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From dust jacket flap: A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him From dust jacket flap: A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him to keep writing at a breakneck pace after a thirty year career? In this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak reveals the troubled background and lifelong fears that inspire one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.


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From dust jacket flap: A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him From dust jacket flap: A fascinating look at the life of the author who created such modern classics as Carrie, IT, and The Shining. One of the most prolific and popular authors in the world, Stephen King has become part of pop culture history. But who is the man behind those tales of horror, grief, and the supernatural? Where do these ideas come from? And what drives him to keep writing at a breakneck pace after a thirty year career? In this unauthorized biography, Lisa Rogak reveals the troubled background and lifelong fears that inspire one of the twentieth century's most influential authors.

30 review for Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King

  1. 4 out of 5

    Trudi

    Booooo!!!! Hisssss!!!!! and shame on Lisa Rogak! Through countless interviews, personal essays, and a best-selling memoir, Stephen King has been quite transparent over the years about his personal life and his vices, his fears and his passions, his writing and that of others. I cannot imagine what a third-person biography would have to offer that we haven't already heard from the man himself. In short, nothing, that's what. This effort by Lisa Rogak smacks of a cheap sensationalist ploy to cash Booooo!!!! Hisssss!!!!! and shame on Lisa Rogak! Through countless interviews, personal essays, and a best-selling memoir, Stephen King has been quite transparent over the years about his personal life and his vices, his fears and his passions, his writing and that of others. I cannot imagine what a third-person biography would have to offer that we haven't already heard from the man himself. In short, nothing, that's what. This effort by Lisa Rogak smacks of a cheap sensationalist ploy to cash in on King's gargantuan fame. But maybe I'm being too cynical. For King novices and general interest readers, a general biography isn't the worst thing, is it? Having said that, Rogak's superficial treatment of her subject (drawing exclusively upon previously published material) offers no insight and fails to present anything original about the man, the times in which he lives, and the storytelling that has captivated millions of readers from all around the world. Don't waste your time with this classless piece of shite; read King's memoir On Writing -- it is much more rewarding, informative, and inspiring.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    While I didn't find this book particularly original or informative, I did enjoy reading things I already knew about King and a few tidbits that were new to me. An unexceptional biography but entertaining nonetheless, and this would be great for someone who may not know much about King's background or attitude. While I didn't find this book particularly original or informative, I did enjoy reading things I already knew about King and a few tidbits that were new to me. An unexceptional biography but entertaining nonetheless, and this would be great for someone who may not know much about King's background or attitude.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pam Baddeley

    A quite interesting summary of King's early life and career up to 2008, although it is a little confusing at times, not making it clear which date is meant, as the narrative tends to dart around. For example, at one point, the book talks as if King's novel 'IT' was already published, and then, some pages later on, deals with that as an event a few years afterwards. One thing that became obvious from the list of quotes and their sources at the back is that a lot of it is gleaned from previous biog A quite interesting summary of King's early life and career up to 2008, although it is a little confusing at times, not making it clear which date is meant, as the narrative tends to dart around. For example, at one point, the book talks as if King's novel 'IT' was already published, and then, some pages later on, deals with that as an event a few years afterwards. One thing that became obvious from the list of quotes and their sources at the back is that a lot of it is gleaned from previous biographies, interviews, introductions by King to his books and other secondary sources. In the opening section, the author describes going to chat with his assistant for half an hour and being aware of King in the corridor outside, never entering the room. She was told that she could talk to his friends and they could tell her things if they wanted, but it was not an authorised biography. So there certainly aren't any big revelations though it is clear that one or two people still felt sore about the way they felt King had treated them, especially one person who felt a story of his had been entirely ripped off (they had shared an apartment at one point and he had also been writing and had discussed a story of his). It was also interesting that he had professional relationships with certain people, such as his agent, and then dropped them with no reason given in the book. There are probably better biographies available, but as an introduction for the general reader as opposed to dedicated fan who has already read a lot of other books about King, it is certainly adequate. So a 3 star rating for me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Philk81

