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Stephen King Research Paper Outline
a. Short biography
b. Thesis Statement: Stephen King uses many different elements in order to scare his readers. The elements include supernatural elements, real life scenarios, and fear of the unknown.
2. How substance abuse and a childhood accident affected King’s creativity
a. Heavy drinking
b. Harder drugs
c. Intervention and Sobriety
d. Watching one of his friends getting hit by a train
3. Using supernatural elements
a. The Tommyknockers uses aliens and mind control
b. Carrie uses things such as witchcraft and supernatural powers.
4. How stories that include real life situations can scare us.
I. Repercussions from Rage
II. Removal from print
5. Fear of the Unknown and things that “go bump in the night”
a. Gerald’s Game
6. Suspenseful writing with very descriptive tone
a. Autopsy Room Four a man is lying on the table awaiting his living autopsy unable to scream.
7. Writing style
B. Word Usage
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The King of Horror Films
For such a successful writer, Stephen King really had no secret to his writing style. King has credited free writing for his best ideas. He also has a very down to earth way of looking at his fame. Stephen King would read for four hours, and then he would write for four hours or until he reached 2,000 words. In a Time magazine interview, King called this his nine to five approach and that he, “worked until beer o’ clock.” When asked where his ideas came from, King would often reply, “I have the heart of a small boy. . . And I keep it in a jar on my desk.” Also, he does not have just one particular way of writing horror, and what often sets off the terror in his readers most was the vast amount of detail portrayed. His early work was very tentative, and he did not have much faith in his writing. King’s first published novel, Carrie, only saw the light of day because Stephen King’s wife fished it out of the garbage can. The majority of his stories started off in men’s pornography magazines. One of his most famous stories and successful movies, The Children of the Corn, was first published in Hustler. Stephen King would often write under the pen name of Richard Bachman. Eventually, as his fame grew, his fans spoiled his secret. He partly wrote with a pen name to see if he could have the same success he found with Carrie without people buying his books just for his name on the cover.
In his early career, Stephen King abused alcohol heavily. King himself said that he was drunk when he delivered his mother’s eulogy. After years of drinking, King moved on to marijuana, cocaine, and prescription painkillers. He has no memory of ever writing his book The Tommyknockers in the 1980’s, and shortly after it was published, his family and friends confronted him with an intervention. King stated that he has been sober ever since.
One of the ingredients of horror that King has used is science fiction and the supernatural. King has not used this genre extensively though. The Tommyknockers was focused around a crashed alien spaceship that emitted a gas that turned the townspeople into beings similar to aliens. In Carrie, the main character gained telepathic and telekinetic powers at the age of sixteen. Her mother told her that it was witchcraft. Although many people have been scared by Stephen King’s science fiction writing, it has not been his most famous.
The scariest stories written by Stephen King are the ones that could have actually happened in real life. This causes the reader to be terrified by the fact that the very next day, something that happened in a Stephen King horror novel could happen to them. The...