Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Stephen King!

Dear Mr. King,

I just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday and many more.

Thank you for scaring me for over half my life. We’ve had some good times over the years and I really appreciate your writing, unique stories, and ability to pull me into what is happening to your characters.

It’s really hard for me to feel that spine tingling creepiness in the bottom of my soul, but you have managed to do it several times. Remember when I read Christine? I rooted for Arnie at first, and then he just became frightening. Well I guess it wasn’t really his fault. I know he was possessed. Oh and how ‘bout when I read IT? That was truly freaky. I will never forget the scene when Bev was in the bathroom and the blood kept coming up the sink or when she visited her childhood home and I realized that the old woman who supposedly lived there was really Pennywise. Oh my gosh and what about when I read Pet Semetery?! That was the book that really scared me. Me! Me who never gets scared! And, I was reading it in my dorm room on the third floor! Tons of people above me, tons of people below me, but I was scared and certain some undead creature was going to find its way into my room.

And remember how obsessed I became over The Stand? I totally love that book and I have to admit I had a huge crush on Nick Andros! I really wanted to re-write some scenes and put myself in as his love interest. Remember how you worded things to make me think one thing was going to happen when it was something else entirely? You are very clever like that. And then when the unedited version of The Stand came out, I felt like it was my birthday! I was so excited because I could get more of that world.

I apologize for all those times I got mad at you when you killed off someone I really liked. But I felt genuine sorrow for the characters that I lost and I went into mourning a little bit.  I was very attached to so many people that you introduced me to.  I knew I could pick up the book again and they would come to life once more though, so that helped a little.

I don’t want to embarrass you, but remember all the times I shook my head in awe when I read On Writing? I just couldn’t believe all the insightful advice and revelations that you shared without being pretentious about it. Thank you for being so real and for sharing your thoughts, your faults and your demons. Remember how you talked about writing with the door closed and writing with the door open? I totally got that! And even your technical writing advice was helpful!

Remember when you read Bag of Bones to me?  That was really fun.  I liked knowing that the story was read as the writer envisioned and it made me feel that you really care about me as your reader...because you took the time to read it to me!  Does that make sense?  Anyway, I think you did a really great job with the narration and I've been looking for more of your stories that you've recorded yourself.

Wow, I've read so many of your books!  It's like we're totally bff's, don't you think?  I thought about what kind of cake you'd like and I came up with a few choices that I feel would be more appropo than a typical buttercream.  Just let me know which one you like best and I'll start baking.

I really do wish you a very Happy Birthday and look forward to being entertained, mesmerized and scared by what you have going on in your imagination for many years to come.


Jen | Book Den said...

I loved this so much.

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

Seriously, if ever a writer was worthy of becoming immortal, it's Stephen King. I found myself nodding in agreement with so much of your post- I had a crush on Nick Andros too, although not so much in the mini-series. I promise if I ever go all Annie Wilkes on Stephen King that I'll invite you over and have him re-write a few key scenes in The Stand... I wouldn't mind being written as Peter's love interest (and future queen) in Eye of the Dragon... :) Love the cake with the knife in it!

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