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By Paul Simpson

2014 marks the fortieth anniversary of the booklet of Stephen King's first novel Carrie in April 1974. Rescued from the garbage by means of his spouse Tabitha, the unconventional introduced the Maine schoolteacher on a prolific and terribly winning occupation. His identify has turn into synonymous with horror and suspense via over fifty works, together with The darkish Tower, a retelling of Byron's Childe Harold to the darkish Tower Came.

Simpson lines the writer's existence from his tricky formative years - his father went out to the malls and not got here again - via his preliminary books lower than the pseudonym Richard Bachman to the good fortune of Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining within the Seventies, and past. He examines how King's writing was once laid low with the twist of fate that just about killed him in 1999 and the way his battles with alcohol and dependancy to medicine were mirrored in his tales. The consultant also will look at the very many adaptation's of King's paintings in video clips, on tv and radio, and in comedian books.

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