Dark Dreams: The Story of Stephen King (World Writers)

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Presents the life and accomplishments of the horror writer known for such tales as "Carrie," "Cujo," and "Misery."

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After their father abandoned the family, young Stephen King and his brother often had to fend for themselves as their mother juggled several jobs. They moved frequently, from one town to another, sometimes living without indoor plumbing. To pass the time, Stephen began to make up stories. What began as entertain-ment became a passion and, combined with his fierce resolve, willingness to work, and vivid imagination, started King on a path to celebrity and wealth beyond his wildest dreams. King changed the face of horror fiction, making popular what was once considered a gimmick. His first book, Carrie, which told the story of an outcast high school student—a recurrent theme in his work—sold millions of copies, inaugurating a string of such successes. During one year, he had six books hit the best-seller list. Despite all the accolades and awards, King never forgot his roots and has donated millions of dollars to make other people's lives better, paying special attention to the communities of his youth. He has also fought against censorship and literary elitism. Dark Dreams: The Story of Stephen King tells the true-life rags-to-riches story of a man who holds his principles as firmly as the imaginations of his readers.

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Gr. 7-10. Stephen King is no stranger to Americans. Even if one has never read his books or seen the movies based on them, there is no ignoring his formidable thumbprint on literature in general and the horror genre in particular. But how did the youngest son of a struggling single mother become a household name? Part of the World Writers series, this well-documented look at King's life introduces the man who has become a legend for reinventing and legitimizing horror. Whitelaw has put together a seamless synthesis of interviews, biographies, and King's own writing, pared down for younger readers and illustrated with plenty of full-color photographs. She has a knack for sharing unusual details (relying often on King's candid words on critics, politics, pop culture, and his own writing) and for showing how important historical events did their part in shaping King's work. A time line, a list of major works and awards, a list of sources, a bibliography, and a list of Web sites conclude. Kristine Huntley
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