    I agree with reviewer Mike Martin; the prose strictly pedestrian here but she certainly used lots of sources and notes so ultimately a very informative bio. Steve chugging Nyquil and doing coke is not a pretty image of his early years, despite him writing prolifically and well. Steve definitely comes off as down to earth; the only drama in the book occurred in the recounting of his serious 1999 accident. I know more about Steve now so thanks! The time line at the end is helpful as the author doe I agree with reviewer Mike Martin; the prose strictly pedestrian here but she certainly used lots of sources and notes so ultimately a very informative bio. Steve chugging Nyquil and doing coke is not a pretty image of his early years, despite him writing prolifically and well. Steve definitely comes off as down to earth; the only drama in the book occurred in the recounting of his serious 1999 accident. I know more about Steve now so thanks! The time line at the end is helpful as the author does jump around a bit at times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    With Google, and a bit of cut and paste (plus a few months free to research) I could have written this. A chronological re-hash of King's life and writing, there was hardly an original thought or notion on display. I bought this because of a good review in The Sunday Times. Did they even read it? This should have been straight to paperback and then bought in Just Books for 99p - no doubt that's where I'll see it next. With Google, and a bit of cut and paste (plus a few months free to research) I could have written this. A chronological re-hash of King's life and writing, there was hardly an original thought or notion on display. I bought this because of a good review in The Sunday Times. Did they even read it? This should have been straight to paperback and then bought in Just Books for 99p - no doubt that's where I'll see it next.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Spencer

    I enjoyed reading about a sucessful author and what it took for him to apply himself in his writing. He may be a strange man, but underneath his phobias he has very basic, true values, such as monogamy, supporting his family as a teacher even though he really wanted to be paid for writing, thrift, hard work and perseverence, dedication to his craft, always bettering himself through continual learning, humility, ect. Of course he had some really bad habits, too, like drug and alcohol abuse.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Boudewijn

    Nice book, with some additional information, but his own book ("On Writing") is better. Nice book, with some additional information, but his own book ("On Writing") is better.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I love this book that talks about Stephen King's life and his work as an adult. I usually don't read autobiographies but I love his books so I thought I'd try it out. Glad I did. I love this book that talks about Stephen King's life and his work as an adult. I usually don't read autobiographies but I love his books so I thought I'd try it out. Glad I did.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott Woods

    There have probably been as many biographies about Stephen King on the market as there are Stephen King books on the market, which is to say about twenty too many. Most of these exercises come off as attempts to cash-in on the author's name with an overly-engrossed fan base, and for those of you who've tried your hand at one of these, this one won't bowl you over either. Serial biographer Lisa Rogak has done the legwork that any dedicated fan has done, and conversely turns in an effort that any f There have probably been as many biographies about Stephen King on the market as there are Stephen King books on the market, which is to say about twenty too many. Most of these exercises come off as attempts to cash-in on the author's name with an overly-engrossed fan base, and for those of you who've tried your hand at one of these, this one won't bowl you over either. Serial biographer Lisa Rogak has done the legwork that any dedicated fan has done, and conversely turns in an effort that any fan could have written. No one should be overly offended by this; it's a great first book for, say, a new fan. And, not to put too fine a point on it, Rogak is a professional biographer. She isn't dedicated to her subjects - and there have been many - she merely stomps through whatever can be had about them handily, then turns in her homework. You can see this shark attack approach in this book with lazy, repeated refrains from chapter to chapter and in the occasional gaff in her timelines. When she relates her investigative process in the introduction (p. 6) this becomes glaringly obvious. She is a hack, but she is a moderately good hack. Longtime fans of King will find nothing new here, as much of the meat has been culled from previously released interviews, books and assorted sources. There are some new tidbits from recent interviews of his peers and friends, but it all still comes off a little facile to people who have been following him for more than a few books. King's oeuvre expands with such frequency that a person could release a new biography of the man every couple of years to keep up. At the same time, one could find the best biography out there and just tack new endings on in subsequent years to keep it new and improved and we'd have as much as we do here. Until the man writes his own life story - and I think the first half of "On Writing " is about as close as he's apt to get - we will simply never get any new information, which makes this book just another edition in the King biographical serialization exercise. If you know nothing about King and you like whatever you may have read or seen from him, this book will be compelling to you, and it reads quick enough (the last fifty pages out of 310 are notes, index and bibliography...again, the author is a strong, well-rehearsed investigator). If you've been following him for some time you probably already know this stuff.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Du

