PDA

View Full Version : Your First SK Book



Pages : [1] 2

Ruki
05-13-2007, 01:08 AM
i love hearing about how people got started reading stephen king.

the first book of his that i read was night shift. i bought it at a yard sale because the picture on the front gave me the creeps, it was the paperback version with a sickle and lots of little green glowing eyes in a cornfield on the cover. i read the boogeyman before any of the other stories and i was addicted before i finished that one. i think it was the first book i ever read that i refused to let go of until i was done, and it started the only childhood obsession that i grew into instead of growing out of.

Rjeso
05-13-2007, 01:10 AM
My first SK book was also a collection of short stories, but mine was Skeleton Crew. I actually picked it up in a very similar way - at a garage sale, on the cheap, because the monkey on the cover was pretty damn creepy. I liked The Misy juuust fine, but for some reason, The Raft and the place crash story were the ones that really got me hooked.

Bethany
05-13-2007, 06:44 AM
Pet Semetary was in a bag of books that my dad sent to me when I was 11. I may have read some SK before that since I was a very precocious reader but that's the first one I really remember.

Matt
05-13-2007, 08:43 AM
I remember Carrie very early on and felt like I could identify with her in a way, there were girls like that all over the place where I grew up.

Spencer
05-13-2007, 09:18 AM
The Gunslinger was the 1st one I read.

Letti
05-13-2007, 10:19 AM
My first book was Carrie... yes... but it didn't touch me so much. Maybe I was too young and it wasn't so really deep. I have no idea. I think I should reread it to be able to decide it.
Anyway the very first book which rocked me was Dolores Claiborne. That book is still very close to my heart.

Letti
05-13-2007, 10:20 AM
I remember Carrie very early on and felt like I could identify with her in a way, there were girls like that all over the place where I grew up.

And weren't you afraid of them after that?

Randall Flagg
05-13-2007, 11:37 AM
My first King book was The Shining. Although not my all time favorite, it has left an indelible impression upon me.

Matt
05-13-2007, 01:59 PM
And weren't you afraid of them after that?

:lol:

No, I just meant that they were really sheltered and withdrawn. I didn't figure they could kill you with their mind. :idea:

Brice
05-13-2007, 02:02 PM
:lol:

No, I just meant that they were really sheltered and withdrawn. I didn't figure they could kill you with their mind. :idea:

Oh, but they can.

:lol:

OchrisO
05-13-2007, 02:08 PM
The first Stephen King book that I tried to read was Needful Things, and I hated it. I was only 10-ish years old when i tried though. I re-read it after reading the Dark Tower and I loved it. My dad, shortly aftyer, bought me a copy of The Eyes of the Dragon, which I loved. My dad knew that I was a big fantasy nerd from the get go, and knew that i would like it.

Patrick
05-13-2007, 09:05 PM
The first SK book that I read was DIFFERENT SEASONS. I just picked it up for a summer vacation read. It was excellent. I was very happy years later when the movies "Stand By Me" and then "Shawshank Redemption" came out.

The second SK book I bought was DEAD ZONE. It is still one of my favorites.

Jean
05-13-2007, 10:26 PM
The second SK book I bought was DEAD ZONE. It is still one of my favorites.
It was my first; and yes, still one of the favorites.

It was still Soviet Union, and we still had socialism... and I didn't even read English at that time. Dead Zone appeared in the only magazine where foreign authors were published, called Foreign Literature. Thank God, the Great Russian Soviet school of translating hadn't yet died at that time, and the translation was brilliant. I learned English very soon after that, and never read any King in translation since, but I've leafed through a couple of translated books, and they were abominable.

sai delgado
05-14-2007, 03:58 AM
for me it was pet sematary

i stole it out of my sisters room and was addicted to it. i can't remember if it scared me but i know that the film grossed me out... i was 13 when i read it

ManOfWesternesse
05-14-2007, 05:57 AM
It was either Carrie or Salems Lot, can't for the life of me remember which I read first, but it's a damn long time ago.

tamez
05-14-2007, 05:59 AM
my mom finished the shining and gave it to me
right after that
so that was the first one I read
then i moved on to It.
i was in like... the sixth grade

Odetta
05-14-2007, 06:43 AM
Mine was Pet Sematary as well. I was hooked from then on. Next, i read Night Shift.

sarah
05-14-2007, 07:06 AM
My first book was Carrie when i was like 13 or 14 or close to that. I like to start things at the beginning. I've read just about all Stephen King and most of that was in order.

Carrie is still on my top ten books of all time.

Hannah
05-14-2007, 07:55 AM
I honestly cannot remember what my first King book was. I'm thinking it may have been Firestarter. I think I first picked up King when I was 14 or 15.

Candice Dionysus
05-14-2007, 08:31 AM
My first SK book was Pet Sematary, and I was eight years old. After that I read The Shinning, and then The Talisman, but I didn't really get hooked until after my five year Anne Rice binge, when I read The Talisman again. XD Then I read The Gunslinger, and I haven't stopped reading King since.
So in the last four years I've read about 25 King books, 22 of which I own myself (although of my 22, I still have six or so to read) which includes my mothers collection, and my younger brothers collection (which, when put together, minus doubles, totals out to just under 40 books).
So while my first King book was Pet Sematary, the one that really hooked me, on the second read-through, was The Talisman. I've read that one five or six times since I was 16, not including the first time I read through it, plus the two times I read it when I was 15. XD

Erin
05-14-2007, 11:11 AM
My first King book was Cujo. When I was 11 or so, I found a battered copy on my mom's bookshelf. I have no idea how it even got there as she doesn't like King. I read it, much to her dismay, and was immediately hooked. Next, I picked up The Stand and became a lifelong fan.

The_Nameless
05-14-2007, 01:41 PM
I can remember it as if it were yesterday.

The first SK book I read was The Shining. I remember I was in about,I don't know, sixth grade, I'd say. My mom has a ton of his books, and I enjoyed some of the movies based on his work, so I decided to read one of his books. I was ready to upgrade my horror.

My mom suggested Eyes of the Dragon, but I couldn't get into it. so I picked up The Shining. I only got half way and for some reason stopped reading it.
Well, a few months down the line I decided to give it another try (Which I am glad that I did).

After that book, I was hooked. I read his short story collections afterward.

Matt
05-14-2007, 02:26 PM
Eyes was the first one I suggested to my kids too. I told them it was kind of an adult fairy tale.

Not that kind Ronnie. <_<

:lol:

ZoNeSeeK
05-14-2007, 03:48 PM
I read about half of Skeleton Crew first off but my first novel was alot more recent - Rose Madder. I know its not one of his best ones but I had just pegged him as mainly horror and wasn't that interested and was surprised when i discovered he is more fantasy than anything else. I think he's grossly mislabeled. The 2nd was Eyes of the Dragon, then the Gunslinger and then Desperation I think and then all of the others :P

Cutter
05-14-2007, 04:30 PM
That's hilarious so many people started with Pet Semetary. Add another to the list. I'm not sure, but a good guess would have been it was a birthday present, and that's how I started with King. That's pretty much how I got most of my King books in the 80's every time a new one would come out I would either get it for Christmas or on my birthday (June). But Pet Semetary was the first, and as another mentioned, The Stand was around the second or third book I bought, and after that it was over, I was hooked! :rock:

pol
05-15-2007, 04:03 PM
It was The Shining for me as well...about 1986 or so....my mother was an avid fan and I picked up one of her books, it so happened it was this one. I loved it and that summer I read quite a few others, including Cujo, Carrie, Night Shift and Firestarter.

MonteGss
05-16-2007, 09:56 AM
I'm not sure if it was Carrie or It.
Just like pol, afterwards I read pretty much the rest of King (up to that point), all in a row.

blaineworshipper
05-18-2007, 03:29 AM
I also started with Pet semetary - Stef (saidelgado) let me borrow it when I was about 14 and I loved it so much that I went out and got any book by SK I could lay my hands on

Aaron
05-18-2007, 10:42 AM
I remember that I tried reading The Stand and IT when I was a kid, but I wasn't able to finish them. Now that I am thinking about it, I think that the first King novel that I actually finished was The Waste Lands, with The Gunslinger following that. And then just about everything else has followed. :cowboy:

funky dredd
05-19-2007, 06:33 AM
I read "It" first....still one of my favorites. :)

MaraJShakespeare
05-19-2007, 08:11 PM
This might seem oddly anticlimactic, but my first was Four Past Midnight. After that, I tried reading IT, but that scared the blue hell out of me and I didn't finish it at that time. All I could read for weeks after that was the Bible, but then that scared me even worse (yet somehow bored me at the same time), so then I picked up The Lord of the Rings (this was way before the movies). After that, I read some of The Stand, took a break from it to read 'Salem's Lot, during which I also finished IT, then went back to The Stand. It gets a little blurry after that, but I think I read Pet Sematary next, and never looked back. . .

sarah
05-19-2007, 08:47 PM
I read "It" first....still one of my favorites. :)

It is one of my all time favorite books. I didn't read it until I was 28 or 29 and it still scared the bugs outta me.

BedOfRoses
05-19-2007, 11:59 PM
I read The Shining when I was 15 or 16...it scared me so much but I wanted more King, so I read Cujo and Firestarter, I think, soon after that.

BigCoffinHunter
05-20-2007, 05:23 AM
I read Cujo when I was in third grade. It was the first novel I'd ever read, and my teacher let me count it as whatever the total number you needed was for Book-It. Oh yeah, that little Pizza Hut personal pan pizza was all mine...

Darkthoughts
05-20-2007, 12:48 PM
Mine was Christine. I was about 12 or 13 and I was on holiday with my parents and borrowed it from some other kid on the campsite. It scared the crap outta me, but even at that age I was drawn to his narrative and the depth and realistic dialogue of his characters.

