Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and have been adapted into a number of feature films, television movies and comic books.
King has published 50 novels, including seven under the pen-name of Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has written nearly two hundred short stories, most of which have been collected in nine collections of short fiction. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine.

As a child, King apparently witnessed one of his friends being struck and killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving home to play with the boy, King returned, speechless and seemingly in shock. Only later did the family learn of the friend’s death. Some commentators have suggested that this event may have psychologically inspired some of King’s darker works, but King makes no mention of it in his memoir On Writing.

Stephen King, American author best known for h...

Stephen King, American author best known for his enormously popular horror novels. King was the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Taken at the 2007 New York Comicon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Danse Macabre (book)

Danse Macabre (book) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

horror69King’s primary inspiration for writing horror fiction was related in detail in his 1981 non-fiction Danse Macabre, in a chapter titled “An Annoying Autobiographical Pause”. King makes a comparison of his uncle successfully dowsing for water using the bough of an apple branch with the sudden realization of what he wanted to do for a living. While browsing through an attic with his elder brother, King uncovered a paperback version of an H. P. Lovecraft collection of short stories entitled The Lurker in the Shadows that had belonged to his father. The cover art—an illustration of a yellow-green Demon hiding within the recesses of a Hellish cavern beneath a tombstone—was, he writes, the moment in his life which “that interior dowsing rod responded to.” King told Barnes & Noble Studios during a 2009 interview, “I knew that I’d found home when I read that book.”

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Fear terror eye (Photo credit: @Doug88888)


  • Have you ever wondered how someone like Edgar Allan Poe wrote as he did long before the genre of horror even existed? By studying and life and times of this great American writer, considered by many to have been the first “terrorist of the imagination,” one can come to understand his extremes as a writer. Better yet, listen to what Poe himself had to say about the psychology of fear, first published in his Marginalia for June of 1849, four months before his tragic death: “The grim legion of sepulchral terrors cannot be regarded as altogether fanciful, but like. . . Demons. . . they must sleep, or they will devour us—they must be suffered to slumber, or we perish.” 1
  • Exactly what does Poe mean by this remark? “Sepulchral,” a reference to a mortuary or funeral, overflows with the terrors of the unknown as they relate to death and dying; “Demons” are obviously the foundation of this funerary terror, entities which must “sleep” and “slumber” in the darkness of death or else “devour us” with their terrors. In essence, Poe is metaphorically stating that if these “Demons” are unleashed, man will become submerged in the oldest emotion known to him, namely, a sense of unbounded fear.”


Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia)

Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Edgar Allan Poe Museum (Richmond, Virginia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever the object of fear, you may become distressed or uncomfortable when you confront that object.

If you are afraid of flying, for example, you may become jittery or anxious when you board an airplane.

You may self-medicate, perhaps by indulging in a pre -flight drink, but you are able to manage your symptoms and get on with your life. You may prefer to travel by car or train, but will fly when it is necessary or practical.

  • On the other hand if you have a diagnosable phobia of a specific object or situation, your response will be more extreme. The fear of hights makes you sweat, shake, cry or have other serious physiological responses. You will likely be miserable if you do not get professional help.


Fear has many uses.

  • It can be used as a warning to keep you from entering into a situation that might hurt you.
  • It can be used to motivate you away from something, such as a harmful relationship or a dangerous situation.
  •  It can also be used by others to control you.

How do people use fear to control others?

“Control is to restrict oneself or any activity. Control is something that every human being should have on himself or herself. Control over one’s anger, control over one’s desires and ambitions, goes a long way in making one stable and successful in life. One, who has control over his desires, will never resort to any wrong ways of realizing his or her goals. A person who exercises self-control never indulges in any vices, but is a person who upholds many virtues. A person, who has control over his anger, will never bear enmity against anyone. He will have a multitude of friends, who will be his pillar of support or alter ego, through thick and thin. Buddha had rightly said, “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”


 When you say or do anything to please, get, keep, influence, or control anyone or anything, fear is the cause and pain is the result. 

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Imagination is a tool to be used, but how many people misuse it to torment themselves?

Imagination and emotionality are closely linked and what we imagine can feel very real to us (even when it isn’t at all).

As the author Katherine Paterson once said: “To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.”


If you find yourself becoming overly anxious,  calm down and start to regain control.

  • Don’t hang around negative people or people who are being negative at the time. You don’t need to absorb their fear any more than you need to absorb the fear from the news on TV.

As you begin to emerge from the state of fear and can once again think rationally and creatively, look at how you can create unity in your life instead of the polarity caused by fear.

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.Martha Washington

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.Marcus Aurelius


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