Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 310 pages

A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining.
One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world today, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him to keep writing at a breakneck pace after a thirty year career? In this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak reveals the troubled background and lifelong fears that inspire one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.
King’s origins were inauspicious at best. His impoverished childhood in rural Maine and early marriage hardly spelled out the likelihood of a blossoming literary career. But his unflagging work ethic and a ceaseless flow of ideas put him on the path to success. It came in a flash, and the side effects of sudden stardom and seemingly unlimited wealth soon threatened to destroy his work and, worse, his life. But he survived and has since continued to write at a level of originality few authors could ever hope to match.
Despite his dark and disturbing work, Stephen King has become revered by critics and his countless fans as an all-American voice more akin to Mark Twain than H. P. Lovecraft. Haunted Heart chronicles his story, revealing the character of a man who has created some of the most memorable---and frightening---stories found in literature today.

Stephen King on Stephen King:

“I’m afraid of everything.”

“As a kid, I worried about my sanity a lot."

“I am always interested in this idea that a lot of fiction writers write for their fathers because their fathers are gone.”

“Writing is an addiction for me.”

“I married her for her body, though she said I married her for her typewriter.”

“When you get into this business, they don’t tell you you’ll get cat bones in the mail.”

“You have to be a little nuts to be a writer.”

“There’s always the urge to see somebody dead that isn’t you.”

 

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Contents

1 APT PUPIL
8
2 HEAD DOWN
26
3 THE GUNSLINGER
41
4 DESPERATION
57
5 RIDING THE BULLET
77
6 THE RUNNING MAN
96
7 DIFFERENT SEASONS
110
8 MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE
131
11 THE GOLDEN YEARS
184
12 MISERY
199
13 SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK
209
14 THE END OF THE WHOLE MESS
226
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
245
TIME LINE
247
NOTES
255
BIBLIOGRAPHY
291

9 THE LONG WALK
151
10 IT GROWS ON YOU
168

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About the author (2009)

Lisa Rogak is the author of more than forty books. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina where she writes and plays piano, upright bass, and accordion in a variety of ensembles. Her most recent biographies are The Man Behind the Da Vinci Code: An Unauthorized Biography of Dan Brown and A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein.

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