B Rag
05-20-2007, 01:43 PM
Cujo. :cool:

John Blaze
05-20-2007, 01:46 PM
I read about half of Skeleton Crew first off but my first novel was alot more recent - Rose Madder. I know its not one of his best ones but I had just pegged him as mainly horror and wasn't that interested and was surprised when i discovered he is more fantasy than anything else. I think he's grossly mislabeled. The 2nd was Eyes of the Dragon, then the Gunslinger and then Desperation I think and then all of the others :P

I actually love Rose Madder, it's one of my favorites, and I've never understood why it was so meekly reviewed.

My first was the shining in 5th grade, followed by The Stand in the summer of 6th and 7th, and that is what really got me.

Daghain
05-21-2007, 06:25 PM
I'm llke The Nameless. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I was 13, in Catholic school, and my best friend lent The Shining to me. I read it at home, because if the nuns had caught me, I probably would have ridden the short bus to hell. :)

I was completely, totally hooked, and have been ever since. I have every paperback that has come out, including a soon to become rare edition of The Bachman Books, because SK has said he will never again publish Rage, the story about the kid that holds his classroom hostage (after Columbine, he said he was done with it).

She-Oy
05-21-2007, 07:23 PM
Wow at all the Shining folks! I'm in that group too.

ZoNeSeeK
05-21-2007, 07:47 PM
I really enjoyed Rose Madder too JB I think it was the opening chapter that grabbed me from the get go, this horrible domestic violence situation that was different to the short horror stories I had read so i was intrigued and kept going and that was probably the moment when I went from knowing about King to really enjoying King - I was surprised when the cross-characters from RM / Desperation / The Regulators didn't make an appearance in DT. Cynthia was definitely someone that featured across several books (the two-toned punk chick).

The Talisman is also an awesome book. That definitely sealed the deal for me, and out of all of this other books it would have to be the most DT-like in scope and story.

Jorge
05-22-2007, 08:46 AM
My first King book was Needful Things. Still one of my favourites.

Chassit
05-24-2007, 11:52 AM
Cujo

Old Man Splitfoot
05-24-2007, 04:37 PM
My first King was Delores Claiborne, on audiobook. I was in the fifth grade, and we were taking a trip to Texas, and we drove from Southern Oregon to Texas. On the way there, we listened to Delores Claiborne on the tape deck, and I really enjoyed it. The part where Delores kills her husband is a LOT creepier when you're young, it's late at night, and you're driving through some unknown desert. I suppose Desperation would have been much creepier, though, but hearing Joe scream out his wife's name gave me chills.

First novel I read myself? Pretty sure it was Insomnia. I saw it sitting on my Mom's shelf, and thought if I could read a book that long, that'd be an impressive feat for a fifth grader. And when I finished it, I was hooked. My best friend had a few King paperbacks, so I borrowed It, and that became my all time favorite novel. I've read It more than 19 times for sure. I tried reading The Stand before either of those, but it was too hard for me to get into at such a young age. And, in all honesty, at my reading level, I didn't pick up on half of what was going on in It or Insomnia, but I've reread both enough times that now I know what's up.

Frunobulax
05-25-2007, 12:04 AM
Skeleton Crew was my first SK book when I was under the age of 12. I think I was 8 or so. My grandmother is a huge SK fan, so I found her paperback copy of SC and read a story each time I visited her. And so I was hooked.

sullivan19
05-25-2007, 02:12 AM
My first King book was The Stand. I first tried to read it when i was 13 but could not get into it. Then i picked it up when i was 19 and didn't put it down. Then i read insomnia and The Gunslinger, which got me into the DT series. Whilst waiting for WotC, SofS and TDT, I read other King books, including Deperation, Hearts in Atlantis, Eyes of the Dragon and Rose Madder.

maerlyns_rainbow
05-25-2007, 06:30 AM
My first SK book was Pet Sematary when I was 11, quickly followed by The Shining. After that I was hooked and couldn't tell you in any sort of chronological order what I read after that, but I've read 20 or so of his books by now I think. A few I have yet to get to are Rose Madder, Desperation, Dolores Clairborne, The Stand, and I need to finish IT, but I think that will be a project this summer. I am currently re-reading through TDT and I'm in SoS right now.

wizardsrainbow
05-25-2007, 12:22 PM
I picked up a paperback copy of The Stand and was immediately sucked into the King vortex. I had NEVER been so oblivious to my own surroundings as I was when I read that book. I myself was living in the post-superflu era. It was just an incredible experience. Following The Stand, I read Salem's Lot, which I liked a lot, but did not hold me like my first experience. Only when I read It did I have a similar experience and then The Dark Tower series was perhaps the ultimate experience. But, I have to tell you, it was PAINFUL waiting and waiting after having read Wizard and Glass until King finally got around to completing the DT story.

CRinVA
05-25-2007, 12:43 PM
Like Dave I first read a paperback version of The Stand back in 1979 or 1980 and I have been hooked ever since. Firestarter was the first hardback I ever got and there has been no looking back! :-)

Brice
05-31-2007, 09:07 AM
I'm not positive but, I believe The Stand was the first one I ever read. Since the first though I have almost always been reading or rereading a King book.

ZoNeSeeK
05-31-2007, 10:48 PM
My first SK book was Pet Sematary when I was 11, quickly followed by The Shining. After that I was hooked and couldn't tell you in any sort of chronological order what I read after that, but I've read 20 or so of his books by now I think. A few I have yet to get to are Rose Madder, Desperation, Dolores Clairborne, The Stand, and I need to finish IT, but I think that will be a project this summer. I am currently re-reading through TDT and I'm in SoS right now.

Rach, seriously, Rose Madder, Desperation, Dolores Claiborne (forgot about this in the top 5 thread, which it would definitely be in mine now that I think about it - very subtle and well done), IT and The Stand need to be read.

Ruki
06-02-2007, 06:03 PM
My first SK book was Pet Sematary when I was 11, quickly followed by The Shining. After that I was hooked and couldn't tell you in any sort of chronological order what I read after that, but I've read 20 or so of his books by now I think. A few I have yet to get to are Rose Madder, Desperation, Dolores Clairborne, The Stand, and I need to finish IT, but I think that will be a project this summer. I am currently re-reading through TDT and I'm in SoS right now.

Rach, seriously, Rose Madder, Desperation, Dolores Claiborne (forgot about this in the top 5 thread, which it would definitely be in mine now that I think about it - very subtle and well done), IT and The Stand need to be read.

yes, read it all right now lazy girl!!! :P

Frunobulax
06-02-2007, 10:17 PM
Come on, Ruki! Don't be so easy on her--she can read all those books as well as the original expurgated version of The Stand!

nyy3723a
06-04-2007, 06:13 AM
My first was The Dark Half.

I was in High School, working in the local supermarket in town and one of the paperbacks the store was selling was The Drawing of the Three, so I swiped it and brought it home knowing I was in for a boring evening - well, as I got a few pages into it I realized it was part 2 of a longer story so I set it aside and went to a real bookstore to buy part 1. Now, me being a dopey high school kid I didn't look at what I was buying and ended up with The Dark Half (DARK half, DARK tower - kinda similar). I got a few pages into the book and was hooked. After I finished that book, I went back to the book store and bought The Gunslinger (see what happens when you pay attention?) and was off from there!

Matt
06-05-2007, 10:53 AM
:D

Thats a really cool story ny. I love how we can all remember where we were the first time we found Roland.

nyy3723a
06-05-2007, 12:13 PM
:D

Thats a really cool story ny.

Thanks! That little episode not only set me on the path of being a King fan, but got me into reading in general - from there I started to read McCammon, Koontz, etc etc etc.

Ruthful
06-09-2007, 02:11 PM
Either The Stand-back when the superb TV miniseries adaptation was broadcast on ABC-or Carrie, which I read just as I was entering high school.

Night Shift was right on the heels of those two, although I might have read that collection first.

So, that was the troika that got me hooked on Stephen King for obvious reasons.

Mordred Deschain
06-21-2007, 12:55 PM
first book, Skeleton Crew. My buddy let me borrow, heh, never gave it back.

Girlystevedave
10-18-2007, 07:34 PM
My first was Cujo when I was about 12 years old. My next one was Night Shift which made me really fall in love with SK's writing. To this day, Strawberry Spring is one of my favorite stories.

Deefuzz
10-19-2007, 11:15 AM
My first King book was the uncut version of The Stand, and this was only 3 years ago. I absolutely loved it.

I had always wanted to try to read it but it's bulk was so intimidating, but I flew through that book and was amazed. What a way to start!

Daghain
10-19-2007, 11:16 AM
Yeah, that's a really good one. :D

Asterisco
10-19-2007, 11:25 AM
My first SK book was The Green Mile! That's a REALLY good start, isn't it?

Daghain
10-19-2007, 11:32 AM
OOOH, I loved that one! Did you buy it as the serialized version or as one book?

Asterisco
10-19-2007, 12:57 PM
Serialized. And it was VERY HARD to wait untill the next TWO weeks to read the next part!

Daghain
10-19-2007, 01:25 PM
I know, I did that too. Nerve-wracking! :D

Eluria
10-19-2007, 08:12 PM
My first was like, the first chapter of Gerald's Game. I was maybe 12 at the time? And I was like "What the hell is this? This isn't horror! Just some old fat guy tying his wife to a bed, eww!" and I took it back to the library :lol:

I did finish the whole book eventually and it definitely was horror..oh my! :scared:

Girlystevedave
10-19-2007, 08:15 PM
My first was like, the first chapter of Gerald's Game. I was maybe 12 at the time? And I was like "What the hell is this? This isn't horror! Just some old fat guy tying his wife to a bed, eww!" and I took it back to the library :lol:

I did finish the whole book eventually and it definitely was horror..oh my! :scared:


That's definitely one of the most disturbing books I've ever read.

