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    Carrie published 47 years ago today:

    April 5th 1973 saw the release of Stephen Kings first novel. I was only 10 at the time but Kings writing has impacted my life in a great many ways. Here is to many more books!

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    I was still reading The Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton books in 1973. I didn't discover SK until 1979.

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      #3
      I honestly am not able to recall when I first read King or what the title was. I know I would have either picked it up at the library or an old paperback from a used bookstore, most likely in the early eighties. I do remember that I started buying 1st edition hardbound copies as they were released in 1990 with Four Past Midnight, by then I had read a lot of his work. At this point I have only two I have still never read. The Wind Through the Keyhole and Black House.

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        #4
        I remember it well. I was 14 and home from school with the flu. My mom was going to the library, and I asked her to pick up some books for me. She came home with 'Salem's Lot and The Stand.

        I'd never heard of this Stephen King guy, but I read those books in two days. I can't remember which one I read first, but I'd guess 'Salem's Lot, just because it's the shorter of the two.
        Last edited by Dave1442397; 04-08-2020, 12:45 PM.

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          I can't remember the first Stephen King book I read either. I do know that the first book of his that I bought new when it first came out was Cycle of the Werewolf. I bought the hardcover because I was/am a huge Bernie Wrightson fan. I guess that would have been 1983? The next King book that I bought new was It. After that I bought each of his novels as they were released.

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            #6
            I guess the typo on that press release was a promise of things to come. They meant $400,000, not $4,000,000.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Dave1442397 View Post
              I guess the typo on that press release was a promise of things to come. They meant $400,000, not $4,000,000.
              I must confess that I wasn't sure if they meant $4000.00 or $400,000.

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                #8
                My first and favorite Stephen King book is Salem's Lot. I read it when it first came out in paperback, back in those days I didn't have money for hardbacks and first editions. I have fond memories of Carrie, though I'm not a big fan of the back. I found a first edition of Carrie about 20 years ago. A short time later, I found myself in a bit of a financial twist and was able to sell it. Just as Carrie bailed Stephen King out, it bailed me out too. I made enough money to make a mortgage payment and take my wife out on a rare dinner date, that didn't feature buns and french fries LOL!! Better start saving men, those 50th anniversary editions are coming out soon HAHAH!!
                Last edited by mhatchett; 04-08-2020, 01:14 PM.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Dave1442397 View Post
                  I guess the typo on that press release was a promise of things to come. They meant $400,000, not $4,000,000.
                  I know King has told the story about when he learned of the paperback sale of Carrie and he uses the $400,000 amount. That is a cool article though.

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                      Originally posted by Martin View Post
                      I know King has told the story about when he learned of the paperback sale of Carrie and he uses the $400,000 amount. That is a cool article though.
                      Yep, $400K... split between him and Doubleday, I believe. And if I recall correctly, he wanted to get Tabitha a surprise for when he told her the news... so he went to the corner pharmacy and bought her a new hairdryer.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Brian James Freeman View Post
                        Yep, $400K... split between him and Doubleday, I believe. And if I recall correctly, he wanted to get Tabitha a surprise for when he told her the news... so he went to the corner pharmacy and bought her a new hairdryer.

                        Brian
                        That's the story I remember!

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                          #13
                          Weird thing is that I love SK but Carrie and Dead Zone are not books I like.

                          I think my first book was either The Gunslinger or COTW. I don't remember which.
                          Looking for the fonting of youth.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
                            Weird thing is that I love SK but Carrie and Dead Zone are not books I like.

                            I think my first book was either The Gunslinger or COTW. I don't remember which.
                            I like Carrie, but The Dead Zone has always been one of my favorites. I have to go back and read The Dark Tower series again one day.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Ben Staad View Post
                              Weird thing is that I love SK but Carrie and Dead Zone are not books I like.

                              I think my first book was either The Gunslinger or COTW. I don't remember which.
                              It took me looking at my Stephen King books to realize what COTW was. I had completely forgotten about Cycle of the Werewolf. The only novel (of any authors) that I could think of with that acronym was Call of the Wild. And now I can't help but to imagine what a Stephen King version of Call of the Wild might be like...

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