Monthly Archives: November 2012

Alcohol and writing

“Instead of going to the bar, where dark shadows sat sampling the tasty waters of oblivion…”
Stephen King, The Shining

As soon as I read this statement, I knew Stephen King must have suffered with alcoholism throughout his life. I quickly researched and found this:

“In 1999 the satirical newspaper The Onion published an article, allegedly by King, which stated that he could not remember writing The Tommyknockers or several other novels because “[a]fter your 50 or 60th one, it’s all kind of a blur.”[94] Although the article’s premise satirized his very prolific writing output, King’s alcohol and drug addictions were so serious during the 1980s that, as he acknowledged in On Writing in 2000, he indeed cannot remember writing The Tommyknockers and many others published during the decade.[21][16] Shortly after the novel’s publication King’s family and friends staged an intervention, dumping evidence of his addictions taken from the trash including beer cans, cigarette butts, grams of cocaine, Xanax, Valium, NyQuil, dextromethorphan (cough medicine) and marijuana, on the rug in front of him. As King related in his memoir he then sought help, quit all forms of drugs and alcohol in the late 1980s, and has remained sober since.[16] The first novel he wrote after quitting drugs and alcohol was Needful Things.[95]”

According to Wikipedia.

When King writes of the struggles his character, Jack, had with alcohol, I found them to be so detailed that only one who has battled with alcoholism themselves could write such words.

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