RUBE
10-19-2007, 08:59 PM
The Gunslinger

This is what I wrote in the introduction thread:
"I was looking for another long adventure story to read after finishing The Lord of The Rings and told my wife that I might try The Dark Tower by Stephen King. She ended up getting the first three for me as her gift of paper for our first wedding anniversary. She didn't realize she was going to create an addict. That was only six months before the last book came out. Basically, I read books one to six straight through, read most of the connecting books while waiting for the final installment, and then read book seven within days of it coming out."

I love the way The Gunslinger starts and works its way backwards to tell the tale of Tull.

Ikilledthecrimsonking
10-20-2007, 06:59 PM
the first SK book i read was The Green Mile and that was hands down one of thee best books ive ever read

Jorge
10-20-2007, 07:08 PM
The first one I ever read was Needful Things. I was pretty young at the time, so some of it was a little beyond me, but I was still able to enjoy it and it made me want to continue reading King.

Wuducynn
10-20-2007, 10:31 PM
Pet Semetary. :wub:

Storyslinger
10-22-2007, 06:56 AM
The Gunslinger

Heather19
10-23-2007, 02:41 PM
Pet Semetary was my first one. I read it back when I was around 14. Wasn't anything like what I expected but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oy!
12-28-2007, 09:13 AM
This was me. As a 9 or 10 year old, I was thrilled when my loving mother finally told me that I could read "Cujo". I was understandably thrilled at King's writing style, especially since my reading "experience" basically started and ended at "The Hardy Boys".

My classmates were equally thrilled by all of the new phrases I brought to their innocent 4th grade ears, and "Monsiur Ronald Fucking McDonald" was probably their favorite. And I was thus fully drawn into his world...

Matt
12-28-2007, 09:42 AM
:lol:

That still makes me laugh to this day, I bet 4th graders loved it

Ruthful
12-28-2007, 11:57 AM
My first was Cujo when I was about 12 years old. My next one was Night Shift which made me really fall in love with SK's writing. To this day, Strawberry Spring is one of my favorite stories.

One of my favorites as well.

Also, one of his scariest short stories, IMO.

TerribleT
12-28-2007, 01:21 PM
Pet Semetary was my first one. I read it back when I was around 14. Wasn't anything like what I expected but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

That book creeped me OUT!!!
The movie does too, especially the part where he says "First I played with mommie, then I played wiht Mr. Johnson (or whoever), and now I'm gonna play with YOU daddy!!!!!

That STILL sends chills up and down my spine.

that and REDRUM

JasKo
12-28-2007, 01:29 PM
My first SK book was actually The Gunslinger, both in which I read and which I owned. After finishing book nr. 7, I plan to read The Long Walk, it's suppose to be an awesome book, a friend told me. I might also take a break from DT after book 5, depends how it ends! :)

Mattrick
12-28-2007, 01:43 PM
The Stand, Complete and Uncut in grade 7

Daghain
12-28-2007, 02:39 PM
My first SK book was actually The Gunslinger, both in which I read and which I owned. After finishing book nr. 7, I plan to read The Long Walk, it's suppose to be an awesome book, a friend told me. I might also take a break from DT after book 5, depends how it ends! :)

:thumbsup:

The Long Walk is awesome. :D

Oy!
12-28-2007, 03:00 PM
:lol:

That still makes me laugh to this day, I bet 4th graders loved it

Well, I'm all of 27 now, so the memory is getting a little grey(along with my hair!!!) but I will tell you this...after that incident all Stephen King books were permantly banned from the Lida Lee Tall Elementary School classrooms, lunch halls, and library!

On a side note, just finished Susannah about 20 minutes ago and while others seemed to be put off by SK's self-cameo, I thought it was really neat(I'm also one of those guys who will search the internet for old interviews just to get an idea of his thought process). Long live the Tower!!!

Matt
12-28-2007, 03:07 PM
I'm totally cool with Kings appearance in the book. Seemed to me the magnitude of this tale had to lead to him at some point.

Not to mention, those parts are funny as hell and the tiny red spiders scared the crap out of me.

Hutch
12-28-2007, 05:09 PM
I think I have most of you beat for how early you read your first Stephen King story. During my freshman year in High School ( 1971-1972 ) our English teacher passed out Graveyard Shift to read. I cannot remember if it was a copy or a printed item. ( most likely a copy from Cavalier mag ) The three things I remember the most were as follows:

1) Just how gross a story it was with all the mutated rats in the sub basement. Loved it. Looking back I think it was odd that it was even passed out as reading material. I must have had a pretty open-minded teachers.

2 & 3 ) getting a peek down the shirt of the senior teacher's assistant as she handed out the story. ( thanks Marilynn )

I was only fifteen at the time and all three were thrilling.

I didn't follow up on the author and my next story was not until the HB of The Stand came out in 1978. I wish I would have gotten in on the ground floor with Carrie, Salem's Lot and The Shining.

William50
12-28-2007, 06:41 PM
4 years ago (when I was 10), I got The Tommyknockers for for my birthday. After I read it, I began to read a lot of horror novels and short stories. I guess it was that book that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of reading. :cool:

MonteGss
12-28-2007, 07:06 PM
Did you enjoy The Tommyknockers, William?

Have you seen this thread yet?

http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/showthread.php?t=915

I did not enjoy that book. I believe it was It that got me hooked onto King. Welcome to the site! :)

Ruthful
12-28-2007, 08:52 PM
Did you enjoy The Tommyknockers, William?

Have you seen this thread yet?

http://www.thedarktower.org/palaver/showthread.php?t=915

I did not enjoy that book.

You are not alone.

Jon
12-29-2007, 12:13 AM
"The Stand," in 1979...I was 11.

dbarnetth
12-29-2007, 07:46 AM
My first King book was The Shining. I was rather young and I remembered the forbidden feel of it. I kept thinking 'if my mom knew what was in this, she wouldn't let me read it'. I loved it!

HanzouNorak
01-11-2008, 04:58 PM
From a Buick 8,

as a young boy of about 6, my dad kept a case of Stephen King books in the living room, when i was home alone (something that happened very little in those days) i would end up staring at the case, wondering what the fuck Insomnia or Rose Madder was. later after my parents divoriced and we moved several times, i was about 11 and i was at my dads house (i was at my moms the majority of the time) and i noticed a large hardcover book with the name Stephen King on the spine and the front. i remembered the book case but this book was new. the cover interested the hell outta me, and finaly i asked him for it. before i was finished he had whipped out that book faster than Roland's draw and handed it to me. i read it mainly in school, and finished it in a 1 day in-shcool-suspension for somthing i didn't have a part in about 6 weeks after getting it. later on i read Night Shift and after that i started The Dark Tower which i just finished a week or two ago. i hadn't read it for several years, and finaly bought a softcover of #7 (i detest paperbacks, ever since i read The Drawing Of The Three) i was amazed at how much i could remeber of the book and........... Oh TMI i supose

CyberGhostface
01-12-2008, 06:42 AM
I had read "Cycle of the Werewolf" and "Creepshow" earlier, but the first King novel I read was Firestarter.

mr.nineteen
01-12-2008, 02:56 PM
Misery was my first experience with Stephen King. Then The Shining. After those two books, I was convinced that he was an awesome writer.

Big Coughin' Hunter
01-13-2008, 12:54 AM
Very good topic!

My first SK book was the Stand. Loved it.

First read it in 8th grade. I can't believe our school even had it in their library. This was back in the very early 90's.

I've been a rabid reader all my life. Before the internet, I'd devour books from 7 PM until 2 AM. Just reading, reading, reading.

This SK book might've even started my reading rampage. I was told not to read the book because I'd never finish it or I'd never understand it, I was too young. Teachers, classmates, everybody told me this. I read it, loved it and never looked back. :cool:

fernandito
01-13-2008, 03:58 PM
Misery was my first experience with Stephen King. Then The Shining. After those two books, I was convinced that he was an awesome writer.

And you were right!

Lord_Vertigo
01-14-2008, 07:20 PM
"IT" had just been published and was EVERYWHERE in the mall's B. Dalton store (I loved B. Dalton "you can call me 'books'"). Anyway, something about it must have intrigued me because Mom took it away and explained how Stephen King was "fascinated" by evil. Years later, I found "The Stand" at a used bookstore. I asked Dad if I could get the book (they were paying, so I had to ask). He thought for a moment, frowned at the book, and said "I suppose so."

I devoured that thing in a week, and spent many, many nights a couple years later in college reading everything I could get my hands on. The best time to read Stephen King is at night, alone, with moody, melancholy, dark movie soundtracks as background music.

Matt
01-15-2008, 03:22 PM
Wow! Can you imagine your life if you had been allowed to read IT way back when?

Could have changed everything. :lol:

mr.nineteen
01-15-2008, 08:11 PM
I find it very funny how some parents believe they can "ban" books from your reading list without even reading them first. :P My parents never did so, they were just glad I was reading I guess.

Lord_Vertigo
01-17-2008, 08:35 PM
I've gotta give my folks credit, though, mr. 19. They realized how goofy and counter-productive it could be to do just what you said. And I never even had to rebel. I was probably too young - at 9 years old or so - for Stephen King. They were right not to let me read it although the "he's fascinated with evil" comment could have been left out. Hey, nobody's perfect. When I picked King up again at 19 (no joke), I was old enough to read him and they were fine with it.

John_and_Yoko
01-18-2008, 01:06 PM
I came to Stephen King in a roundabout way. First heard the name in the movie "Casper".... :P

Unfortunately the first book of his I attempted to read was Thinner, which I read at too young an age to understand or appreciate--didn't have the patience to read a whole horror novel. I don't even think I read the whole thing.... :P

Saw the movie, but it didn't really help either--plus I didn't understand or care for the ending.

Then years later, in college, I read The Shining after viewing the Kubrick film--had bought both that film and 2001: A Space Odyssey (and The Exorcist) with birthday money. I enjoyed that, but noted several of the differences between the movie and book, especially the ending.

