ABSTRACT

Stephen King wrote his early work on typewriters, switched to a word processor for his later work, and also wrote two later novels by hand. These mode changes are confused by his blurring of genre boundaries and his well-documented abuse of alcohol and cocaine, both of which have the potential to mask any effects of his changes in mode of composition. Once these complexities are addressed, however, multiple analyses show that King’s style was durable in the face of changes in mode of composition and even in the face of his abuse of alcohol and drugs and his recovery from that abuse.