Stephen King didn’t tell his kids bedtime stories; he made them tell him stories.
When Joseph Heller was asked why he hadn’t ever written anything as good as Catch-22 since, his reply was that neither has anyone else.
A writer was upset with an online review of his book, so he traveled to Scotland, hunted down the reviewer, went to the store she worked at, and hit her in the back of the head with a wine bottle.
Frankenstein author Mary Shelley kept her dead husband’s heart and carried it with her for almost 30 years until she died in 1851. It was found in a desk drawer a year later, wrapped in a copy of one of his final poems.
A Pan-Am flight crashed in the Syrian desert, killing fourteen passengers. Two crew survived – one of the two was the co-pilot, named Gene Roddenberry. He was so disturbed by the crash that he quit to become a writer, and shortly after he created Star Trek.
While attending Oxford, J.R.R. Tolkien once stole a city bus and took his friends on a joy ride.
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, was so talkative that on a two hour car ride the rest of his family remained silent to see if Rod would notice their lack of participation. He did not, talking nonstop through the entire car ride.
South African scientists have discovered that 400-year-old tobacco pipes excavated from the garden of William Shakespeare contained cannabis, suggesting the playwright might have written some of his famous works while high.
Stephen King threw away his original drafts of “Carrie” because he couldn’t write from a woman’s perspective. His wife retrieved them and launched his career.