Later I saw the miniseries "Stephen King's The Shining," but didn't really care for it--the parts of the book which had seriously frightened me (and which were left out of the Kubrick film) were kind of over-the-top, cheesy CGI effects in the miniseries.

But I really started to take a serious interest when a friend from a forum I frequent mentioned that all of King's works were part of a single mythology, something that seriously interested me, as I was reminded of J. R. R. Tolkien's work, which I'd already taken an obsessive interest in.

Consequently, I read "Night Surf" one day in the bookstore (since it was so short--but didn't really care for it), and I caught the last part of The Stand miniseries on TV, and this year I got The Dark Tower series for my birthday, and have since bought several more of his books. As of now I've read The Dark Tower I and II, and The Eyes of the Dragon. I'm currently reading The Stand--still in Book I of that, but already hooked.

So far I think I'm enjoying The Dark Tower books the most, though. I especially enjoy Roland's attempts at understanding our world--I'm reminded of K. A. Applegate's Animorphs series, which I read years ago, and how the Andalite named Ax attempted to understand our world.

Anyway, I just watched the movie The Shawshank Redemption yesterday, and enjoyed it (I saw why Louis Sachar's Holes has been compared to it), and I intend to read all my Stephen King books sometime this year.

EDIT: And now I've seen the movie The Green Mile as well.

Matt
01-18-2008, 01:22 PM
Wow John and Yoko-that was a great post.

Watch out for spoilers on the site, its great to have you

John_and_Yoko
01-18-2008, 01:30 PM
Wow John and Yoko-that was a great post.

Watch out for spoilers on the site, its great to have you

Heh--thanks. :)

I always like to know something about what I'm reading before I tackle such a project, but yeah, I define spoilers as surprise endings being given away, and such. I have been keeping away from spoilers for the books I haven't read yet, but that's another incentive to read them--so I can look at that stuff without fear of being spoiled.

Anyway, glad you liked my post, and it's great to be here. :)

Mike Beck
01-18-2008, 04:30 PM
hola.

my first one was The Dark Half.

i was in 5th grade, and it freaked me the F out. then i was hooked on stephen king. needful things might've been a close number 2.

TerribleT
01-18-2008, 04:35 PM
I loved Needful Things!!!!

Mike Beck
01-18-2008, 04:37 PM
hell yeah! alan pangborn was the man. that was the first of his that I read that involved so many characters. the way those people were pitted against one another. sick and amazing.

i wonder what leland gaunt is doing these days.

Ruki
01-19-2008, 05:55 PM
i've been begging a friend to read needful things. he keeps going on and on about how awesome the movie was but no matter what i say he refuses to believe the book could be anywhere near as good. fucking freak.

cozener
01-21-2008, 06:00 AM
My first King book was The Gunslinger. It was only after I got all the way up through W&G did I start looking at his other books. I wasn't interested in horror until I started reading DT

Mike Beck
01-21-2008, 06:34 AM
i've been begging a friend to read needful things. he keeps going on and on about how awesome the movie was but no matter what i say he refuses to believe the book could be anywhere near as good. fucking freak.

arr, the books are always better!! :pullhair:

tamez
01-21-2008, 06:43 AM
my first book was The Shining
i think i was in middle school or something
scared the shit outta me!

Mike Beck
01-21-2008, 06:45 AM
look, it's Tamez. :wub:

sarah
01-21-2008, 08:34 AM
my first book was The Shining
i think i was in middle school or something
scared the shit outta me!

My little brother borrowed my hardcover Shining before Christmas and I still don't have it back. I'm trying really hard to not got all OCD on him. :panic:

cozener
01-21-2008, 04:28 PM
I'm sorry but the rules are quite clear. You cannot ask for a book back before the passing of one month. :)

Brice
01-21-2008, 04:33 PM
my first book was The Shining
i think i was in middle school or something
scared the shit outta me!

My little brother borrowed my hardcover Shining before Christmas and I still don't have it back. I'm trying really hard to not got all OCD on him. :panic:

I'd have gone OCD by Christmas Day probably. :lol:


I'm sorry but the rules are quite clear. You cannot ask for a book back before the passing of one month. :)

True, however this rule does not apply to SK books, especially hardcovers. If I allow you to hold one of my SK books long enough to read the dustjacket this constitutes a loan and is probably as close as you'll ever get to one so long as I'm alive.

In the unlikely event I do actually think enough of you to really loan you one I'll be asking how the books coming along before the next day begins.

1ofthe19
02-24-2008, 11:13 AM
My first SK book was The Gunslinger. I read it in 7th grade (three years ago) and LOVED it. By the time I read it all the DT books were out and so I didn't have to wait between volumes. It was SWEET!

alinda
02-24-2008, 11:28 AM
Brice I now only lend the paperback versions....Hardcovers are the sole exclusive property of their owner.......ME!
I am considering when I am dead, a gift to either this site or my local library.





If I allow you to hold one of my SK books long enough to read the dustjacket this constitutes a loan and is probably as close as you'll ever get to one so long as I'm alive.

In the unlikely event I do actually think enough of you to really loan you one I'll be asking how the books coming along before the next day begins.[/QUOTE]

blackrose22
02-24-2008, 01:37 PM
First SK book for me was The Dead Zone, loved it and haven't looked back since. Also liked the film adaptation of it as well.

Lance
02-24-2008, 09:22 PM
I think my first was Night Shift. If it wasn't that it was 'Salem's Lot because I loved the mini-series as a little boy. But once I read the first one it was like crack. I was fortunate to have a huge library even though I lived in a podunk north Georgia town and they had almost every one of his books there.

Clacke
04-07-2008, 10:49 AM
My first was 'Salem's Lot in 1980. And 28 years later here it is:

http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn197/klacke/Image186.jpg
It's been many times read, and it's well past its sell-by date, but I'll never part with it. :)

Daghain
04-07-2008, 10:57 AM
That's one well-loved book right there. :)

Wuducynn
04-07-2008, 11:07 AM
First one I read was Pet Semetary, first one I owned was It, second one I owned was both The Gunslinger and The Drawing of Three because I bought them together.

Unfound One
04-07-2008, 11:08 AM
My first SK book was The Gunslinger :)

Mr. Rabbit Trick
04-07-2008, 11:25 AM
My first was 'Salem's Lot in 1980. And 28 years later here it is:

It's been many times read, and it's well past its sell-by date, but I'll never part with it. :)

That's the way a book should be. Dog-eared but well read. Great book Clacke.

Heather19
04-07-2008, 01:37 PM
Pet Semetary is what started it all for me.

hoin1585
04-08-2008, 05:01 AM
My first book is On Writing , I read it 3 years ago (I was 11).

Sam
05-15-2008, 09:29 PM
My first King story was one I read when I was about 10 years old. My mother was working as a public librarian at the time and brought home many books for me to read. During that time, I read books like The Odyssey, The Illiad, and other adult level books. One day she brought home Cycle of the Werewolf. I read it about a week later. I've been hooked on King since then. My older brother would later introduce me to The Gunslinger, The Drawing of the Three, and Eyes of the Dragon.

Roland number 19
06-10-2008, 03:11 PM
My first book was the Gunslinger and thank God for that. If I hadn't of had such a strong first reaction to King, I do not think that I would have plunged so far into his works. Which was the best thing that could have happened to me.

I remember being a thirteen year old and walking through Sam's and seeing the cover of the book and buying it on a whim. Now look at me. :]

Ari_Racing
06-10-2008, 03:28 PM
Thinner...long back (1993...or 1994...I don't remember)

Ves'Ka Gan
06-10-2008, 11:32 PM
My first King was *I Think* Skeleton Crew (is that the one with Chattery Teeth?). Or the audio book of The Mist, the two were very close together, so I can't remember which came first.

The first full length novel I'm pretty sure was Tommyknockers (way creepy becuase a lot of family members names turn up in that book!).

The first movie was IT. I loved that movie dearly for years before I ever read any King, and sadly reading IT killed the movie for me. I don't even sort of like it anymore.

lophophoras
06-11-2008, 03:47 AM
My first King book was 'Salem's Lot.

I was a freshman in high school.

After that I was hooked.

Jean
06-11-2008, 05:20 AM
no wonder

LemurJones
06-11-2008, 03:37 PM
First exposure to King was the movie for IT. ... I was FOUR. And it TERRIFIED me in a way that still affects me.

First book, The Talisman. Followed quickly by Skeleton Crew and Insomnia... which, if I hadn't, you wouldn't see me here.

Archangel(tjk)
06-13-2008, 11:47 AM
My first book was the revised version of the Gunslinger, it intrigued me to see a cowboy like novel with Stephen Kings name on it.I was 17 years old. I bought it and was hooked every since. I read the rest of the series which at the time was only to book 4 and moved onto the Stand. Ah yeah good times. :shoot:

educatedlady
06-13-2008, 01:57 PM
I'm pretty sure that the first King book I read on my own was Cycle of the Werewolf. My mom had been reading King books since before I was born and I naturally just picked it up one day. I've been hooked ever since.

Duck
06-16-2008, 03:07 PM
First King book was Christine and that was me hooked. Next one after that was Thinner, because it was his new release at the time and the first of the Bachman books to feature King's name.

ayoung323
06-17-2008, 02:09 PM
Yeah, my first King book was Christine as well, and ever since then I've been addicted.

ZGDK
06-18-2008, 11:22 AM
For me it was The Green Mile.

Hallvard
06-19-2008, 09:44 AM
The Gunslinger! I was (and still am!) hooked. I'm on book 4 right now. Started a few months ago.

