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First line :
News item from the Westover (Me.) weekly Enterprise, August 19, 1966: RAIN OF STONES REPORTED...

Notes :
Carrie White was born on September 21, just like Stephen King.

One of the teachers at Carrie's school is Edwin King and King's full name is Stephen Edwin King.

The stones fell on the White's house on 17 August 1966.

Prom Night toll was 440 dead and 18 missing.

John Swithen - It is interesting to note that John Swithen is also a pseudonym King published a short story under.

Main characters :
Carrietta White
Susan Snell
Tommy Ross
Chris Hargensen
Billy Nolan

Places :
Chamberlain, Maine

Quotes :
  • Jesus watches from the wall, but his face is cold as stone. And if he loves me - as she tells me - why do I feel so all alone?

  • Your pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you.

  • Boys. Yes, boys come next. After the blood the boys come. Like sniffing dogs, grinning and slobbering, trying to find out where that smell is. That...smell!

  • Carrie's mother: "I can see your dirtypillows. Everyone will. They'll be looking at your body."
    Carrie: "Those are my breasts, Momma. Every woman has them."

  • "Late at night I keep thinking: if I had only reached to that girl, if only, if only."

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    Carrie (1974) is Stephen King's first published novel. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising power to hurt and horrify". It is one of the most frequently banned books in U.S. schools[1] and the film version was banned in Finland. Much of the book is written in epistolary structure in the form of newspaper clippings, letters, excerpts from books, etc. Brian De Palma created a film version in 1976.

  • Publication date : April 5, 1974
  • Author : Stephen King
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Genre(s) : Horror
  • Publisher : Doubleday
  • Media type : Print (Hardback & Paperback)
  • Pages : 199 pp
  • ISBN : ISBN 0-385-08695-4
  • Followed by : 'Salem's Lot
  • Carrie takes place in Chamberlain, Maine in 1979...
  • Synopsis :
    The story of misfit high-school girl, Carrie White, who gradually discovers that she has
    telekinetic powers. Repressed by a domineering, ultra-religious mother and tormented by
    her peers at school, her efforts to fit in lead to a dramatic confrontation during the senior prom.
  • Plot summary : Click here to read (spoiler warning!)

  • The character "Carrie" was a composite of two girls Stephen knew during high school. The story is largely about how women find their own channels of power, and what men fear about women and women's sexuality. "Carrie White is a sadly mis-used teenager, an example of the sort of person whose spirit is so often broken for good in that pit of man- and woman-eaters that is your normal suburban high school. But she's also Woman, feeling her powers for the first time and, like Samson, pulling down the temple on everyone in sight at the end of the book."

    Why read Carrie?
    Stephen King himself has said that he finds his early work "raw," and Brian De Palma's movie was so successful that we feel like we have read the novel even if we never have. The simple answer is that this is a very scary story, one that works as well--if not better--on the page as on the screen.

    Carrie White, menaced by bullies at school and her religious nut of a mother at home, gradually discovers that she has telekinetic powers, powers that will eventually be turned on her tormentors.

    King has a way of getting under the skin of his readers by creating an utterly believable world that throbs with menace before finally exploding. He builds the tension in this early work by piecing together extracts from newspaper reports, journals, and scientific papers, as well as more traditional first- and third-person narrative in order to reveal what lurks beneath the surface of Chamberlain, Maine.

