Born on September 21st 1947 in Portland Maine Stephen King is a name synonymous with all things horror. His novels cover a vast range of subjects but all of them are guaranteed to leave you feeling just a little bit unsettled. It is well known that if King’s wife Tabitha had not pulled the unfinished draft of Carrie from the bin, read it and declared it worth finishing that her husband would probably still be a teacher and there would be no such thing as a Constant Reader.
With a life that includes drug addiction, alcoholism and almost being killed by a van being driven by a drunk and his dog, Stephen King continues to delight and horrify his loyal fans in equal measure, and here, for Constant Readers and new ones too are 10 scarily good quotes from Stephen King.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
“A short story is a different thing altogether – a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
“Speaking personally, you can have my gun, but you’ll take my book when you pry my cold, dead fingers off of the binding.”
“There are books full of great writing that don’t have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story… don’t be like the book-snobs who won’t do that. Read sometimes for the words–the language. Don’t be like the play-it-safers who won’t do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.”
“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”
“The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn’t real. I know that, and I also know that if I’m careful to keep my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab my ankle.”
If you are a King fan already you almost certainly knew that… However, have you heard the story of Richard Bachman, and why King dropped him?
If it was up to Stephen King, Bachman would probably still exist.
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Sleep No More is a new collection of short stories from the late author to be released just in time for the Christmas market. The six short stories all have a motive of revenge and vengence and will be published by Faber later this year. From unhappy marriages to bullying schoolmasters, this collection will have it all. Read More
He was best known for his work Vanity Fair which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Thackeray worked often under a pseudonym as his work attacked the rich and powerful, and satirised early 19th-century British society.
His work is considered second only to Charles Dickens (depending on who you ask), and like Dickens his way with words is thought-provoking and full of wit.
Here are 15 of our favourite quotes taken from his many pieces of work…
For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.
Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.