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Stephen King

The “Master of Horror”, Stephen King, remarks, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones”! Reading or writing fiction is a form of escapism. Thus, we sometimes choose to read or write tragic or scary stories to help us deal with dreadful events that occur in reality.

Another thought-provoking quote by King is, “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” What he means is that the monsters that live inside us are actually the voices in our minds that tell us that we are not good enough and that we can’t succeed. They are the voices that make us compare ourselves to others. If we can clear these negative thoughts in our minds, then the monsters will never win!

King is one of the most prolific writers in the world with 54 published books to his name. He is of Scot-Irish ancestry and was born in Portland, Maine on September 21, 1947. He began writing when he was studying at the University of Maine at Orono. There, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper. Apart from writing, he also showed interest in politics. In 1970, he graduated with a B.A. in English and began a career in teaching. In 2003, he was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal.

All of King’s books are worldwide bestsellers. His popular books include Carrie, The Dead Zone, It, The Shining, The Long Walk, The Stand, Misery and 11.22.63 to name a few. He also penned the fantasy series The Dark Tower and a remarkable non-fiction book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

In 1973, his debut novel Carrie was accepted for publication. It was a scary story recommended for anyone who craves to be thrilled while reading. It is a tragic story of bullying gone too far. There are many elements of horror. Carrie’s life is miserable at home where she’s oppressed by her mother. She is also not happy at school, where she’s relentlessly bullied by her peers. She then finds she possesses strange powers.

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escapism (n) – avoidance of unpleasant reality; an activity to escape the real problems of life.
prolific (adj) – highly productive.
debut (n) – fairst public appearance; beginning.
oppressed (adj) – treated cruelly and unfairly; bullied.

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