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6 Responses to "King of Pain"
November 26, 2006 at 08:34 PM
Totally! During the summer between sixth and seventh grade--a time when I was already plenty weird all on my own--I read Carrie, Christine, Cujo, The Shining, and Salem's Lot. Scared the crap out of myself and discovered the magic of really good character development, all in one summer. He's so good. If you all haven't read Stephen King's book about writing, On Writing, you should check it out.
November 17, 2006 at 07:10 AM
When I read "Pet Sematary" I was in the Air Force working nights as an aircraft mechanic. We were deployed in England during the first Gulf War and I would bring the book along with me to read while I waited on the planes at night to be picked up after my work was done. The flight line at the base was off by itself and there were no lights on...Needless to say my mind played a few tricks on me.
November 15, 2006 at 10:21 PM
"Pet Sematary" was my first Stephen King book, and I was about in the seventh grade too. I remember reading it late one night in the recliner in my living room. I was so "into" it, that it was playing like a movie in my head, rather than reading words on a page. (Dear Gawd, that undead cat laying on that man's chest....**shudder**) I can still remember when my German Shephard came over to nuzzle me to let her outside. I felt something cold and wet touch my arm and I shrieked, half-jumping out of the chair. Poor dog. LOL
November 15, 2006 at 09:18 PM
An older friend of mine was allowed to read "Pet Semetary" when he was in junior high. Even though I was in the 5th Grade I begged to be allowed to read it too. When I was finally deemed old enough by my mother (7th Grade), I devoured it as quickly as possible. My mother has always said Stephen king's writing itself isn't so scary, it's the way your imagination interprets it that can be frightening. My brain's image of the Wendigo still can keep me up at night. I have read every book King has written and the only books of his that have truly caused insomnia are "'Salems Lot" and "Gerald's Game".
November 15, 2006 at 06:41 PM
Sad to say my first "adult" book was "The Other Side of Midnight" but the first book that scared the be-jesus out of me was a Stephen King book. Dare I tell you that it was "The Shining" and it was probably 1979 -- ninth grade.
November 15, 2006 at 05:53 PM
i read pet cemetary when i was in high school and i wondered what louis' wife was doing with that sponge-glove in the bath tub. it seemed really exotic and sexy at the time. now i realize she just gave him a hand job - pretty boring.
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