Zalia
06-19-2008, 10:10 AM
I can't remember if my first was 'Salem's Lot or Tommyknockers. But, I do remember waking up in the middle of the night while reading 'Salem's Lot and seeing Barlow, well how I pictured Barlow, standing at the foot of my bed.

goncho
07-04-2008, 09:15 AM
my first SK book was The Shining (I bought it together with Carrie in one of those 2x1 sale, but TS i read first), I was a kid the and remember loving it all the way, I finished and started Carrie right away, and then I got completely hooked with Mr. King

KaLikeAWheel
07-08-2008, 02:34 AM
The Stand (original version) in 1983...That's the short version. Long version follows......

I used to HATE reading. The only things I would read were things I had to read for school, and those I only read begrudgingly.

When I entered the 7th grade I had this awesome Literature teacher who assigned a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, etc. I still didn't like reading enough to do it for pleasure, but I liked the teacher and wanted to make her happy. So I sucked up to her. The last day of 7th grade I asked her for some more current authors that I could try to read over my summer break. She gave me a list, and I nodded and smiled and said I would stop at the library on my way home.

I thought that was as far as it would go. I wasn't actually planning to look for stuff to read. I didn't really mean to actually read...not during my vacation from reading! But it must have been a boring summer, because before I knew it I was at the library. Stephen King's name was the only one I could remember from her list, and I picked the thickest one I could find, which was The Stand. (original version). This was in 1983, so at the time it didn't take me long to catch up with the rest of his stuff. After that I loved reading and to this day will read the cereal box if there's nothing else around.

So, I guess you could say that if it weren't for Stephen King I'd be one of those people who look at me and say, "How can you just read...isn't it boring?? Don't you fall asleep?? Yuck! Reading...I like TV!" :|

Donna

Matticus-Finch
07-11-2008, 09:31 AM
The Shining. Some of it was a little over my head at the time. But still scared the shit out of me.

Tony_A
07-11-2008, 10:27 AM
Cujo. I remember because everyone the movie was coming out, and there was a big buzz. It was one of my first "adult" books as I was 14.

bluelph24
07-12-2008, 09:43 AM
I had, like so many others, seen IT on tv when i was young and several scenes of it had haunted my dreams for a long time (especially the drain scene). Anyway, one night 5 years ago, i happened to catch the first half of IT on sci-fi. i was entranced. i remembered that this movie had haunted me and i researched it a little on the internet to see if it would be on again and i found out that it was a book. i mentioned this book to my mom and it turned out that we had IT. i went into the crawl space, dug around and found the beat-up, hardcover first-ed book (along with the talisman, DT3, Regulators, Desperation, Bachman Books, The Stand, Gerald's Game, Christine, Rose Madder, and the Tommyknockers) I burned through IT, these others, got another hugfe load from my grandma's collection (Green Mile, TGWLTG, Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and a few others). Than i started buying all the other ones that i didn't have. Since than i have accumulated all stephen king books, read every one, and currently have Elleanor druse andEllen rimbaur on order from ebay. along with that, sai king has also opened up new doors to me. from him i began to read more horror and sci-fi (also some westerns). than, to understand some of the classic referneces, i have traversed into Lit. i went from childrens fantasy like HP, to king, to dostoevsky.

Matticus-Finch
07-13-2008, 06:15 AM
whew...that sounds like a story in it's own right! :)

How are you liking the Dostoevsky?

JQ The Gunslinger
07-13-2008, 07:56 AM
My first book was IT. I had never read Stephen King before and I wanted to see how a book can be scary. I now understand horror, and thats its not in movies where the character looks up in a mirror and sees someone, its "Fear in a Handful of Dust" I love SK

bluelph24
07-13-2008, 09:00 AM
whew...that sounds like a story in it's own right! :)

How are you liking the Dostoevsky?

i really enjoy him. i've read the brothers karamazov and i have crime and punishment and the idiot waiting in the ranks. right now i'm reading some other classics, but i plan to read crime and punishment before the summer ends

citiesburnred
07-15-2008, 07:01 PM
My first SK book was Eyes of the Dragon. I immensely enjoyed the fantasy work of a writer I had been led to expect as full-out horror

JQ The Gunslinger
07-16-2008, 05:36 PM
Yea thats what I thought SK all was. I had no idea he could do so much more

stone, rose, unfound door
07-24-2008, 05:23 PM
My first one was Night Shift. I went to the supermarket and there were these books that cost 10FF at the time (I bought them before the euro started existing; I was 12 at the time) that is 1.50 ($2.35) and I got #3 that contained only a few stories from Night shift, so I then bought the other ones and got the whole book after a while :) I loved it so I then tried Salem's Lot, which is still one of my favourites. And then I bought the other ones and read most of King's works before I turned 14.

Sai
08-07-2008, 08:57 PM
It, in 6th grade. Loved it.

kirin
08-09-2008, 12:35 PM
the first one i read was salems lot when i was 8 years old then i read carrie then i read other stuff for a bit came back to king again when i read the shining at age 12 and have continued to read at least one king book every other book ever since i love his style but sometimes if i read too many stephen king novels in a row i become depressed, paranoid and very edgy

gsvec
08-09-2008, 12:40 PM
Mine was 'Salem's Lot, too - just after it came out in paperback. It made me go back and read other SK and start buying the hardbacks when they came out. Then I decided I wanted hardbacks of the first ones, so I joined a book club and got BCEs. Down the road I decided it was time for first edition hardbacks which led to limited editions and signed books. (You see the pattern here, right? :lol:) Then my boss turned me onto this new thing called eBay (I really really which I'd bought some stock with their IPO!!) and I met this guy named Hutch. The collecting picked up then!! :rock:

TLC
08-11-2008, 05:00 PM
i started with Pet Semetary too. I was very young and I stole it from my moms bookshelf and read it. I loved dogs and cats so I thought it was all about them....not in the way it turned out though haha!

inertia1215
08-14-2008, 04:39 PM
My first SK book was Cujo, I took it off my Mom's book self in Jr. High and decided it would be a good idea to do a book report on it, yea not so good at 12 years old. Ended up getting in huge trouble fr bringing the book in because of the description of nudity, no one cared about people getting ripped abut by a dog, but the boobs, now that was way out of hand,:pullhair: lol.

Brice
08-14-2008, 11:59 PM
Well, everybody in America knows boobs are much more traumatizing to a child then infinite descriptive gore, don't they? Consider the damage done to countless children by seeing just one of Janet's nipples. They will likely never recover.

riknofx
08-15-2008, 05:01 AM
My first was Eyes of the Dragon.(late 80"s) I was already geeking on Dragonlance and that stuff out of 6th 7th grade. Then I think it was a p/b copy of Night Shift. By then I read the talisman and loved that too. In the meantime my pops went to jail for a couple months(assault/fight b/s) and when I seen him next he had a big pile of books(lots of SK) and he gave them to me. Most important of all is that is where I first read The Gunslinger and really started following other books. I still have the H/B of EOTD and the p/b plume The Gunslinger too. :cowboy::shoot::cowboy:

lipgloss_and_revolver
08-24-2008, 06:28 PM
I first read Rose Madder... Maybe that's why it has such a close place in my heart. lol. The next one is Salem's Lot.

Hornet of Death
09-09-2008, 01:33 PM
My first King book was THE GREEN MILE. Unusual I know.

BeDaN
09-09-2008, 08:10 PM
Mine was the the first book in Roland's ultimate quest for the Dark Tower, The Gunslinger and I never looked back.

stone, rose, unfound door
09-10-2008, 01:38 AM
Mine was the the first book in Roland's ultimate quest for the Dark Tower, The Gunslinger and I never looked back.

That's unlucky in a way because you've started with the best, so you can't enjoy the others the way most people do :(

mae
09-10-2008, 12:29 PM
It's great to see so many here have started with Pet Sematary. So did I. This was in 1995 when I was 15. Picked it up at the school library bin for the books being discarded. It was the paperback and in pretty rough shape but still readable. I had a free period so I was rummaging through that bin and in the pile of mostly crap found this little book with a very weird cover. That cat is so scary! So I took it and started reading it right away. I never heard about Stephen King before, but later I realized I had seen several movies based on his works (Cat's Eye, etc). I was so immediately engrossed in the story, I read for the entire free period, and then picked it right back up on the bus ride home (I used to take pretty long bus rides, 30-40 minutes long). I kept reading on the bus, something I had never done. I couldn't believe how amazing it was. I finished that book quite quickly, within the week. I remember one night it was raining very hard and our tiny dog who was deathly afraid of rain and thunder couldn't sleep. So I had to babysit the dog, otherwise it'd have a heart attack. With nothing to do, I read Pet Sematary with my dog in my lap shaking uncontrollably with the thunder roaring and the rain pounding outside. This was around 2-3 AM. I was scared shitless, honestly. I couldn't believe before that people can get scared from reading a book, but I was absolutely terrified. I think the dog and I were shaking in unison by the time the rain had stopped.

jhanic
09-10-2008, 12:31 PM
Great story, Pablo!

John

JQ The Gunslinger
09-10-2008, 06:23 PM
SK tends to do that to u. Quite a mean man lol jk

sfischer
10-26-2008, 08:21 PM
I attempted to start It in 7th grade. I never did finish it. The first book I finished was Misery that same year. My sister had it and I would read a little bit each time I was over at her house. To this day I have read close to every Stephen King book, novella, short story. For some reason still havent finished It though....

Jackie
10-26-2008, 08:22 PM
IT :wub:

flaggwalkstheline
10-26-2008, 08:24 PM
for me it was the girl who loved tom gordon, which in hindsight i dont like that much compared 2 most of his work but it was a good one to start with since i was 10 years old

Unfound One
10-26-2008, 08:25 PM
Oh IT's so worth it... I hope you get around to finishing it someday.

