Stephen King Wrote IT on Cocaine And Doesn’t Even Remember It + 6 More Famous Writers Who Created Their Masterpieces On Drugs

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It just historically happened that when we hear that some actor or any other person from the creative world is addicted to drugs, we are not surprised. But when it comes to writers, such things are a little bit more unexpected.

Nexter.org invites you to look at some famous authors who wrote their books under the influence of drugs.

Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland

People in the Victorian times liked to use some opium and Lewis Carroll was not an exception. Opium was popular, legal and, moreover, doctors even prescribed it as antidepressants. So, Carroll treated himself with laudanum and a lot of people think that Alice in Wonderland actually describes a drug trip.

Source: Brooklyn Magazine

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens also lived in the Victorian times and was addicted to drugs. His acquaintances described his weird behavior, his strange visions and, well, have you seen A Christmas Carol?

Source: Dread Central

Jean-Paul Sartre

Annie Cohen-Solal, who wrote a biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, told the world about all the things he used on the daily basis. And they are: 200 milligrams of amphetamine, 15 grams of aspirin, a pack of barbiturate, a couple of tobacco pipes, 1/4 bottle of hard liquor, around 20 cordran, and 2 packs of cigarettes on top of that. Quite a meal!

Source: Critical-Theory

Writers in the years of the NEP

In post-revolution Russia cocaine was like a pack of cigarettes, completely legal and, in fact, it was easier to get than a bottle of vodka. That is the reason why many people think that Vladimir Mayakovsky had a strong addiction to it. There are no sources that can confirm that, but who really knows?

Source: Jolygram

Ken Kesey and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Ken Kesey took part in the research about the influence of LSD on the human body back in 1959, when he was working as a psychiatrist assistant in a hospital. Some of these things are described in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. After that he created the “Merry Pranksters“ community, which popularized LSD.

Source: Letterboxd

Stephen King and IT

Stephen King is from those people who prefer to be honest with others, so he honestly says that a lot of his books, for example, The Stand, It, Pet Sematary, and The Dark Tower, were written on cocaine. Fun fact: he doesn’t even remember writing them.

Source: TN

Children’s BBC scriptwriters

This one might come as a huge surprise, but it turns out that drug usage among the creative team of Children’s BBC was not only an acceptable thing, moreover, it was advised! The reason for this was the boost of creative juices in writers. Actually, when you think about Teletubbies, it doesn’t seem that surprising.

Source: FamilyJr

We want you to know, though, that it doesn’t make drug addiction a good thing, also, it doesn’t mean that these writers are good only because of the drugs. So, don’t do drugs, kids.


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