I was scared from an early age by his work, Salem’s Lot, a story I was first familiar with through the movie. I can remember watching it on TV, I was young and it scared the hell out of me. I wasn’t exposed to the book till later, I love them both but the book is awesome for any who have not dared to read it. The impact Stephen King had on me didn’t stop with Salem’s Lot, his many books in the paranormal world kept me up at night and made the wheels in my head turn; especially when I couldn’t sleep at night. He cemented my fear of many things with his follow up The Shining, need I say more. Who knew a hallway could be scary? With the ability to make the mundane creepy, I never knew what to expect in what seemed to be an ordinary and boring world.
Some of Stephen King’s characters are indelibly burned into my psyche and I know I’m not alone. With a wonderful combination of unique characters and fascinating story telling he showed me the possibilities and I didn’t even know it. There was a seed planted somewhere deep down that was finally spurred into action when I decided to take the journey down the path of writing he so brilliantly laid bare. My journey into insanity is a pleasant one and personally rewarding, I often think to the wide variety of books over my life that made everything possible. C.S Lewis, J. R.R. Tolkien, S.E. Hinton, and R.A. Salvatore made me who I am today but without King making me hide under the covers or look over my shoulder I would not be the same.
When I say I blame Stephen King I mean it in the most thankful manner, he did his job impeccably by having the desired impact on his reader, me. As an artist in the truest sense, he captivated me and generations of others. One of the goals of any artist is to inspire others to the craft you love and hopefully someone else will be there to carry on the tradition. I am just beginning to weave my tales, I plan to hone my abilities and maybe, just maybe I will have the slightest impact similarly to what Stephen King has had. If only it could happen, what a perfect ending to my story would that be for me and hopefully to the master himself, Mr. King. I say here’s to you sir, a toast on the house because, “Your money is no good here.”