Heather19
10-27-2008, 04:14 PM
Definately give It another shot. I didn't make it beyond 100 pages the first time I read it. Then a few years later I finally decided to give it another go, and it is now my favorite book of all time. Well worth the read.

what
10-28-2008, 07:41 AM
The Eyes of the Dragon... i think it was 7th grade for a book report. I didn't read another King book until I picked up Lisey's Story last year.

shekter
10-31-2008, 06:53 AM
The first King book I read was The Talisman. Instant love.

mungojerrie
10-31-2008, 10:10 AM
either It or The Stand. i read them when i was 13 or so and never looked back.

mystima
11-06-2008, 09:36 PM
eyes of the dragon was my first foray into the king universe. at the time my mother was reading the stand and she was telling me some of the things happening in the book. i asked her if what her feelings about it becoming a movie...she told me that they didn't have the ability to make it into a movie and that made me even more interested in his books. i was in jr high school...i think????

idk, my bff jill?
11-10-2008, 01:40 PM
The first Stephen King book I ever read was actually The Gunslinger. :)

I was 16 years old, and my boyfriend at the time had just started getting into Stephen King, so he wanted someone to share the love with, I suppose.

I wasn't very keen on reading back then, but I'm definitely happy I eventually caved and got the book because since then, I've had many hours well-spent reading King's works.

...and scaring the shit out of myself. :lol:

SpottieOttieDopalicious
11-10-2008, 01:50 PM
I started reading It in 7th grade. Got about 300 pages in. Forgot about it till I found it 2 years later with my bookmark still in place lol. Finished it and it's now one of my favorite books. After that I read The Shining.

Chap
11-11-2008, 04:39 PM
The first one I attempted was Regulators. My dad showed it to me and said it was Stephen King, not "Richard Bachman" who wrote it.
I was tempted by this and gave it a try. Never wanted to read a Stephen King book before because... *ahem*, because I could just see the movie :blush:
(I was young back then, forgive me :P )
Didn't finish Regulators though, so it's not my first King book really.
Second attempt was Gunslinger.
Didn't finish that either.
Third attempt was Gunslinger, finished it that time :)

First non-DT book was Cell, and thanks to that I now have many SK books in my collection (not many compared to you collectors of course, but many compared to none!)

iamjacksgoat
11-13-2008, 02:55 PM
My first King book was Cujo. When I was 11 or so, I found a battered copy on my mom's bookshelf. I have no idea how it even got there as she doesn't like King. I read it, much to her dismay, and was immediately hooked. Next, I picked up The Stand and became a lifelong fan.

I pretty much have the same King beginning! My first book was Cujo, and I was around the same age. I bought it myself, though I'm not sure why. I was always a fan of horror growing up, and spent my childhood reading Goosebumps, haha.

Lady_Macbeth
11-13-2008, 07:43 PM
The Langoliers!! And I read it on an airplane flight no less!

SigTauGimp
11-13-2008, 11:47 PM
Wow...I can't believe I didn't notice this thread before now.

I think that the very first King book I read was "Night Shift"...I was either in 5'th or 6'th grade, so that made me around 10-12 years old...they had it at my school library, and I checked it out...I'd been a huuugggeee book nerd since 2'nd grade, so the librarian and my mother both knew that when I wanted to read something, there was no stopping me. They gave me the usual "language and mature content" warning, then let me on my way. :) If I can remember correctly, I read it cover to cover, and ever since have been a King fanatic.

I cannot remember for certain which King novel I first read, but I'm sure it's either "The Tommyknockers", or "It". After I finished Night Shift, one of those was the next book I checked out of the library. :P

iamjacksgoat
11-15-2008, 09:15 AM
Wow...I can't believe I didn't notice this thread before now.

I think that the very first King book I read was "Night Shift"...I was either in 5'th or 6'th grade, so that made me around 10-12 years old...they had it at my school library, and I checked it out...I'd been a huuugggeee book nerd since 2'nd grade, so the librarian and my mother both knew that when I wanted to read something, there was no stopping me. They gave me the usual "language and mature content" warning, then let me on my way. :) If I can remember correctly, I read it cover to cover, and ever since have been a King fanatic.

I cannot remember for certain which King novel I first read, but I'm sure it's either "The Tommyknockers", or "It". After I finished Night Shift, one of those was the next book I checked out of the library. :P

haha, that story reminded me of my school library. As soon as I got to the middle school, they took all of the Stephen King books out of the library and threw them away. I was so angry.

Diggity Of The Eld
11-15-2008, 03:12 PM
Firestarter when I was 12. :thumbsup:8):cool::ninja:

Empath of the White
11-24-2008, 08:12 AM
Its hard to recall...I think it was Pet Semetary. I saw the cover when I was in Albertson's with my mom. It was the paper back with Church on it. Anyway, I picked it up and started reading. Then a week later at high school I found a copy in the library and checked it out. This is one of the books that really gave me a good scare. I was in 8th grade at the time. Either that or Desperation.

The first King book I ever picked up though was IT, the hardcover version with the dust jacket of Pennywise's green claw griping the sewer grating thing. I didn't read it though. I was in 4th grade at the time and it was a very daunting prospect. I was expecting something about a monster clown. Little did I know, it was much more than just a monster clown.

Brainslinger
11-24-2008, 02:12 PM
I might have put my entry here already... but anyhow. I think the first book I read (but didn't own) was either Eye of the Dragon or The Talisman, I forget which. (Albeit the latter was co-written with Peter Straub.) The latter was by far my favourite, although Eye of the Dragon wasn't bad.

Actually The Talisman remains one of my King favourite books.

Iwritecode
11-24-2008, 02:35 PM
I remember growing up as a kid and hearing all sorts of stuff about SK but had never actually read any of his books. Stand By Me was one of my favorite movies, I'd see his books on TV commercials for book clubs, a friend of mine mentioned Pennywise (the name of a band) and somebody near us said something about a clown. I never made the connection. I also remember seeing a sign for Nightmares and Dreamscapes at a book store but had no idea what it was.

So somewhere in the early 90's I picked up Firestarter from the school library. I read a few chapters but never finished it. Then sometime later (it could've been months, it couldv'e been years I don't remember) I picked up The Dead Zone from the local library. I got completely absorbed in it and read the whole thing within a few days. Then I watched the movie and was sorely disappointed...

I don't remember the first SK book that I actually bought. I think it may have been Christine but I'm not sure.

Tank
12-14-2008, 10:53 PM
I picked up Pet Semetary when I was 11 and read it right before Halloween. Needless to say it scared the white off of me and made me always, ALWAYS make sure the closet door was shut well so Zelda didn't come creeping out in the middle of the night and try to twist my back like hers.

:scared:

BROWNINGS CHILDE
12-14-2008, 11:06 PM
Wow, I thought I was going to be one of the only ones to say "Pet Semetary", but now it seems kinda trendy. haha.

Anyway, I read Pet Semetary about 3rd grade. Went straight from Beverly Clearly to the rough stuff. I think it had the strongest effect on me of any of the King books that I later read, maybe due to my young age. But to this day, any book or movie that has a demonic child in it totally freaks me out. After reading Pet Semetary, I immediately turned it back to the beginning and started over. I have NEVER done that again since. I have reread books plenty of times, but since this book, I have never finished the last page and just started over again without even getting up.
A King fan was definitely born.

Tank
12-16-2008, 12:54 PM
It's a little strange that so many of us started with Pet Sememtary, the book King almost didn't publish and his wife didn't want him to publish. It really is up there with one of the most depressing and scary books I've ever read in my life. Even more so as I grew older and had a child myself. That brought the horror of the situation home in a whole new way.

:(

BROWNINGS CHILDE
12-16-2008, 08:21 PM
Yeah Tank,
When my wife came up pregnant. My brother wanted me to name the kid Gage, knowing how I felt about the character. I ended up having twin girls, but Gage woulda never, ever, been a name that would have been chosen. Ha

Tank
12-17-2008, 08:31 AM
Yeah Tank,
When my wife came up pregnant. My brother wanted me to name the kid Gage, knowing how I felt about the character. I ended up having twin girls, but Gage woulda never, ever, been a name that would have been chosen. Ha

I'm not a very spiritual or religious person, but naming a kid Gage seems like playing golf in a lightning storm. I'd rather not tempt fate like that.

:onfire:

Whitey Appleseed
12-27-2008, 04:45 AM
I am a late bloomer (and a slow learner). Yeah, I know, put another check by my name. No little Smiley guy, comically clutching the seat of his humongous pants? Ach du liber! Mine arsch! Don't bother, I've already kicked myself enough over it. First one was It, maybe ten-twelve years ago now. I think all those thick doorstoppers, and something I learned in the Academy..."learned" is the wrong word, more like something that was impressed upon me...something about people not wanting to read long stories, so keep it kiss simple. DreamCatcher when it came out. Loved both stories and it's a blue-eyed wonder I didn't catch on. When I read the first line of The Gunslinger in 2006 I never looked back.

Beamer
12-28-2008, 01:50 PM
My mother had all of his books when I was growing up. In fact I believe she tried to get me to read the Gunslinger first, I read half of it and then got carried away with a Nintendo Entertainment System...So I picked up Cujo and read that completely. I believe I was about 10 maybe 11 or 12, those years all run together...I read Gunslinger and Drawing of the 3 next and then into the Bachman Books, Thinner, then Christine, Tommy Knockers, IT, Talisman, The Stand, Salem's Lot, I skipped around alot, didnt know there was a sequence, I just grabbed books off the shelf and read them... Well...I am glad I did...I am a hue King Fan, have read almost everything he has written, there are some I haven't gotten my hands on...but very few....

mate211
01-17-2009, 03:49 AM
The Talisman :) I loved that

Mad Man
01-17-2009, 04:25 AM
Mine was DT - The Gunslinger :rock: I was 14 and it was my first book that was written in English.

T.A.M
01-18-2009, 05:00 PM
My first book was the Green Mile. I didn't finish it...:( So the first Stephan King book I actually finished was Misery, which I loved. I watched the movie Misery when I was young, maybe a couple of years ago, and it scared me so badly it made me rethink my dreams of being a famous author. Imagine my shock when I read the book and it turned out to be scarier then the movie! :D

CaptainTrips
01-19-2009, 02:02 AM
I don't really remember I think the first SK book I read was maybe IT or Different Seasons,then I was hooked.

