Stephen King's Wife Is The Unsung Hero Behind His Career

September 10, 2016

A tremendous amount of writers would have resigned themselves to irrelevance if not for strange strokes of fortune. If you haven't heard about Dr. Seuss -- it's crazy!

Stephen King owes his wife Tabitha, big time.

King originally tossed his manuscript for Carrie while living in a trailer with his wife, claiming it was a "loser." His wife, upon finding it in the garbage and reading it, convinced him to finish it and send it in. It's the novel that made him famous.

Watch the clip from his biography below:

In a writing conference, referencing his wife picking the manuscript out of the trash, and it being a huge success, Stephen said "and she never lets me forget it!"

Here's an additional fun fact about how King was inspired to write Carrie, from his autobiography/memoir, On Writing:

"One day, Harry [the other janitor] and I were supposed to scrub the rust-stains off the walls in the girls' shower. I looked around the locker room with the interest of a Muslim youth who for some reason finds himself deep within the women's quarters. It was the same as the boys locker room, and yet completely different. There were no urinals, of course, and there we two extra metal boxes on the tile walls--unmarked, and the wrong size for paper towels. I asked what was in them. 'P**sy-plugs,' Harry said. 'For them certain days of the month.'

I started seeing the opening scene of a story: girls showering in a locker room where there were no U-rings, pink plastic curtins, or privacy. And this one girl starts to have her period. Only she doesn't know what it is, and the other girls--grossed out, horrified, amused--start pelting her with sanitary napkins... The girl begins to scream. All that blood! She thinks she's dying, that the other girls are making fun of her even while she's bleeding to death... she reacts... fights back... but how?

I'd read an article in LIFE magazine some years before, suggesting that at least some reported poltergeist activity might actually be telekinetic phenomena--telekinesis being the ability to move objects just by thinking about them. There was some evidence to suggest that young people might have such powers, the article said, especially girls in early adolescence, right around the time of their first-- POW. Two unrelated ideas, adolescent cruelty and telekinesis, came together, and I had an idea."

Brilliant.

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