    This was a basic Steven King biography. Nothing in depth or overly shocking. It has some interesting information about his charitable activities but slides to the paparazzi side of life. I found it odd that a book published in 2008, with numerous notes about King's love of the Red Sox failed to mention his book about the 2004 season. Anyhow, this book is not one of those you can't miss, but it also isn't' one you'll knock yourself for reading. This was a basic Steven King biography. Nothing in depth or overly shocking. It has some interesting information about his charitable activities but slides to the paparazzi side of life. I found it odd that a book published in 2008, with numerous notes about King's love of the Red Sox failed to mention his book about the 2004 season. Anyhow, this book is not one of those you can't miss, but it also isn't' one you'll knock yourself for reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book was kind of interesting, but about halfway through I started realising that the author didn't actually talk to Stephen or Tabitha King, just recycled bits of other interviews & things that had already been cited elsewhere, so what's the point? Why write a book about someone you don't even speak to, or even thank in the thank yous? This book was kind of interesting, but about halfway through I started realising that the author didn't actually talk to Stephen or Tabitha King, just recycled bits of other interviews & things that had already been cited elsewhere, so what's the point? Why write a book about someone you don't even speak to, or even thank in the thank yous?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Puffer T

    This book was enlightning. I actually read some interesting facts about one of my fave authors. He was a big coke head and like to drink cheap beer! The writer of this book seemed to skip around though, would leap off to different times instead of keeping the book consistent with King's work. Maybe she was sippin her 40 oz while writing? Other than that...now I want to read more Tabitha King! This book was enlightning. I actually read some interesting facts about one of my fave authors. He was a big coke head and like to drink cheap beer! The writer of this book seemed to skip around though, would leap off to different times instead of keeping the book consistent with King's work. Maybe she was sippin her 40 oz while writing? Other than that...now I want to read more Tabitha King!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of his life and respect for his privacy. He is an amazing writer who's mind is writing non-stop. He wants his fans to read his books, not worry about a "broken spine". Great for any Stephen King fan. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of his life and respect for his privacy. He is an amazing writer who's mind is writing non-stop. He wants his fans to read his books, not worry about a "broken spine". Great for any Stephen King fan.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Ribbe

    to writing about biography,storytelling about Mr. King and his family left behind the ancester of parents are divorce. His life must move on to rest of his writing many fiction stories. someone whose didn't know his life of his family's life, but orginally fans loves Stephen King's books. and i also started this book of 'haunting heart' if it good, i will put four and a half stars. to writing about biography,storytelling about Mr. King and his family left behind the ancester of parents are divorce. His life must move on to rest of his writing many fiction stories. someone whose didn't know his life of his family's life, but orginally fans loves Stephen King's books. and i also started this book of 'haunting heart' if it good, i will put four and a half stars.

  15. 5 out of 5

    NoOnesNME

    Seems like those who didn't like this book already knew about Stephen King. Since this is the first book I read about him, I thought it was great. Quite an interesting guy! But he wouldn't be my first choice to tell me a bed time story! Seems like those who didn't like this book already knew about Stephen King. Since this is the first book I read about him, I thought it was great. Quite an interesting guy! But he wouldn't be my first choice to tell me a bed time story!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    OK book. Everything in this book, I have read somewhere else before. It is obvious that this author can use Google and the cut/paste tool on her computer. SK's own non-fiction "On Writing," is a much better read. OK book. Everything in this book, I have read somewhere else before. It is obvious that this author can use Google and the cut/paste tool on her computer. SK's own non-fiction "On Writing," is a much better read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Congratulations, pretty much everything in this biography was published elsewhere first. Sometimes many elsewheres. Not very informative, unless one perhaps has no idea of who Stephen King may be.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Roberts

