Stephen King: Carrie


by Stephen King

Published: 1974

Stephen King's debut novel "Carrie" was published in 1974, and it is a classic of the horror novel genre.

I had never read it until the time of this post, but it's obvious now having read many of his later novels that it was the beginning of something big. Indeed, "Carrie" has been the subject of three feature films to date including the original in 1976 with Sissy Spacek in the lead role.

The original cover billed it as 'a novel of a girl with a frightening power.' That power turns out to be telekinesis which was probably even more terrifying in 1974 when the subject was still relatively controversial. In fact, the release of the novel came exactly 10 years before the United States National Academy of Sciences formed a scientific panel to evaluate the best available evidence of psychokinesis at the request of the US Army Research Institute. Another panel was commissioned in 1988 by the United States National Research Council, and not surprisingly, both studies concluded that were was no scientific evidence to support these paranormal phenomena.

But that doesn't make the moves - or this original novel - any less terrifying.

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