Stephen King: The Master Of Horror

2569 words - 10 pages

Stephen King: The Master of Horror

"The most haunted of houses is the human mind."
-Patrick McGrath


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 I’ve 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 1947(Beahm 1). He has led a very interesting life, and as you will soon see, he has also had his high and low points. The following documentation on King’s life has changed my mind about King. I now think of him as a normal human being instead of someone higher than me.
One of the interesting things of his life is that at the young age of twelve King had begun his writing career. King and his older brother owned their very own newspaper. The paper sold for five cents a copy and was full of local news and fictional works by King (Beahm 2). I found this to be quite humorous. I can see two kids sitting at the mimeograph machine printing out their very own five cent newspaper.
When King was at the impressionable age of four, something occurred that King would hold with him for a very long time. King’s family life was typical, for the fifties. King’s mother stayed at home and took care of the home while the father worked. Stephen’s mother and father loved both Stephen and his brother Danny very much. Although one night his father stepped out to buy a pack of cigarettes and he was never seen or heard from again after that night. This, as you can imagine, had a very profound effect on the young Stephen King. He recalled in his autobiographical work "Danse Macabre" that he hardly remembers seeing his mother for the next nine years after his fathers disappearance. His mother worked as hard as she could just to make ends meet (Beahm 1) . When I learned about this particular struggle in King’s life I couldn’t help but to empathize with him. I couldn’t picture growing up without my father. I can’t imagine how much emptiness he must have felt.
Stephen Said that he was first introduced to horror when he was a meager seven years of age. He sat, one night, in the hallway next to his mother’s room and he was eavesdropping on a radio show that his mother faithfully listened to every week. The show was a radio adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s story "Mars is Heaven." He said that he was terrified (King 116). He said "I slept in the doorway where the real and rational light of the bathroom could shine on my face." He also said that the radio show was worded in such ways that you...

Find Another Essay On Stephen King: The Master of Horror

Suspense of Stephen King Essay

1655 words - 7 pages Stephen King a very popular story writer is most famous for his horror fiction stories. He has written many books that have inspired other writers to write and other people to read more. He has made many accomplishments that a lot of writers have never achieved. According to his biography, King has sold fifty bestsellers, and has acted in a few movies that are based on his books. The use of Suspense as a literary element is constant in books

The Shining by Stephen King Essay

1462 words - 6 pages Stephen King is a contemporary author of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. He is one of the greatest writers of the American horror genre. King wrote many bestselling books but his book The Shining, published in 1977, established King as a great American writer. The Shining is about a man, Jack Torrance, his son, Danny, and his wife when they become caretakers of an isolated hotel. Danny sees alarming visions of the hotel's past using a

The Success of Stephen King as a Screenwriter

3927 words - 16 pages The Success of Stephen King as a Screenwriter Movies are becoming more and more popular with new special effects and stories that are intriguing and gripping. Movies now have lasting effects on viewers, since the stories are becoming more involved and more in depth. Screenwriters are constantly trying to create better screenplays to have made into motion pictures, yet there are thousands, if not millions, of screenwriters out there

The Shinning by Stephen King

2227 words - 9 pages In the horror genre, there are many concepts that can contribute to horrifying the audience. A common fear for most is the fear of the unknown or that of which cannot be seen such as what lies beyond the world people cannot see. It can raise question of what may cross the line into ghosts or "supernatural" territory. There could be tons of reasons as to why something could be portrayed as haunted. In the film The Shining by Stephen King, the

The Tommyknockers By Stephen King

606 words - 2 pages The story I read was The Tommyknockers by Stephen King.Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947. He graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in 1966. He then attended The University of Maine at Orono, and wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, and was on the Student Senate. He married Tabitha Spruce in 1971. In 1973 Doubleday accepted the novel "Carrie" for publication, and published in 1974. King has many famous novels, such as

"The Shining" by Stephen King.

