Stephen King and I go way back. We go back almost thirty years. God, I can’t believe it’s been this long. The first time I was in grade eight(yes, you read that correctly) I discovered a copy of The Shining in the school library. The cover was green because the original cover had been ripped off by many students signing out the copy so they had to rebind the book. It was also a good sign it was going to be a great read.
I read the book through French class where the teacher was a Father Roy. He was a priest who if you got him on the wrong side, he could be one of the most intimidating guys I’d ever meet. He wouldn’t kick you out of the class, but he’d give you a look that said, “Start saying your Rosary”. I thought I was going to say ten Hail Mary’s when I showed him that copy of The Shining. Instead, he made me do a report on the book. To this day, I can’t tell you a thing about the verb Etre but man, I can tell you everything about Danny Torrance.
To this day, I’ve read about thirty-five books from Mr. King. Misery followed The Shining and after that Pet Semetary prevented me from passing Math during summer school. Are ya starting to see a pattern here?
The man has been a big part of my life. When I got into screenwriting, the man published his fantastic book “On Writing” which to this day, doesn’t stray too far from the laptop whenever I start a new project.
Stephen King is a great guy and an amazing writer who will go down in history as one of the most influential writers. He gives back to the community, just ask a grade eight class in New Brunswick. Most importantly, he gives back to us.
He has a work ethic that is unparalleled by anyone. The way he cranks out story after story is not the work of someone who “phones” it in, but of a writer that loves to tell stories. He encompasses what every writer wishes to be,” A storyteller” that’s his job and he does it well.
He’s also a baseball fan. Not just a baseball fan, but a Boston Red Sox fan. Don’t believe me? Check out “Faithful” it’s a beautiful read about a die hard Sox fan and the 2004 Boston team.
This July 1, my family and I are doing the trek to Boston to see the Cubs/Red Sox game. It’s going to be incredible sitting in the sacred stands of Fenway. Of course, I’m there to cheer on our beloved Northsiders but also I’m there to enjoy this incredible game with my family.
An idea occurred to me this week as I was reading King’s latest, “Mr. Mercedes”. I would love to take Stephen to a ballgame. It might be a little late to take him to this game, but it would be really cool to go to a ballgame with Stephen King. I don’t want to talk about writing or drill him with questions or even hitting him up for wanting to adapt a novel because that’s my dream gig but two guys going to a game. America’s National Game. Passing The Time. A thank you for helping me with the passion and love of the craft. The loser has to wear the other team’s cap holding a sign saying, “I love Cubs/Red Sox Nation”
Thank you Stephen, your Constant Reader.