 997 words
    If you have an imagination, let it run free." 9-11 - Steven King, 1963 The King of Terror Stephen Edwin King is one of today's most popular and best selling writers. King combines the elements of psychological thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal, and detective themes into his stories. In addition to these themes, King sticks to using great and vivid detail that is set in a realistic everyday place. Stephen King who is mainly known for his novels, has broadened his horizons to different types of writings such as movie scripts, nonfiction, autobiographies, children's books, and short stories. While Stephen King might be best known for his novels The Stand and It, some of his been publis ...
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  • The Breathing Method - 587 words
    Stephen King was born on September 21, 1947 in Portland, Maine. In 1949, when Stephen was 2 years old, his father left one night and never came back. There are a couple of turning points in his young life that he believes pointed him in the direction that he now is at. In 1954 he began to write stories. Around 1959, he found a box of horror and sci-fi books in his aunt's house. Those books brought the horror genre to him. He began writing horror stories shortly thereafter. In 1965, his first story I Was A Teenage Grave Robber was published in the Comics Review magazine. In 1971, King married Tabatha Spruce, and they now have three children, Joe, Owen and Naomi. His first novel, Carrie, was p ...
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  • The Green Mile - 465 words
    William Faulkner said that "The best literature is about the old universal truths, such as love, honor, pride, compassion, and sacrifice." This means that long standing truths contain ideas that appeal to people and also create a sense of feeling for the particular characters in the novel. I agree with Faulkner's statement because many books that I have read have contained the elements he named. This statement is true of the book I read, The Green Mile by Stephen King, because this novel has much to say about compassion and sacrifice. The universal truth of compassion is very much a part of this book. One part especially shows this truth. Percy, a prison guard, crushes a death row prisoner's ...
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