1719 words - 7 pages 1. The Shining by Stephen King2. This novel is primarily set in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky mountains located in Colorado. There are intriguing hedges in front that are carved into animals. The scenery is captivating. Huge mountains surround the hotel. The Overlook Hotel is colossal beyond belief and is alive, like an always watchful eye. It is very important to the story line that the hotel be in a place where, at some point during the

An overview of "Suffer the Little Children" by Stephen King.

852 words - 3 pages For my midterm short story review, the two stories I chose to read were: 1. O. Henry's, The Ransom of Red Chief (because I was in the play version of the story in high school) and 2. Stephen King's, Suffer the Little Children (because I really like Stephen King). The one I chose to write about however was the second one.The plot starts out with a third grade teacher named Miss Sidley. King in the first paragraph of the story aptly compares her

Master of the Farm

1821 words - 8 pages governments, loss by revolution is an accepted factor, as it has happened so many times in history. A famous example in history was the French Revolution. One of the rising actions to the overthrowing of King Louis XVI was known as the Great Fear, where “the peasants, believing rumors of an attack by their nobles...armed themselves and attacked noble landlords” (Great Fear). Not surprisingly, this attack was due to the peasants wanting more food

Master of the Farm

1706 words - 7 pages Task 2 Part A: Throughout George Orwell’s novella Animal Farm, the pigs who are under the genius instruction of Napoleon use careful language manipulation to maintain their political dominance. The methods in which they do so are outlined in an essay also by Orwell, “Politics and the English Language”. Out of all of the pigs, the one who accomplishes this task best is Squealer, as he is the one who speaks directly to the rest of the animals on

Biography and Work of Stephen King

1354 words - 5 pages Killer clown, pig’s blood, children killing adults, an adventurous cat and “here’s Johnny!” can all be connected to the KING of terror and horror, Stephen King. King is one of today's most popular and best selling writers. King combines thrillers, science fiction, the paranormal and detective themes into his stories. He is mainly known for his novels, which has allowed him to do different types of writings such as movie scripts, nonfiction

The Horror of Alcoholism

2711 words - 11 pages The Horror of Alcoholism Alcoholism is a baffling and powerful disease. It affects all people from all walks of life. It has been medically proven and recognized by most of society as a disease. However, for some people who either have not been affected or just do not have any knowledge of the disease, it is considered more as a weakness of character. Alcoholism has many effects, on the alcoholic them self, towards their family and friends

Similar Essays

The King Of Horror: Stephen King

2382 words - 10 pages Stephen King is one of the greatest American authors who was greatly influenced by history and it is clearly shown in his work. Throughout the 20th century there have been many world events that have influenced American culture today; many of these controversies in which America has been involved include: Russia’s Red Scare, The Cold War, and the Vietnam War. Historical Background

Dante: Master Of Horror Essay

1210 words - 5 pages comprising heavy themes in an electrifying narrative that sets the reader's hair on end. Unfortunately, the modern genre of Stephen King books and films like I Know What You Did Last Summer have desensitized people to the terror and repulsion of imagery in classic literary horror. Still, Dante's Inferno has greatly influenced today's conception of Hell, and it will continue to frighten sinners for years to come.

The Writing Of Stephen King Essay

1565 words - 6 pages reading this you can clearly see that his sentence by sentence structure is all over the place. He is constantly switching topics and points of view. This is what makes his writing so unique. Another very unique thing about Stephen Kings writings are how he installs the real horror element. As Don Herron puts it in his critique Horror Springs in the Fiction of Stephen King, “….King puts it clearly enough: ‘…something bad is going to happen to

Stephen Edwin King The King Of Terror

1919 words - 8 pages is where King got his first exposure to horror. Oneevening he listened to the radio adaptation of Ray Bradbury's story "Mars Is Heaven!"That night King recalls he "slept in the doorway, where the real and rational light ofthe bathroom bulb could shine on my face" (Beaham 16). Stephen King's exposure tooral storytelling on the radio had a large impact on his later writings. King tells hisstories in visual terms so that the reader would be able to