Melike
01-19-2009, 06:19 AM
Night Shift.
Still so special.

:Oygat:
01-19-2009, 04:46 PM
I hadn't read any Stephen King books until this summer, which is odd because I'm a huge horror movie fan... just hadn't bothered to extend my horror fandom to books.

The first I read was "Salem's Lot." It was so fantastic that I immediately went out and checked out "Christine", which I loved even more.

I was a big fan of "Christine" the movie, but once I read the book I was like, "alright, this was worlds better than the movie. Time to go read some more Stephen King!"

Next I read "The Shining", which was kind of a letdown, but still great.

All in the course of about a week.

And then I was hooked.

theyspunaweb
01-19-2009, 06:55 PM
Night Shift.
Still so special.

Really? gosh this is ANOTHER one of SK's that I've seen but haven't read....and the movie was god awful! Others might know that I am referring to the series of the Stand that I have seen, but I am going to read in the future since it doesn't do the written work justice from what I've heard.

CaptainTrips
01-19-2009, 07:23 PM
I didn't think the mini-series was that bad, but compared to the book, it wasn't that great. Being a parent, there's one passage with a minor character that's a 5 or 6 year-old boy that just makes me sad every time read it. I do think it's one of the best novels he's written.

theyspunaweb
01-19-2009, 07:43 PM
I don't think that series of the Stand was that bad, but I think that the Night Shift movie was. (I must have worded that confusingly) I wouldn't have thought it was SK if his name wasn't on it compared to his books. It was really old, I happened to be flipping channels around Halloween and it came on.

Melike
01-19-2009, 10:30 PM
Night Shift.
Still so special.

Really? gosh this is ANOTHER one of SK's that I've seen but haven't read....and the movie was god awful! Others might know that I am referring to the series of the Stand that I have seen, but I am going to read in the future since it doesn't do the written work justice from what I've heard.

I have never seen the Night Shift movie. Maybe thats why I like it a lot. :) In general, I love King books more than their movie adaptations.

theyspunaweb
01-19-2009, 11:21 PM
I bet it is great, the movies seem to do an injustice.

Django
01-20-2009, 01:02 AM
The Shining

Brice
01-20-2009, 03:36 AM
I don't think that series of the Stand was that bad, but I think that the Night Shift movie was. (I must have worded that confusingly) I wouldn't have thought it was SK if his name wasn't on it compared to his books. It was really old, I happened to be flipping channels around Halloween and it came on.


Night Shift movie? What Night Shift movie? What was the Name of it? And Which story from Night Shift was it?

theyspunaweb
01-20-2009, 10:05 AM
I don't think that series of the Stand was that bad, but I think that the Night Shift movie was. (I must have worded that confusingly) I wouldn't have thought it was SK if his name wasn't on it compared to his books. It was really old, I happened to be flipping channels around Halloween and it came on.


Night Shift movie? What Night Shift movie? What was the Name of it? And Which story from Night Shift was it?

I looked it up, and I think I'm actually talking about Graveyard Shift, sorry...

the story with the big rat? I didn't think the titles would be so similar.

Ric
01-21-2009, 09:27 AM
Apologies to anyone that read this previously in the "Introduce Yourself" thread. I usually do not repeat myself, but I wanted to re-post this here because it pertains to the topic of the thread. Thanks for understanding. :thumbsup:


I first came across the work of Sai King — Stephen as he was known to me back then — in the summer of 1979 while I was pouring over a stack of tattered paperbacks in a small, musty used book shop on the south shore of Long Island while my mother was shopping at a clothing store next door. I was eight years old at the time and eager to warp my fragile little mind in as many ways as possible, so I quickly found my way to the "Horror & Science Fiction" section of the shop, which amounted to nothing more than a separate pile of tattered and yellowing paperbacks scattered about. That's pretty much the way the shop was laid out as I remember; not so much in sections, but rather in piles. Oh, there's the "Bestsellers" pile, and over there next to the cardboard box and the chair with three legs? Yea, that's the "Home & Garden" pile.

Asking the proprietor for a specific title was a venture that was undertaken only by the masochistic and the easily amused. She was a robust woman, and if you'd asked me her age at the time I would have said "pre-historic" but the reality was that she was probably close to sixty. She had eyes that seemed to be set three feet deep in her head and when she turned to look at you — which was not often — she bore a vague resemblance to Jabba the Hutt after he'd eaten one of his frog snacks. More often than not the response to any query was "over there, in that pile," which as you can imagine was less than helpful. Other times, you would just get a stare that either meant "over there, in that pile" or "get away from me before I tear out your pancreas and hang it on the wall." Luckily for me I didn't happen to be looking for anything in particular that day, I just wanted something icky and scary to bring home.

My mother would often lose track of time when she was clothes shopping, sometimes spending an hour or more wandering the aisles picking up the same blouse three or four times before finally trying it on, deciding it wasn't for her, and putting it back on the rack. I know this because the first few times she went I tagged along, acting less like her son and more like her walking clothes rack as she strolled through the aisles picking up blouse after blouse and laying them across my head saying "hang onto this for me for a second ok hon?" Thankfully, I discovered the book store shortly thereafter, and I was able to get out of "hangar duty."

The extra time always came in useful because unlike most bookstores in the western hemisphere, this one felt the need to shelve the books — and I use that term loosely — spine-in, which while making for a strangely attractive yellow-shaded sculpture, was not very conducive to finding something interesting simply by looking for it. No, this book shop made you earn your keep, and if you wanted something in particular, by God you were gonna work for it, and that seemed to suit Jabba just fine. My typical M.O. was to simply knock an entire stack of books over in one fell swoop and scan the spines, which as you can guess did not endear me to Frau Hutt and I certainly received my share of "Make sure you pick them up when you're done" chastisements.

Anyway, after toppling an especially tall stack and marveling in the miniature avalanche, I spotted a cover that caught my eye. I mean how could it not? There was this girl on the cover, and she was completely covered in blood! She had a terrified look in her eyes and I was intrigued immediately. I flipped through some of the pages and liked what I read, so I checked the inside front cover for the price which was usually scribbled in pencil and most times indecipherable which caused you to approach the proprietor — carefully guarding your pancreas — to ask the price. I believe now that she scribbled so illegibly on purpose so that she could make the price up on the spot depending on how interested you looked in the particular title. If your eyes were wide and you were holding the book gently, the price would increase 50%. It didn't take me long to learn to toss the paperback at her with a mixture of disinterest and disdain on my face. I think that, and the fact that I was a little kid worked to my advantage; I mean how much cash could an eight-year-old have anyway? Especially one that dressed as poorly as I did and was interested in creepy Horror novels? I tossed the book on the desk and shot her my best "What's the damage Jabba?" look. She took the book, looked at the cover, looked at me like I must have been defective for even being interested in this obvious piece of crap, opened the cover and announced the price was 75, thereby completing the circle of mutual disgust. Fortunately for me, 75 was well within my weekly budget for books so I flipped the three quarters on her desk and made a beeline for the door.

To say that I was taken with Carrie would be an understatement, I simply absorbed it. Every word, every page just flew by and I was hooked. I finished the book in two days and thought about which one of my mother's blouses I should ruin to ensure a return trip to Jabba's palace. In the close to 30!!! years since, I've read everything King has done, and while not a collector on par with some here, have managed to grab a few nice pieces here and there.

I think this post has probably run on for far too long at this point, so I'll close it by saying I'm happy to be here and I look forward to chatting with like-minded individuals. Thanks for having me!

mhelgers
01-21-2009, 09:58 AM
my first was Salem's Lot

college_ewok
01-21-2009, 09:59 AM
Salems Lot

BROWNINGS CHILDE
01-21-2009, 06:51 PM
Salem's Lot, What an excellent story to start with.

college_ewok
01-21-2009, 06:58 PM
it made me want to read more of his books.

BROWNINGS CHILDE
01-22-2009, 06:40 PM
One of my favs for sure.:thumbsup:

Bumbler19
01-22-2009, 09:45 PM
The Green Mile for me.

Nightfall
02-04-2009, 08:55 PM
My first SK book was The Gunslinger

I started reading it because I came across Wolves of the Calla in a big box of books my brother left behind after moving to Florida. I was like "Hey.. this book looks pretty awesome, but I dont want to spoil it by reading the fifth before the first." I then bought the first three DT books, and fell in love with them.

ClicheGuevara
02-04-2009, 09:00 PM
Either Firestarter or Pet Semetary. My dad is a huge SK fan, so when I was growing up I had a ton on SK books to choose from. .My fave besides the DT series, is my unabridged hardback copy of The Stand.

hawksai
02-04-2009, 09:03 PM
i was 13. i got in an argument with my mom about going over to a friend's house. she (jokingly, i'm pretty sure) grabbed a book off her bookshelf and tossed it at me. she said, "go read a book. you're too young to have friends". haha. i remember it like it was yesterday. i spent the rest of the night upstairs locked in my bedroom reading the girl who loved tom gordon. and i was hooooooked.

EdwardDean1999
02-07-2009, 10:32 AM
My first SK book was The Gunslinger



ME TOO!

hoin1585
02-10-2009, 02:33 AM
Dandelo and Flagg.

sleeplessdwarf
02-10-2009, 01:28 PM
By the time I started reading for fun, I had already seen Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, and Salems Lot, so before I watched any more King movies I wanted to read the book first. A good friend of mine was just finishing up Pet Cemetary and offered to loan me the copy. I was 13 and living out in the woods. It was far more scary than any movie I ever watched and I was hooked on King instantly.

