The King of Horror
By Caroline Ridings
April 5th 2011
The King of Horror
My all- time favorite author was born in Portland, Maine on September 21st, 1947.He is well known for his horror and fantasy themes. In the beginning of his writing career he wrote under the pen name, Richard Bachman, but now he is better recognized by his real name, Stephen King. I will be comparing two of Kings works, Carrie and Pet Sematary, by pointing out similarities and differences while summarizing each piece.
In 1970 King graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1971 he married Tabitha Spruce. Tabitha encouraged King to finish a story that he threw away in the trash. The story is about a teenage girl, Cariette White, with telekinetic powers. He finishes and submits it to Double Day publishing who sells it to New American Library for $400,000. The novel is known today as Carrie
In 1974 Stephen King’s first novel, Carrie, is published. Carrie is a shy teenaged girl with telekinetic powers. She is abused by her religious fanatic Mother, Margaret White. The Mother and Daughter live in Chamberlain, Maine. Carrie is a senior at Chamberlin High School. After gym class the female students take showers. While Carrie takes her shower she starts her period for the first time. Carrie is freaked out by the sight of the blood. Her mother has never told her about the female menstrual cycle. The other girls hear her screaming and crying and come to see what’s going on. They all point and laugh and throw tampons and sanitary napkins at her. Carrie’s intense emotions make the light bulbs above her explode. Miss Desjardin, the gym teacher, hears the commotion and breaks it up. One of the girls, Sue Snell, feels bad about the way they treated Carrie in the shower. Sue becomes Carrie’s friend and sets her up on a date to the prom with her boyfriend Tommy Ross. Little did they know one of the girls, Chris, punished for the shower...