02 November 2010 @ 10:10 pm
How were you introduced to Stephen King's work?

My dad has always been a fan of King's stuff and when I was a toddler he would read me excerpts from the books. I was young enough that I didn't understand what was going on and was soothed by my dad's steady voice. My love for King started early, as you can see. :) I was always interested in the morbid side of life and so I was drawn to the King books on our bookshelves. I loved the covers. I'd stare at them for hours, tracing my fingers over the bubbly letters and wondering what secrets the stories contained. One of my favorite images was the illustration of the hand crushing a spider from Eyes of the Dragon. Who am I kidding? I STILL love that picture. :)

As I got older (first grade and on) I'd watch horror movies with my dad. Some of those were based on King's books. I remember being entranced with Carrie; the idea that she could make things move with her mind was so badass. I was super jealous of that skill. I absolutely LOVED Stand By Me, too. A story of kids looking for a dead body? Oh yeah. I was totally into that. I'd watch it all the time. I'd reenact it with my friends in the woods.

I remember being horrified by Children of the Corn (the original). My biggest fear was being left behind and all of the parents being killed at the beginning? Scared me so bad. I linked it with these ugly ass curtains we had in the kitchen. The breeze kept blowing them when I was watching the opening of the movie and so for months after, whenever those red and white checked curtains blew in the wind I'd get super nervous and find some place else to be real fucking quick. :)

The next year I rewatched the movie and couldn't believe I'd been scared by it. Life is amusing :)

But yeah. I've known of his work for as long as I can remember and while I first became a fan because my dad was one, it didn't take me too long to realize I loved King just as much, if not more than my dad did. I may die of excitement next month when I meet him at a book signing. Dear God, it will be amazing kjagdhasdjkghasdg YAY!