I'm a 24 year old writer. I took an interest in fiction at a very young age. I started reading short novels when I was around 5 y/o--mostly Little House on the Prairie, Jules Verne, and R.L. Stine. I read my first Stephen King novel, Pet Semetary, when I was about 10. This totally redefined my perspective on fiction. I've been reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King with ravenous regularity ever since. Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, and Edgar Allan Poe are my greatest poetical influences.