AlishaRiley
02-10-2009, 01:29 PM
Mine was It, at the age of 13. From then, I was hooked. I shot to the library as soon as I'd finished It, and went on to read Carrie and The Shining in the same day. :D

ClicheGuevara
02-10-2009, 01:31 PM
Looks like alot of us started around thirteen. . I believe that's when I read Pet Semetary.

Heather19
02-10-2009, 03:31 PM
It's interesting how many people picked up Pet Semetary first. And I think I was around 13-14 as well when I read it.

Brice
02-10-2009, 03:42 PM
I started at about 9 or so I think. I quickly went through all that was out at the time. My momther of course didn't approve of what I read (and still doesn't really). Me and my little brother have joked that she was a (slightly) less extreme Margaret White. :lol:

Ste Letto
02-19-2009, 03:52 PM
Salem's Lot first, aged 13/14. Funny now to see it as a DT prequel.

Carrie 2nd.

Firestarter 3rd.

SK had me hooked then.

The Shining

The Stand.

By this stage I thought he was the bees knees.

at_one
02-19-2009, 11:01 PM
Skeleton Crew. Short stories rock!!!

GirlGoneNineteen
02-26-2009, 11:05 AM
The Regulators (Richard Bachman counts, right?:unsure:)

candy
02-28-2009, 11:58 AM
firestarter then carrie, i too was around 13 and loved these books - wanted to be able to zap people with fire etc when they bugged me. then my dad bought me the stand -which he bought me again last year cause it had gone all raggedy - bless him.

last book (new to me though) was the girl who loved tom gordon

dotKay
03-30-2009, 05:35 PM
The Long walk was my first ;D

Billy-Bumbler
03-30-2009, 06:50 PM
The Gunslinger, what else! :)

Billy-Bumbler
03-30-2009, 06:54 PM
Dandelo and Flagg.

I'm sorry, is this a short story or are you referring to DT7 or what? If it is a short story I'd be very interested!

Jean
03-30-2009, 09:58 PM
Dandelo and Flagg.<...>If it is a short story I'd be very interested!

Wouldn't you be even more interested if it was a long novel? http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mishemplushem/Facilitation/bear_wink-1.gif

soylentjillian
03-30-2009, 10:19 PM
The Shining, then Carrie. Then Gerald's Game, which shocked my 14 year old self. Gunslinger came a year later :)

Munchausen
04-03-2009, 07:32 AM
I'm pretty sure that my first King book was The Shining. I know I read it in high school after a steady diet of classic science fiction.

Matt
04-03-2009, 09:20 AM
I think a lot of people start there, maybe it's tied to popular culture. Meaning, folks kind of recognize the name from the popular movie.

DoctorDodge
04-04-2009, 06:05 AM
The Gunslinger for me. Started reading it when i was 16 and i noticed that the final books had just been released (never a better time to start a book series than when it's finished, after all), although oddly enough i do remember seeing and being very intrigued by an old copy of the Gunslinger in my high school library when i was 12. Thought at the time that it was very odd to see a Stephen King book in a school library!

Brice
04-04-2009, 06:11 AM
Ah, when I first discovered King it was actually still common to find his books in school libraries.

RolandStageDive
04-04-2009, 10:36 AM
From a Buick 8.

Intense in a different way from many of his books and with this eerie focus of misery on the car. Loved it.

Curiosity killed the cat, but the answer brought it back snap-happy.

insomniacsnightmare
04-05-2009, 12:11 PM
My first SK book was, like many, The Shining. I remember very clearly. I was 14 or 15, and I had just started getting into horror movies.
I was watching Friends one night and it was the one where Joey and Rachel switch books, Joey's being The Shining, which he often got so scared he had to hide it in the freezer. Lol! I was totally intruiged at that point, I wanted to be scared. And to this day that is the only book which has really frightened me.
Then I read 'Salem's Lot and then Carrie...

Lily-sai
04-07-2009, 04:49 PM
Hehe, that Friends episode was SO hilarious! I can feel for Joey - the Shining totally belongs in the freezer. :D

For the life of me, I can't remember which one was the first. The local library was a second home for me, as I was ten and lived in a boarding school. So no-one was really there to check if I was reading appropriate books for my age.. =P But I clearly remember reading IT, when I was sixteen-something and how it scared the bejesus out of me. Argh. The Shining came in much later.. Phew.

divemaster
04-07-2009, 06:59 PM
My first King book was The Stand. I was 16 or so (1984-ish) and my friend's family gave me a paperback copy for my birthday. I don't recall even knowing who King was at the time. Sure, I had probably some passing familiarity with Carrie or 'Salem's Lot, but I hadn't read them or seen the movies, and I didn't know Stephen King from B.B. King.

Anyway, I started reading The Stand and couldn't put it down. I read it walking to class, sitting at my desk, at lunch, etc. To this day it remains my all-time favorite book. I read it about once a year or so. I've pretty much got it memorized!

Daffy
04-09-2009, 08:13 AM
My first SK book was 'Salem's Lot. Got a copy from my high school library and it fueled my need to be scared and started me off on Mr King's wonderful Universe :D

Slash281
04-09-2009, 09:13 AM
My first SK book was Christine. I was 11 and I had to read as many books as a I could out of necessity. You see, in my school we have this thing called Accelerated Reader. This is basically just tests for every book in the library, so once you finish a book you take a test and you get AR points. If you don't reach a certain amount of AR points at the end of the year you FAIL.

At this point I really didn't read much. Mostly just Harry Potter, and Star Wars books. So I was just looking for any long books to get me a lot of points. When I saw Christine I picked it up and I loved it, I really liked Dennis and Arnie, and felt sad at the end. So now I'm reading almost exclusively King until I get through all his books.

Jean
04-09-2009, 09:27 PM
So now I'm reading almost exclusively King until I get through all his books.
It is a good choice. King is a whole cultural universe by himself. If some day you get tired and want something completely different (Monty Python reference anyone?), there's a lot of people and animals around here who will be willing to help! http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k291/mishemplushem/Facilitation/0134-bear.gif

BrianDeschain
04-11-2009, 10:56 AM
My first was The Shining. I was terrified by the Kubrick film, and I wanted to read the book it was based on. I had already heard of the name Stephen King, but that was the first time I actually read something that was written by him. I was twelve, I think. He has been my favorite author ever since, and I still have to read the majority of his novels.

AcidBumbler
06-17-2009, 10:04 AM
My first King book was Misery. My mum has a big hardback of it and I've always been a 'bookworm'. I read the back and liked the sound of it. I was hooked about 4 pages into it... been an avid fan ever since xD
(Although not quite so avid as Annie Wilkes... :unsure:)

educatedlady
06-17-2009, 10:14 AM
I went through my books that were in storage and found my copy of the first SK book I ever read. It brought back memories. Funny how my mom stored it away with all the kids books I had. Cycle of the Werewolf = kids book. :)

Brice
08-13-2010, 05:03 AM
Fuck off spammer! :D

Edit: Not any of our beloved regulars, but the asshole I just banned. :dance:

sai delgado
09-16-2010, 02:49 PM
My first Stephen King book was Pet Sematary I think- I found it in my sister's book collection when she left home and read it. It was the first proper horror novel I had ever read, and it had a massive impact on me at the time- especially on my writing too. I'm not sure what came after that though- I remember the first Stephen King book I bought was Dreamcatcher and Rose Madder, and my Grandma got me loads from car-boot sales. It was when she got me Wizard and Glass that I went out and bought The Gunslinger :cowboy:

BROWNINGS CHILDE
09-16-2010, 09:58 PM
As I have said before, my first SK book was Pet Sematary. What I don't think I have mentioned before is that I picked it up from my elementary school library in 3rd grade. I don't think that whoever put the book there had ever read it. haha.

alkanto
09-17-2010, 05:06 AM
I read 'Salem's Lot when I was 12...pretty fun. I actually found it a lot less scary than I anticipated, despite it being my first horror novel. That should have been the sign that we knew I was going to be a little messed up :lol:

Of course, given my first movie was Star Wars and my first television programs were Star Trek and the Simpsons, I think we could have seen that one coming.

MikeDuke
09-21-2010, 09:46 AM
Christine, paper back was the first book I read by King. I was prob 13-14. The Kubrick version of the shining was the first movie I saw based on a book of his. Even though he did not like it, and I understand why, it still scared the crap out of me when I saw it at the age of 14.

EvaH
09-21-2010, 12:53 PM
I bought a paperback of Different Seasons in a thrift store the summer I was 13 and continued reading his books throughout my teens. I stopped reading them in college then continued again about 3 years ago. It was Nightmares and Dreamscapes that got me hooked again.

mtdman
09-23-2010, 08:34 PM
The first SK book I ever read was The Talisman. A girl gave it to me. She loved SK and I told her I hadn't read any of his stuff but saw a lot of the movies. She gave me The Talisman for my birthday. I loved it but then didn't read any more for about 5 years. Then I bought Black House when it came out, and remembered that I liked SK. Then I went into his short stories and it increased from there. When I started listening to audio books at work, I listened to Salem's Lot. I believe that book is one of the best books I've ever read. After that I just took off and couldn't stop. Then I started in on The Gunslinger books and it was nonstop king for about 2 years.

Nonline
09-24-2010, 11:29 PM
I only discovered Stephen King quite late (13 months ago), because my first book was Duma Key... And I loved it straight away. After that I read Skeleton Crew, Gerald's Game, Under the Dome (wonderful book), The Dark Tower Series (magnificent!), Insomnia, Just after Sunset and today I will be finishing Eyes of the Dragon.

Seneschal
10-01-2010, 10:36 AM
As I have said before, my first SK book was Pet Sematary. What I don't think I have mentioned before is that I picked it up from my elementary school library in 3rd grade. I don't think that whoever put the book there had ever read it. haha.

that's awesome. hahaha

Pet Sematary was also my first. I was 11 which, funny enough, was 19 years ago.