At the time, he mainly attempted suspense thriller and science fiction novels, a few of them which would see print years later under the pen name Richard Bachman. Including one called Blaze about a mentally challenged small time criminal abducting and raising a baby as his own. He then decided to write a novel based around his discarded short story. This paid off when he got the telegram saying that Carrie had been sold to Doubleday for the paltry sum of $6,400 for the hardcover edition.
Doubleday then sold the paperback rights to The New American Library for $400,000, and a publishing contract that entitled him to half of the profits. This was a landmark moment in his career that allowed him to quit his teaching job and write full time without any financial assistance, and moved his family from his single wide trailer to a mansion he still has to this very day. Many have speculated what would have happened to his career had his wife not fished the opening shower scene of Carrie out of the garbage.
Stephen King went from a struggling author who barely made ends meet to slowly becoming a household name. One who would become synonymous with horror and best selling fiction. Many film adaptations would be based on his work. There are film adaptations which have only garnered mixed reactions, while others are downright embarrassing. However, Carrie stands out as one of the best film adaptations of any horror novel, Stephen King or not. Much less one of the best horror films, period.
Without Stephen King’s novel, the film would have never been made. So the fans, along with cast and crew alike, owe Stephen King a debt of gratitude for even making this possible. In his mind, it was the impossible, but he still managed to write the novel with his wife’s encouragement. The novel that inspired a film that launched many careers, based on the novel that even launched his own career. There is no way of determining how much of a long range impact Carrie had in this regard, but we all can gauge a small bit of it.