""Plug it up, plug it up," yell Carrie’s classmates in the extraordinary opening to Stephen King's debut novel. Carietta White, bullied for years at school, the daughter of a domineering, ultra-religious mother and the owner of unsuspected telekinetic powers, has just got her first period at the age of 16 while in the showers at school, and thinks she is bleeding to death.
""Carrie looked down at herself. She shrieked. The sound was very loud in the humid locker room," writes King.
""The laughter, disgusted, contemptuous, horrified, seemed to rise and bloom into something jagged and ugly, and the girls were bombarding her with tampons and sanitary napkins, some from purses, some from the broken dispenser on the wall."
"That story, written by a 26-year-old teacher and laundry worker and published for the first time on 5 April 1974, would go on to transform King’s life…"