I started reading Stephen King in junior high. Now that I'm older and have decided to read some of his older books again, I notice things I didn't before. Carrie, for example, strikes me now as an immensely sad story. Perhaps it's because I've read scarier or more disturbing books in the two decades since I first read it, but King's first novel doesn't give me the creeps the way some of his others do. It's not my favorite of his, but it's a solid first effort.