    Carrie was actually King's fourth novel but the first to be published. It was written while he was living in a trailer in Hermon, Maine, on a portable typewriter that belonged to his wife, Tabitha. It started as a short story originally intended for Cavalier magazine, but King tossed the first three pages of his work-in-progress in the garbage. Of King's published short stories at the time, he recalls "Some woman said, 'You write all those macho things, but you can't write about women.' I said, 'I'm not scared of women. I could write about them if I wanted to.' So I got an idea for a story about this incident in a girls' shower room, and the girl would be telekinetic. The other girls would pelt her with sanitary napkins when she got her period. The period would release the right hormones and she would rain down destruction on them... I did the shower scene, but I hated it and threw it away."
    His wife, Tabitha King, fished the pages out of the garbage and encouraged him to finish the story. He followed his wife's advice and expanded it into a novel. King says "I persisted because I was dry and had no better ideas... My considered opinion was that I had written the world's all-time loser."
    The character of Carietta (Carrie) White was based on a combination of two girls in King's past; one of them went to school with him, the other was a student of his. The young girl King went to school with lived down the street from him when he lived in Durham, Maine. King recalls, in an interview with Charles L. Grant for Twilight Zone Magazine (Apr 1981), "She was a very peculiar girl who came from a very peculiar family. Her mother wasn't a religious nut like the mother in Carrie; she was a game nut, a sweepstakes nut who subscribed to magazines for people who entered contests . . . The girl had one change of clothes for the entire school year, and all the other kids made fun of her. I have a very clear memory of the day she came to school with a new outfit she'd bought herself. She was a plain-looking country girl, but she'd changed the black skirt and white blouse--which was all anybody had every seen her in--for a bright-colored checkered blouse with puffed sleeves and a skirt that was fashionable at the time. And everybody made worse fun of her because nobody wanted to see her change the mold."
    King told biographer George Beahm that she later "married a man who was as odd as her, had kids and eventually killed herself."
    According to the audio commentary for the 1976 Brian DePalma film version of Carrie, Carrie is based on a composite of two girls who were bullied and abused at school, one of whom had a religious fanatic for a mother. King says he wondered what it would have been like to have been reared by such a mother. He based the story itself on a reversal of the Cinderella fairy tale.
    Carrie's telekinetic powers resulted from King's earlier reading about this topic. King also did a short stint as a high school English teacher at Hampden Academy, a job he eventually quit after receiving the payment for the paperback publishing sale of Carrie. It is presumed that he drew inspiration from his time as a teacher while he was writing the book.
    At the time of publication, King was working as a teacher at Hampden Academy and barely making ends meet ($6,400 annually). To cut down on expenses, King had the phone company remove the telephone from his house. As a result, when King received word that the book was chosen for publication, his phone was out of service. Doubleday editor, William Thompson (who would eventually become King's close friend), sent a telegram to King's house which read: "CARRIE OFFICIALLY A DOUBLEDAY BOOK. $2,500 ADVANCE AGAINST ROYALTIES. CONGRATS, KID - THE FUTURE LIES AHEAD, BILL." New American Library bought the paperback rights for $400,000, which according to King's contract with Doubleday, was split with them.
    King recalls, "Carrie was written after Rosemary's Baby but before The Exorcist, which really opened up the field. I didn't expect much of Carrie. I thought who'd want to read a book about a poor little girl with menstrual problems? I couldn't believe I was writing it."
    The book is dedicated to his wife, Tabitha: "This is for Tabby, who got me into it - and then bailed me out of it."
    Carrie was published April 5, 1974 with an initial print run of 30,000 copies for a cover price of $5.95 USD.
    The hardback sold a mere 13,000 copies, while the paperback, released a year later, sold over 1 million copies in its first year. Brian DePalma's film adaptation was released ten weeks after King's second book, Salem's Lot, was published.
    Prior to Carrie, King's novel Getting it On, later retitled Rage and released under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, had been rejected by Doubleday. He had also written The Long Walk and The Running Man, both later published under the Bachman pen name.
    In a talk at the University of Maine at Orono, King said of Carrie, "I'm not saying that Carrie is shit and I'm not repudiating it. She made me a star, but it was a young book by a young writer. In retrospect it reminds me of a cookie baked by a first-grader- tasty enough, but kind of lumpy and burned on the bottom."

  • ISBN 0-606-00823-3 (prebound, 1975)
  • ISBN 0-385-08695-4 (hardcover, 1990)
  • ISBN 1-56780-057-2 (paperback, 1992)
  • ISBN 0-8161-5688-3 (library binding, 1994, Large Type Edition)
  • ISBN 84-01-49966-6 (hardcover, 1999)
  • ISBN 0-671-03973-3 (paperback, 2000)
  • ISBN 0-606-20594-2 (prebound, 2001)
  • ISBN 0-609-81090-1 (paperback, 2001)
  • ISBN 0-671-03972-5 (paperback, 2002)
  • ISBN 84-01-49888-0 (hardcover)
  • ISBN 0-7434-7060-5 (mass market paperback)


    Doubleday 1974.

    "First Edition" on copyright page.
    Date code "P6" on page 199.

    30,000 first print.
    Dust Jacket price : $5.95


    New English Library 1974.

    222 pages.
    ISBN 0 450 1258 9.
    On Copyright Page: Nineteenth impression 1989
    Price: £2.99

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1974.
    Fiction: Horror


    This is for Tabby, who got me into it-
    and then bailed me out of it

    The lines on page 38 are from Just Like a Woman
    The lines on page 220 are from Tombstone Blues
    Both songs were written by Bob Dylan

    1. Blood Sports
    2. Prom Night
    3. Wreckage



    Carrie White was no ordinary girl.
    Carrie White had a gift - the gift of telekinesis.
    And when, one horrifying and endless night, she exercised that terrible gift on the town that mocked and loathed her, the result was stunning and macabre.

    The United Artists film CARRIE is produced by Paul Monash and directed by Brian de Palma with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen: Starring Sissy Spacek, John Travolta and Piper Laurie, with Sydney Lassick, Betty Buckley, Amy Irving.


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