    The book I read to research this post is Haunted Heart The Life And Times Of Stephen King by Lisa Rogak which is a very good book which I bought at a car boot sale. This book is only around 240 pages and is quite inciteful into King's life. It was published in 2010 & I have to admit he is my favorite author. Apparently he has lots of hang ups and is very sensitive to things which is a lot of what he writes about in his horror books. He will never stop writing on a 13th page or a multiple of 13 f The book I read to research this post is Haunted Heart The Life And Times Of Stephen King by Lisa Rogak which is a very good book which I bought at a car boot sale. This book is only around 240 pages and is quite inciteful into King's life. It was published in 2010 & I have to admit he is my favorite author. Apparently he has lots of hang ups and is very sensitive to things which is a lot of what he writes about in his horror books. He will never stop writing on a 13th page or a multiple of 13 for example as he has a fear of the number 13 as he also does of things like flying and psychotherapy. He does live in Bangor, Maine where a lot of his novels are set and according to one of his friend's is fiercely competitive. At one stage he was writing 5 books a year and many of his books are very long although he has cut back to spend time with his family. He has had his fair share of heart break from finding his grandmother's dead body as a child to one of his children being born with serious medical problems. He became obsessive about losing his child. Also his mother before she had Stephen was told she would never have children and his parents adopted a child and it was a shock when she became pregnant with him. As a child he read comics which gave him nightmares and resulted in his mum trying to stop him reading them so he had to do so in secret. He did do a degree in English Literature and later got a job as a teacher and like a lot of students he did use drink and drugs for a while. At one stage he felt he needed coke and drink in order to write. He also whilst at university was very much opposed to the Vietnam War. None of his books has been out of print which is rare for a best selling author. The book Carrie was made into a film and in the book she destroyed the gas stations that then destroyed the town but this was left out of the film due to the budget constraints. I did really enjoy this book and am eager to read On Writing his autobiography and this book does stress a very human side to King.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘So who is Stephen King, really?’ In her introduction to this unauthorised biography, Lisa Rogak recounts an anecdote about her trip to Bangor, Maine and a discussion she had with Stephen King’s assistant, Marsha DeFillipo about the aim of book she was planning to write. ‘For most of that half-hour conversation, the man himself hovered just outside the doorway, listening in on our conversation but never once stepping inside.’ This anecdote could be a summary for the book itself: Stephen King’s pres ‘So who is Stephen King, really?’ In her introduction to this unauthorised biography, Lisa Rogak recounts an anecdote about her trip to Bangor, Maine and a discussion she had with Stephen King’s assistant, Marsha DeFillipo about the aim of book she was planning to write. ‘For most of that half-hour conversation, the man himself hovered just outside the doorway, listening in on our conversation but never once stepping inside.’ This anecdote could be a summary for the book itself: Stephen King’s presence within it is indirect and reflected, rather than direct and central. There’s plenty of data here, mostly drawn from secondary sources but little insight or analysis. That doesn’t mean that the data isn’t useful (although based on events detailed in the book, the timeline is incomplete) simply that a third person biography of Stephen King has little new to add to what is already publicly available. However, for those discovering Stephen King for the first time, this book contains a lot of useful information including a bibliography. I found the notes section frustrating: there is no reference within the text to the notes; the notes themselves contain page references back to the text. So, if you read the text without exploring the notes you would not have a clear picture of how (and from where) the information was gleaned. For those who have been avidly following Stephen King’s career since ‘Carrie’ was first published in 1974, it is unlikely that this book contains anything new. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I love Stephen King, so when I saw this book at my library I knew I had to read it... someday. I still think On Writing is probably the best biography/autobiography of Stephen King out there, but this was pretty good, more readable than some of the other nonfiction books about King I've read (e.g. Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King). I liked how this gave instances where King got ideas for some of his novels and the circumstances occurring in his life that led to his novels. I was most i I love Stephen King, so when I saw this book at my library I knew I had to read it... someday. I still think On Writing is probably the best biography/autobiography of Stephen King out there, but this was pretty good, more readable than some of the other nonfiction books about King I've read (e.g. Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King). I liked how this gave instances where King got ideas for some of his novels and the circumstances occurring in his life that led to his novels. I was most interested in circumstances surrounding his addiction, but it wasn't a major part of the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joe Noir

