The answer to that is fairly simple—there was nothing else I was made to do. I was made to write stories and I love to write stories.
In the 40 years since his first novel, Carrie, he has published more than 50 books, all of them international best sellers.
Shortly after its release, Carrie was turned into a blood-drenched film by Brian De Palma. When Stanley Kubrick turned that novel into a film inthe Stephen King industry was born. There are now more than films and TV programmes based on his work, and he shows no signs of slowing down — not with his legions of fans, hungry for more.
But the respect of the literary establishment has always eluded King. Commercial triumph did not equal literary value.
Being a best seller was anathema. Tell that to 21st-Century authors like Chimamanda Adichie, Richard Flanagan and Donna Tartt, who have translated literary laurels into sales. View image of Alamy Credit: But really, he is polymorphous.
The curse of popularity King has always been clear about the inspiration he has drawn from respected literary forebears. His short story The Man in the Black Suit, an homage to Hawthorne about a man who meets the devil on a walk through the woods, won an O Henry award after being published in The New Yorker.
George Saunders, Karen Russell, Karen Joy Fowler, Michael Chabon, to name a few who blur genre boundaries, dabble in fantasy and adopt the conventions of horror and fantasy without losing respect.
But does any of this really mean we should take King seriously? He keeps millions of readers engaged at a crucial time in the world of books, as technology continues to transform reading in unpredictable ways. King has been one of the first to experiment with new technologies, coming up with online serial novels and the first downloadable e-book, Riding the Bullet.
At his best, King is a masterful storyteller. He is able to create worlds infused with a sense of right and wrong, good and evil.
He writes of familiar family crises, fears of the unknown and the yearning to belong. At a time when we are barraged with horrifying events — beheadings, Ebola, serial killers, plane crashes, police shootings, mass murders, cyberbullying — his visceral stories provide a catharsis, sometimes even a sense of order.
Some victims can be avenged in fiction, if not in life. King may simplify, but he does it without contempt for his characters or readers.
He may write too much, but his best work endures. He may be, at times, sophomoric, but he also can be superbly Gothic. I've described King in the past as a writer of penny dreadfuls, but perhaps even that is too kind.
He shares nothing with Edgar Allan Poe. What he is is an immensely inadequate writer on a sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, book-by-book basis.
View image of Getty Images Credit: Getty Images From the other side of the genre divide, I posed the question to the prolific horror writer Peter Straub.
A writer with such immediate access to the imagination of so many readers, a lot of them unsophisticated, could not presume to seriousness. Now, his readership is even larger and more inclusive and the similarities between King and Dickens, always visible to those who cared for King's work, have become all but unavoidable.
Both are novelists of vast popularity and enormous bibliographies, both are beloved writers with a pronounced taste for the morbid and grotesque, both display a deep interest in the underclass. Is it not foolish to estimate his melodramatic and sentimental stock-in-trade gravely? Today no-one disputes his worth.Advice to Writers: Stephen King on the Craft of Short Story Writing Bestselling author Stephen King discusses the art of writing short stories and short fiction in this video interview, and speaks about how many new writers forgo writing short stories to focus on writing a novel, sometimes before they are ready to navigate “the quagmire of.
Synopsis. Stephen King was born on September 21, , in Portland, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine and later worked as a teacher while establishing himself as a writer.
Jul 02, · Stephen King: The 'Craft' Of Writing Horror Stories While writer Stephen King was recovering from a near-fatal car accident, he finished a nonfiction book about the craft of writing. Stephen King Short Stories Online.
There are a few of King’s stories that are available to read for free online, if you want to take a test drive before you commit to purchasing a whole anthology. How to write a horror story: 6 terrific tips. This guide to how to write a horror story covers the basics. First, read a definition of horror and common elements of horror fiction.
(the frightening way the title character of Stephen King’s novel Carrie unleashes her powers due to bottling sustained psychological abuse is a good example.
Watch video · While in school, King published his first short story, which appeared in Startling Mystery Stories. After graduating with a degree in English in , he tried to find a position as a teacher but.