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  •  Clio, my first King book (1+ / 0-)
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    was Salem's Lot.  I see that book as a port hole to so much in my reading and writing life, as well as a great memory of a fine old writer in my life.

    On a day so many years ago and now so far away, that writer handed me Salem's Lot and said, "You have to read this."  I quickly read the back cover and said "I don't do horror stories."

    He said to me, "Well, if you appreciate that a good writer can show up in any genre, you will now open yourself to horror stories, or deny yourself the pleasure of this writer's great talent"  Yep, those were pretty close to his exact words.

    And with those words, he scared me into reading it faster than King himself could have.  Perish the thought that I would miss out on great writing and a great story, where ever the world offered it and in whatever genre.

    OMG, I was swallowed up by that book.  Not so much by the horror or the scare of it, but by the sheer narrative power of it.  By the VOICE of it.  By the understanding of human character, the details that put you in the shoes of that book's characters.  

    I went on to read many, many of King's books.  My faves to this day are Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Misery, and Pet Cemetery.  Oh yea, and let's not forget "Rita Hayworth and the the Shawshank redemption." Read the short story first, and saw the movie later.  It is one of the few movies that ever dared to be as good, if not better, than the written word.

    For a gal who never read horror stories, and really still doesn't, King led me down the rabbit hole of his world and his observations, and I loved every minute of it and consider myself richer for it.

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