From an early age, long before creating the famous “Game of Thrones” saga, best-selling author George RR Martin was already scaring other children with stories… of werewolves.
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On many occasions in his famous literary saga Game of Thrones (adapted for series on HBO), the best-selling author George RR Martin has manhandled, struck, revolted and even sometimes traumatized his many fans. But long before shocking the entire world through the painful adventures of his Westeros heroes, the aspiring writer was already terrorizing the kids in his neighborhood with more stories.
Indeed, as he confided to the microphone of the chain WTTW Chicago, George RR Martin started his literary career as a child, writing very short horror stories that he sold to his friends to make some money:
“Most of my clients were the other children”, he recalls. “I grew up in the suburbs of Bayonne, New Jersey. I wrote little 3-page stories, by hand, on sheets of paper from my notebook. They were basically stories about monsters, we didn’t use the term “horror” back then. They were stories of werewolves and vampires, monsters. “
Many years before bringing the dragons and White Walkers of Game Of Thrones, Martin already seemed to have developed a strong taste for fantastic creatures, and even enjoyed checking out his writing skills directly with his young clientele:
“The kids I sold them to were the other kids in the suburbs, mostly younger than me. They weren’t as good readers as I was, so I read them the stories when they bought them. I read them to them. howls of werewolves, and all the rest. At first I would sell them to them for a dime, so I made myself 30 cents, I could buy myself more comic books and Milky Ways bars that were my favorite sweets. “
As he later reveals in the interview, his little affair unfortunately did not last very long, and the very young author was forced to abandon his project. The reason for this collapse: parental censorship linked to far too scary stories!
“For a while it went well. But one day one of the kids had nightmares about my werewolf stories. Her mom went to mine, and my mom told me. : “Stop scaring other children!” So I had to stop. “
Yes George RR Martin was therefore forced to wait a few years before pursuing his vocation, he was finally able to upset his audience to a whole new level from the end of the 90s with the release of his novel A Game of Thrones, the first part of the legendary saga.
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