His father, Donald Edwin King, was a merchant seaman.
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First, he mentions or provides hints about something that can produce either reader curiosity, or a problem, or a worry somewhere down the line.
Second, he mentions this worrisome thing or idea a number of times after he first introduces it, and before the payoff. Third, King brings suspense to a peak during the payoff, the section of the story where the horror is most intense.
Put more simply, he wants the reader to feel that something bad is going to happen to some character the reader cares about. Much of the worry is created by the thoughts of our imprisoned hero: The setup of the story in Misery is a device that creates a pattern of continued suspense.
The physical confinement of the hero and the fact that he is partly paralyzed is, in itself, enough to create worry. Add to this the fact that his caretaker is a sadist and you have the setup of a situation that is highly fraught with danger. Anyone in or reading about such a situation would feel apprehension about what might happen next.
The payoff and highpoint of the suspense occurs at the end of the novel when Paul finally attacks and burns Annie from his sickbed, managing to kill her at last through herculean effort. In The Stand similar apprehension is created after the virus claims its first victims.
The first part of the novel centers on the effects of the virus, and during this introductory section King lets us know how bad things might become, it is partly through internal monologue. For example, Stu Redman thinks: It was highly contagious. During these two sections, the virus itself functions as a callback, reminding readers that more destruction might occur at any moment.
And the third part of the story provides the payoff as readers witness two political factions in a final apocalyptic confrontation. From mainstream fiction to memoir, suspense creates the emotional tension that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.
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Cleland teaches you how to navigate genre conventions, write for your audience, and build gripping tension to craft an irresistible page-turner.
In this book, Cleland will show you how to: Throughout the novel we wait in anticipation for the heroine to use her telekinetic powers to exact vengeance on a town for the humiliation and ostracism she has endured.
Her nostrils flared like those of a horse that has heard the dry rattle of a snake. The reader expects there to be some reaction, but the rage that erupts during the payoff section, leaving many dead in town, is certainly the kind of overreaction that no one could predict.
By now it should be clear why King did not describe how to create suspense in On Writing: The method varies from book to book.
For example, the main character has to be sympathetic, the bullies have to be real, the mother has to be motivated to be mean, and the reaction of rage has to be deftly drawn and hammered home during the payoff.Michael Koryta (pronounced ko-ree-ta) is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, most recently THE PROPHET.
His last three novels, THE RIDGE, THE CYPRESS HOUSE, and SO COLD THE RIVER were all New York Times notable books and nominated for .
A list of Stephen King's written works, organized alphabetically. In , Stephen King found himself confined to a hospital room "after a careless driver in a minivan smashed the shit out of me on a country road." There, "roaring with pain from top to bottom, high on painkillers," and surely more than a little bored, he popped a movie into the room's VCR.
But it. Monsters are more than just things that bite. Let’s begin with a few basic assumptions about monsters, with examples from the classic Stephen King novella “The Mist.”.
A comprehensive list of all of Stephen King's works, organized alphabetically. 11/22/63 is a novel by Stephen King about a time traveler who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, (the novel's titular date).It is the 60th book published by Stephen King, his 49th novel and the 42nd under his own name.
The novel was announced on King's official site on March 2,