Saturday, 14 May 2011

Celebrity caricature - Stephen King

I was literally doing back flips when I saw the subject matter of this weeks Caricaturama showdown 3000 on facebook: Mr Stephen King. I am a massive Stephen King fan, I have pretty much everything he's ever written and loads of books about him and his craft, I'm sure that if he published his weekly shopping list I'd run out and buy it . I'm not quite in the Annie Wilkes (Misery) area but I don't think I'm far off.

When I was about 10 or 11 years old I came across a library book that my Dad was reading, it was just sitting on the side, no dust jacket just a dark blue, scruffy looking hardback book with the words Stephen King and 'Salems Lot' on the spine in gold lettering. I picked the book up,it was not mine and nothing to do with me I was already on dodgy ground. It was big and heavy, I opened it ... page 102, The Marsten House, Danny Glick and others and read ...

I was terrified and thrilled, wanting to throw it away and read the entire thing all at the same time, I had no idea such things existed, Christ we were doing 'Janet and John rub noses' or something similar at school ... that was it, I was an immediate fan and as soon as I was able to talk my Mum into letting me join the adult library I became an avid reader and still am to this day. If you've never read his work, go out to your libary or local book shop and pick up a copy of Salems Lot or The Shining and read ... but keep the lights on, you don't want the shadows or the darkness creeping up on you ... because they do, was that a noise outside the window?

Stephen King sketch

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