Born: 21 September 1947, Portland, Maine
At two, Stephen's father stepped out to get a pack of cigarettes, and has not been seen since. He started writing at age eleven, working with his brother Dave to turn out a mimeographed newspaper they sold for a nickel. His first story was published in a magazine when he was still in high school. After graduating from college he attempted to write, but was unable to find a market so he fell back on teaching. He started a story and threw it away in disgust, and only continued when his wife Tabitha found it in the trash and insisted he keep at it; that was Carrie. The paperback rights alone brought him $200,000 and he quit teaching. In 1999 he was hit by a passing van and only lived because of heroic efforts at the trauma center and a long series of surgeries. In addition to the horror titles he is best known for, I find his "On Writing" to be an important addition to my bookshelf.
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- A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar. permalink
- A short story is a different thing all together — a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger. permalink
Skeleton Crew (1985)
- A slice of pie without cheese is like a kiss without a squeeze. permalink
- A tragedy is a tragedy, and at the bottom, all tragedies are stupid. Give me a choice and I'll take A Midsummer Night's Dream over Hamlet every time. Any fool with steady hands and a working set of lungs can build up a house of cards and then blow it down, but it takes a genius to make people laugh. permalink
- Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule. permalink
- At fifty-one you had to keep running just to escape the avalanche of your own past. permalink
Needful Things (1991)
- Books are a uniquely portable magic. permalink
On Writing (2000)
- Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life. permalink
- Both Rowling and Meyer, they're speaking directly to young people.... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn. permalink
- Calling it a simple schoolgirl crush was like saying a Rolls-Royce was a vehicle with four wheels, something like a hay-wagon. She did not giggle wildly and blush when she saw him, nor did she chalk his name on trees or write it on the walls of the Kissing Bridge. She simply lived with his face in her heart all the time, a kind of sweet, hurtful ache. She would have died for him. permalink
- Description begins in the writer's imagination, but should finish in the reader's. permalink
On Writing (2000)
- Discipline and constant work are the whetstones upon which the dull knife of talent is honed until it becomes sharp enough, hopefully, to cut through even the toughest meat and gristle. permalink
Danse Macabre (1981)
- Don't forget that you're a physical being with a power-plant to take care of and maintain. I'm talking about the bod under the blue gown. I'm not going to say that we're a lazy, overweight society, a fast-food eatin', SUV-ridin', soda-guzzlin', beer-chuggin', TV-watchin', size-XL-wearin', walk-don't-run generation — except I guess I just did. permalink
commencement address, University of Maine (7 May 2005)
- Each life makes its own immitation of immortality. permalink
- Fiction is the truth inside the lie. permalink
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