Burdrick 1Callie BurdrickStephen KingEnglish II13 November 2017The Strange and Interesting Documentation of Stephen King’s LifeStephen King’s traumatic past, love for the Boston Red Sox, his feelings towards evil, and his hobbies all come together to make King the successful novelist he is today.Donald King, Stephen King’s father, abandoned his family when King was two-years-old. King relates his father issues back to Jack Torrance, the main character in his book “The Shining.” In “The Shining,” Jack Torrance is the winter caretaker of an isolated hotel in Colorado, and as he discovers the hotel’s secrets, he starts to go crazy (Cadwallder 190). When King was four, he watched as a friend he was playing with was struck by a freight train and killed (Cadwallder 190). In “The Body,” a group of four friends find out about a dead body, and wish to find it so that they may become famous in doing so. In their quest to find the dead body, the group is walking along train tracks and two of them are almost struck by a train. King and hisfamily lived in many states after leaving King’s home state of Maine, but eventually returned years later. Most of King’s stories are set in a fictional town in Maine called Castle Rock (Truitt).The first story that Castle Rock appears in is “The Dead Zone,” in which after being injured in a car accident, schoolteacher Johnny Smith goes into a coma for almost five years, and after he wakes up he finds that he has brain damage that lets him have glimpses into the future (Cadwallder 190). These three amazing novels were inspired by King’s childhood, as were many more of King’s works.
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