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Celebrate Stephen King's 71st birthday with Horror
By James Whittington, Friday 14th September 2018

He's sold well over 350 million of books, has just as many fans across the globe and celebrates his 71st birthday on September 21st, Stephen King is without doubt the most famous genre author in the world today.

From his first novel, Carrie in 1974, King has scared, inspired, and entertained countless people. His descriptive and raw prose has given us some of the most chilling and memorable characters including Pennywise, Johnny Smith and a dog named Cujo.

On the night of his birthday, Horror is celebrating in style with the first episode of the acclaimed series Under The Dome and a quartet of big screen versions of some of his finest books.

Here's all you need to know:

Under the Dome (8pm) was first released in book form in 2009 and transferred to the small screen in 2013. This masterclass in sci-fi and melodrama concerns the residents of Chester's Mill who find themselves trapped under a transparent dome with no way out, they struggle to survive as resources dwindle and panic escalates. A story of paranoia and oppression the series took the themes from the book and gave them an even wider horizon. Addictive TV at it most chilling.

John Carpenter brought King's killer car Christine (9pm) to the cinema audiences in 1983 and gave us all one of the strongest interpretations of a King novel to date. A 1958 Plymouth Fury is possessed by an evil entity, who manipulates its new owner, Arnie into doing dark and twisted things. With a rock n' roll soundtrack and fully rounded performances, Christine is a prime example of how to bring a novel to life. This is followed at 11.10pm by a movie with real bite, Cujo. A friendly St. Bernard contracts rabies and turns into a canine killing-machine begins a reign of blood-thirsty terror over the residents of Castle Rock. Originally released the same year as Christine and based on the book from 1981, this was one of the last and best "nature gone wild" movies and made the once much-loved family pet into a feared beast!

Stephen King's Thinner (1am) was released in 1996 and is a psychological tale of an obese lawyer Billy Halleck who accidentally kills a woman and suffers a terrible curse at the hands of her father. This fifth book released under King's pen name Richard Bachman was published in 1984 takes his style of horror into a moralistic arena and is a perfect story for Tom Holland to direct. The night ends with a remake of one of the most famous movies based on a King story, Children of the Corn (2.50am) from 2009. Starring David Anders and Kandyse McClure we follow a couple who arrive in a town, only to find that the kiddies all worship a God which lives in the local cornfields. Based on a short story which appeared in the anthology collection Night Shift in 1978 the original film series produced 8 sequels, not bad for a short!


Related show tags: CARRIE, CHILDREN OF THE CORN, CHRISTINE, CUJO, STEPHEN KING'S THINNER, UNDER THE DOME
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