    This Edgar award nominated book has a great cover, the rest of the book is okay. It's very readable, and should hold your interest, but it's a "hit the high and low points" type of biography. There is quite a bit of info, known to even the casual King fan, that is left out. It's repetitious, could have used one more proofread, and I found it a little depressing. The author writes that King has lost readers since he turned away from horror. I was an early (rabid?) King fan (if you have not read S This Edgar award nominated book has a great cover, the rest of the book is okay. It's very readable, and should hold your interest, but it's a "hit the high and low points" type of biography. There is quite a bit of info, known to even the casual King fan, that is left out. It's repetitious, could have used one more proofread, and I found it a little depressing. The author writes that King has lost readers since he turned away from horror. I was an early (rabid?) King fan (if you have not read SALEM'S LOT buy it and read it instead of this book), but I must admit he lost me along the way. The book is surprisingly short, and I wish better photos had been selected for the photo section. The author does a very good job dealing with some sensitive areas of King's life, and giving the reader an idea of some of the wonderful things King has been able to do for people in need.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This is a very compelling and fascinating, albeit unauthorized, biography of the horror great, Stephen King. As a King fan, I found it to be immensely readable; although I knew quite a bit about Mr. King already, I was pleased to find more than a few surprises about his life and lifestyle. Almost all of his books and stories are covered here in varying levels of detail, including details omitted from the final published version and the story's origins in the first place. The author also covers K This is a very compelling and fascinating, albeit unauthorized, biography of the horror great, Stephen King. As a King fan, I found it to be immensely readable; although I knew quite a bit about Mr. King already, I was pleased to find more than a few surprises about his life and lifestyle. Almost all of his books and stories are covered here in varying levels of detail, including details omitted from the final published version and the story's origins in the first place. The author also covers King's dealings with the paparazzi, overzealous fans, his near-death accident, and how he came to be involved with his band, the "Rock-Bottom Remainders".

  23. 5 out of 5

    Khairul Hezry

    This biography of King is actually very interesting and coming from a so-so fan that's saying something. However, it is hardly original. Just about every quote came from a previously published interview. I for one enjoyed it because other than King's own sort-of-memoirs, Danse Macabre and On Writing, I have not read anything else about his past and what makes him tick. But to those who have, then this book is one big scam. This biography of King is actually very interesting and coming from a so-so fan that's saying something. However, it is hardly original. Just about every quote came from a previously published interview. I for one enjoyed it because other than King's own sort-of-memoirs, Danse Macabre and On Writing, I have not read anything else about his past and what makes him tick. But to those who have, then this book is one big scam.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    As stated in past reviews...This book is just restated from past interviews. The best book on Stephen King is On Writing by the author himself. I did enjoy remembering all of his books and how I still get the heebie jeebies when I think of Carrie or Pennywise.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    From a hardscrabble life to a multi-millionaire...you will find out things in this book that you didn't know about Stephen King. Although I haven't read many of his books, this biography was thoroughly enjoying. From a hardscrabble life to a multi-millionaire...you will find out things in this book that you didn't know about Stephen King. Although I haven't read many of his books, this biography was thoroughly enjoying.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    The best bio of Stephen King I've read, but I'd have liked a little more in the way of literary commentary on his work. Still nothing to complain about and a good model for biographies generally. Nicely organized and referenced. The best bio of Stephen King I've read, but I'd have liked a little more in the way of literary commentary on his work. Still nothing to complain about and a good model for biographies generally. Nicely organized and referenced.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    Not to inspire would-be writers. He's an anomaly. He is to writers what Shirley Temple is to small children and the Dionne Quints are to birth. Unlikely, unnatural, fascinating. But it's a great read about that strange occurrence; his life and success. Not to inspire would-be writers. He's an anomaly. He is to writers what Shirley Temple is to small children and the Dionne Quints are to birth. Unlikely, unnatural, fascinating. But it's a great read about that strange occurrence; his life and success.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Not a bad biography. Although Rogak doesn't really add anything I didn't already know about King, it was an easy read and focused on King's childhood and addictions in particular. I also enjoyed reading about his family, particularly his long marriage with his less-famous writer wife, Tabitha. Not a bad biography. Although Rogak doesn't really add anything I didn't already know about King, it was an easy read and focused on King's childhood and addictions in particular. I also enjoyed reading about his family, particularly his long marriage with his less-famous writer wife, Tabitha.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Interesting biography - had not heard about accusations of plagiarism and enjoyed the information on the lives of his adult children, but it was a bit spotty on certain points (his alcohol and drug addictions which, apparently, lasted decades).

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark Gagnon

    A good read (ha ha!) I've read a lot of Stephen King over the years and a book about a favourite author is always a hit! So far I've enjoyed it. The author Lisa Rogak presents her subject in a sympathetic manner -- Stephen King is not just a horror writer... More to follow! A good read (ha ha!) I've read a lot of Stephen King over the years and a book about a favourite author is always a hit! So far I've enjoyed it. The author Lisa Rogak presents her subject in a sympathetic manner -- Stephen King is not just a horror writer... More to follow!

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