The master of horror just turned 70!
Stephen King is one of the most prolific and influential authors of our time, with his work adapted to every conceivable medium many times over. But there’s more to King’s story than pages in a book. Here’s 5 things you may not know about Stephen King.
1 - He threw away his first novel, Carrie.
The only thing more frightening than the story of Carrie itself, is the novel might have never been published after a frustrated young Stephen King literally threw the manuscript in the trash. Luckily behind every great man is a great woman, and King’s wife Tabitha rescued the book and encouraged him to keep going. #RelationshipGoals
2 - He hates Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” movie.
When you’ve had your work adapted as much as Stephen King, you’re not going to love every re-imagining. This was definitely the case for “The Shining”, not only when the author saw the finished film, but even when meeting auteur Stanley Kubrick for the first time. When speaking to BBC, King said he found the film’s director to be a “compulsive, almost anal man.”
As for the film itself?
Shelley Duvall as Wendy is really one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film. She’s basically just there to scream and be stupid, and that’s not the woman that I wrote about.
3 - He was hit by a van, then bought the van.
Like something out of his novels, the author found himself the victim of a freak accident. While walking down the street near his Maine home in 1999, Stephen King was struck by an out of control Dodge mini van, nearly killing him.
In an effort to keep the van from showing up on eBay, King managed to buy the van for $1500, vowing to beat it with a bat. At one point he even wanted to organize a charity benefit to give others the chance to help him serve vengeance. No final word on whether or not he was able to fulfill this fantasy, but reportedly the van was found crushed at a local junkyard.
4 - He wrote “The Running Man” in a week.
317 pages ÷ 7 days = 45 pages per day. Given how long it’s taken me to write this article, I’m impressed.
The biggest joke about Stephen King is that he seemingly cannot stop writing, with 56 novels published to date. For a brief period, he even published novels under the name Richard Bachman so as not to flood the market with “Stephen King” novels, including 1982’s "The Running Man".
5 - He was in a band called “The Rock Bottom Remainders.”
What does the man behind some of the most terrifying books, movies, and TV shows do in his spare time? Sing and play guitar in a band with other authors, of course. The novelty rock band consisted of authors such as Dave Barry, and Amy Tan. Taking it’s name from discounted, out-of-print books, Barry once described the band by saying “we play music about as well as Metallica writes novels.” Everybody needs a hobby, I guess.
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