I AM Stephen King’s biggest fan (ha ha – Annie Wilkes would be so proud!) I’ve been reading his books since I was 11 or 12. Yes, a little young for the material, but my mom says she couldn’t stop me. I guess I had read everything else in the house and since Mom read Stephen King, that’s what I wanted to do. So, one day she gave me Night Shift to read. I LOVED it. One story, in particular, really got me – “The Boogeyman”. I AM still afraid to sleep with the closet door open, and I MOST CERTAINLY DO NOT leave one foot hanging over the edge of the bed at night! From there I went on to Carrie, Fire Starter and Salem’s Lot. No other book has had quite the same effect on me as Salem’s Lot. I have always had a healthy fear of vampires. Now, after dark, I AM sure there are vampires out there (yes, this is some 30+ years later!). Once, when I was 16, I was re-reading Salem’s Lot and my Dad snuck outside and scratched on my window. (If you’ve ever read this book, you know that’s how the vampires tried to get in to the little boy’s room.) Of course, I went screaming from my room, only to find my Dad collapsed on the porch in fits of laughter. I think that the Dark Tower books are some of the best ever written; I was both happy and sad when the final book came out after waiting over 20 years. The most recent of his books to REALLY give me the creeps was Dream Catcher. Wow – I had to put it down for about a year before I could get past the first half! I couldn’t even READ Gerald’s Game – I had to get it on a CD and listen to it during the day in my car. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? But I just can’t get enough! I’ve read all of his books… I have them all in hard back. I’ve seen all of the movies (Storm of the Century about did me in!) and I even have several books written ABOUT him, my favorite being “The Stephen King Universe.” I AM a member of the fan club. I get regular emails from his website. I AM a Stephen King junkie, to put it mildly! And, yes… I AM afraid of the dark. July 2008
I took photos of all of my Stephen King books, then cropped them and made the transparency.