9 Amazing Inspirations Behind Your Favourite Stephen King Books
How did cowboy boots inspire Pennywise?
In the last forty years, Stephen King has written over fifty novels, ten short story collections, multiple novellas and several works of non-fiction. When you get over how impressive his output is (if that's even possible), the question of inspiration is a particularly pertinent one. How do so many consistently adored, critically acclaimed stories come to life? King is responsible for some of the world's most famous horror novels: Carrie, The Shining, It and Misery are all textbook examples of incredible, terrifying stories. And while they all share similar ideas, they are wildly diverse (a fact furthered by King's hopping between genres), and each obviously has its own very specific source. Though many of King's stories take place in Maine the American state where King was born, grew up and currently lives there's no way that a single place alone could inspire so many diverse stories. In reality, it's the innumerable things that King has experienced in Maine that repeatedly fuels his prolific writing. Some of his most famous stories stem from the smallest of incidents, while others are a curious amalgamation of different sources.