I ran up on something the other night that made me think about how stupid some people can really be. Maybe paranoid would be a better word. Yup, let’s use paranoid here. We’ve all heard about conspiracy theories in our lives. Probably from someone we know closely or from some random guy sitting beside us in a hospital waiting room. Hell, we’ve all got that one family member that thinks the government places tracking strips in our cash to follow us around and listen in on our conversations. Oh, your family doesn’t have that odd ball?…my bad. I thought that was commonplace.
Anyways, back to point here. Awhile back I’m surfing the Internet just prowling around looking for obscure Stephen King interviews from decades gone by, when all the sudden I stumbled upon this website about Stephen King and all the wild conspiracies out there that involve him…I never knew such things existed about King. Sure, I’m naive, here I thought King was just a writer, actor, musician, philanthropist, etc., not the topic of someone’s wild and crazy ideas.
I was reading page after page of these people who seriously think this crazy shit about King. At some point I had to make sure that I wasn’t reading a spoof. Nope. It was the real deal, Hollyfield. These people have thought about this for a long time and thanks to the Internet, they have a soapbox. Or had, hell I don’t know…for all I know they can still be peddling their insane ideas with a room full of cats.
Here’s a list of some of the conspiracy theories (Not in order from my memory). I was stunned by some of the craziness I read. And usually I don’t get stunned or surprised that much on the Internet. But by God I did this time…
1. Mind control- WTF?? Mind control? Some out there think that King puts subliminal messages in his books using his words to motivate people to do some of the crazy things he writes about. Granted, they’re some mentally bent people out there that are suggestible, but to say King has some sort of mind control that maybe the CIA was looking into? That’s a little much…come to think of it, after my dog Lucky died when I was 14, I did have this eerie pull to go bury him in an old part of town where it was rumored that Indians had buried their dead…damn you Stephen King and your mind games!
2. The Dollar Baby Deals- Ever heard of this? Well, the Dollar Baby Deals are simply this: If you’re an aspiring film maker and want to adapt one of King’s works for the small/big screen, just send him a dollar for the rights and the finished film. However, some crazies out there have theorized that King does this only because he feels badly because he’s stolen so much material over the decades and that the Dollar Babies is his way of setting things right. I’ll say this: Writers are often inspired by other writers, okay? That’s just natural.
3. King Was Behind the Murder of John Lennon- This is nuts. I mean off the reservation. Supposedly, this crackpot some time after John Lennon was murdered was sending out 24 page leaflets telling everyone his crazy accounts about who really shot and killed John Lennon. Apparently, somewhere in the book this guy wrote, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon had gotten with Stephen King and arranged the murder of Lennon. The writer (who I’m not even going to name; you want the name look it up. Pretty easy to locate) also claimed that King had written about his part in the murder throughout his books (there’s those subliminal messages again). In later years when Stephen King was ran over and nearly killed in 1999, the same writer claimed it was some covert government group that was sent to kill King because he was about to expose not only his role in the murder, but those presidents that told him to do it…I don’t even know how to respond to this one.
4. Ghost Writer Team- There’s one conspiracy claim that he’s got a team of ghost writers who write his books. How else can one man write that much, right? Wrong. All I got to say is look at Agatha Christie; she wrote 66 novels and 14 collections in her career. Should I even mention Ray Bradbury’s lengthy work and career? So that “there’s no way one person can produce that much so he must have a team writing for him” is complete and utter bullshit. I mean come on…I file this one under JEALOUSY
There’s perhaps more conspiracy theories out there but these were just a few that kind of made me laugh and wonder where our world is. Don’t get me wrong, I like to question things because in questions we find the answers. But I think sometimes people go too far. If I’m Stephen King and read these “theories”, I don’t know if I’d laugh or be afraid.
The scary thing about all this is: These people think they’re right. They’ve spent time and energy thinking about it. Maybe King needs to write a book about this. Who am I kidding? He should pick someone off his “team of ghost writers” to do it for him because he’s probably busy with writing “mind control” passages in his books and talking with the president on who he should murder next…