Carrie (Apr 1974)

Set in the then-future year of 1979, it revolves around the eponymous Carrietta N. "Carrie" White, a shy high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her — in the process, causing one of the worst local disasters in American history. King wrote Carrie in response to a friend's challenge to write from a female perspective.

Common King themes:

  • The power of religion over vulnerable people (Carrie's mother is deeply religious, which causes some developmental problems for Carrie.)

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