Stephen King interviewed by Neil Gaiman

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  1. Rider says:

    Can someone fix it so that the podcast stops autoplaying.  Thank You.

  2. Jonathan Badger says:

    Yes, it’s true that King has written more than just horror, but there’s a reason he got pegged as such — for a while in the mid 1980s (not a great time in his life, I understand) he was writing the same “small town gets infested with monsters” novel over and over again.

    • somnambulist says:

       I’m not sure that’s what he was saying.  I take it as, he’s a writer – he writes the stories that he wants to tell (and is lucky/skilled enough to get paid well for it).  He didn’t stop and say “I’m a horror writer, so I’m only going to tell these stories.”  Classification and genre are things non-creatives place upon creatives.  i.e: you’re a horror writer, you’re a comic book guy, etc.  Creatives are better served starting from a more pure place.  What story do I want to tell?  How do I want to tell it?  What do I want to make?  Genre definitions and the boxes one gets marketed under is best left for the people that sell your stuff and those who write internet comments.

      I don’t think anyone with a well adjusted sense of self even minds the labels put on them until the people that sell or buy their stuff tell them they can’t do something.  I.e: “No you can’t put out this folk album because you’re a heavy metal musician.” Or, “you can’t write a dramatic contemporary novel cause you’re a comic book guy.”

      • toyg says:

        I think what Jonathan Badger is trying to say is that the label, although not explicitly endorsed or requested by King, was a direct result of the sort of stories he chose to write and publish at a certain period of time. Whether he liked it, wanted it or even knew it at all, at times he was a bit of a formulaic horror writer, which is a fair critique. It’s easy to speculate this was because of fear and pressure about maintaining a certain level of income, as he’s said several times and here again, bowing to commercial pressure and ruining his health in the process.

        Nobody said or implied he couldn’t or shouldn’t write anything else — in fact, my literature teacher in high school wished he’d put his incredible talent “to better use” (i.e. in different genres) more often, which he eventually did. 

    • Guest says:

      “for a while in the mid 1980s (not a great time in his life, I understand) he was writing the same “small town gets infested with monsters” novel over and over again.”

      Okay, here’s the thing. That’s what YOU heard about.

      What I read is that that does not == what he was doing / what he does / all he did

  3. Jim Saul says:

    It’s great to hear that he seems, to Gaiman at least, to be healthy, recovered from the year of hell after getting run down by the van.

  4. B E Pratt says:

    That old woman story is laff-out-loud funny :) I’m pretty sure that King writes mostly because he is compelled to. You’d probably have to kill him to make him stop. And that might not necessarily do  the trick……

  5. Matt Toler says:

    Interesting to read that he’s considering doing a full-story pass over the entirety of the Dark Tower series, possibly taking out the parts where he’d written himself into the story. On the one hand, I always hated King himself being in those books. On the other, later-life revisions sometimes don’t go so well.

  6. ingracewetrust says:

    People should read the Talisman. Awesome stuff. Then go back and watch Fringe :)

  7. toyg says:

    Can anyone suggest the best King stories from the last 20 years? I kinda “left him” after “Dolores Clairborne” for various (unrelated) reasons.

    • Slab64 says:

       I’d recommend Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Desperation/The Regulators (they are companions to each other), Black House (especially if you’ve already read the Talisman – if not, do yourself a favor), Everything’s Eventual and maybe Cell if you aren’t burned out on fairly stock-standard zombie fiction.

      • Capital_7 says:

         Except in The Cell, he just gives up and doesn’t even attempt a resolution.  That was cheating, Uncle Stevie.

  8. Ben Weaver says:

    I’m thinking King probably has the Asimov view on this now.
    When Asimov was asked by Barbara Walters what he would do if he only had six months to live,his answer was ” type faster “.
    But unlike Isaac,King will never have books in 9 out of the 10 classifications in the Dewey decimal system.
    Then again,nobody ever will.

  9. Bad Juju says:

    If you’re a King fan & not quite a Sons of Anarchy watcher, check out the episode in season 3 in which he appeared briefly as a cleaner named Bachman. Nailed it.

  10. Daemonworks says:

    Could never get into King’s writing style. I invariably lose interest within a capter or two. Never could quite wrap my head around his popularity, but he’s obviously doing something right for many people who aren’t me.

  11. eraserhead666 says:

    The guy can tell a story, ya gotta give him that. Rarely pick him up anymore, but when I do (gift, e.g.), I can’t put him down until the last page.

    I had to stop buying his books after “Pet Sematary”. As a new parent, that was a tough read. Still, read straight to the (gruesome – doubt that’s a spoiler!) end.

  12. My favourite King novel is the Eyes of the Dragon.  I’ve read plenty of his stuff, especially a lot of his earlier stuff, but Eyes of the Dragon – for me – was great.

  13. JohnOCFII says:

    The Stand – unabridged version.  I’ve read it four times.  I am a real fan of Stephan King’s ability to “set the scene.”  

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