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The King and I

What a great time last night in Albuquerque, at the Kiva Auditorium.

Stephen King is on tour to promote his new novel, END OF WATCH, the third and concluding volumes in his 'Mercedes killer' trilogy, and the good folks at Bookworks were kind enough to ask me to sit down with him for an hour of conversation.



We talked about childhood, writing, reading, naked day, the nature of evil, and rats.



Went for an hour, but we could have gone for ten. Steve's an amazing guy, and a great writer.

(We hope to be able to offer a video soon. Watch this space).

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stargazer60
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:41 pm (UTC)
I would love a video.

Two great writers conversing? Doesn't get much better!
Adam Jahar
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
It`s very good to see you together. I`ve read approx. 20 books from you only in 12 months :) ( Twice the ASOIAF, so even more haha)

Thanks for everything you both did for your readers.
Michael Taylor
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:49 pm (UTC)
Two greats!
Two of the best, wish I could have been there!
vtbob88
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
This would have been a great experience to sit in on! Two of my favorite writers in such an intimate setting. I'll be keeping an eye out for a potential video.
grrm
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm... well, the Kiva seats 2300, so I'm not sure I'd describe it as "intimate." Maybe compared to Comicon, but...
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Ari Racing
Jun. 17th, 2016 07:55 pm (UTC)
The event of the year
I attended a couple of events where Stephen King was presenting a book or giving a speech so it's not like I'm desperate to attend other events. But last night's one was possible the one I wanted the most to attend and couldn't (I live in Argentina so it's not cheap or around the corner). I dreamt about situations of the event all night long! I woke up and wanted to read everything about it.

So yes...it's an awesome news that a video will be available soon. I really can't wait to watch it and I hope someday an event between you and Steve takes place again. Next time I'll take a flight immediately. :)
angelos_l
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
Two of my favorite writers in the same room!

Out of curiosity, has Stephen King read the Song of Ice and Fire Books?
missmatchedeyes
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for the video! Two of my favorite authors together.
And, wow, naked day??!!
writing_mombie
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:06 pm (UTC)
OMG,....
.... I LOVE this! My two favorite writers (I know, such diifferent styles, but that's the great thing about it :) ) sat together and talked. I really hope to find a video. :) Totally made my day. Good night (in Germany it is 10pm now and my 4 kids love to get up at like 5.30 am....)!
jcherry
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:10 pm (UTC)
Don't give each other ideas
The two of you are both experts on exacting pain on your readers (in a good way). Please don't share too many ideas. Also what is naked day?
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kzarraltair
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh wow I can't wait for the video! I love your talks George. Are you considering doing another talk with Gardner and Howard, not per se aSoIaF related, like you did at Capclave 2013?
Nicolas Bonilla
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:17 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to watch this!
If anything needed to be a 10-hour podcast series, this is it!
Katrina Vega
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well can't wait to see the video wish I had been there
saralambert04
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Naked Day
I'm so bummed I didn't catch a video feed of this, your meeting with Joe Hill was amazing. Naked Day had me laughing so hard when you asked him if you could ask SK about it- I'd have loved to see his reaction! Good stuff!
Marissa Valentine
Jun. 17th, 2016 08:57 pm (UTC)
Glorious gloriousness
I drove in from Dallas to share that evening with you lovely gentlemen. The discourse was beautifully balanced, the camaraderie on stage and in audience was palpably pleasant, and it was overall magic. Thanks to both of you for sharing your creativity with the planet, and for serving delight and inspiration to current readers and future writers, as others have done for you.
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violetnvmoar
Jun. 17th, 2016 09:08 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to see the video! You and Stephen King are my two favorite authors, and I think it's great that you were able to get together. Would you consider writing a non-fiction book in the similar vein of On Writing?
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cashcraig
Jun. 17th, 2016 09:19 pm (UTC)
Speaking of rats and kings, this makes me think of the natural "rat king" phenomenon, which I've had the displeasure of learning about recently. As good horror writers, I'm sure the both of you appreciate images like that.
João Madureira
Jun. 17th, 2016 09:30 pm (UTC)
Garderners VS Architects and title nitpicking
Hello Mr. Martin.

I've read and listened your writing analogy of gardeners VS architects.

Regarding this, on which side do you think Mr. King falls on?

Anyhow, best wishes on all of your future endeavours Mr. Martin, love all your works.

Thank you, truly, for everything.

P.S. I would have prefered for this post to be titled "A (Friendly) Clash of Kings" :)

Cedric Michael Anderson
Jun. 18th, 2016 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: Garderners VS Architects and title nitpicking
Uncle Stevie is most definitely a "gardener."

As is his son, Joe Hill.
Eduardo Rafael
Jun. 17th, 2016 10:28 pm (UTC)
This is my idea of heaven
ranea
Jun. 17th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
There are no words.
I can't believe I missed what will probably be the only opportunity to ever see the two of you TOGETHER talking about writing and life.

If anything like this--the opportunity to hear a talk from two of the greatest fiction writers in modern history-- ever gets scheduled again, even if it's in a lecture hall in Alaska, PLEASE let us know. Immediately.

Signed,
Your #1 Fan

PS--Do you realize how crazy the people would be if either of you made a cameo appearance on the tv/film adaptation of each other's sci-fi/fantasy magnum opus novel? Because there HAS to be time for a stopover on The Path of the Beam. You both wrote about a Crimson King, after all.
ranea
Jun. 17th, 2016 11:23 pm (UTC)
There are no words.
I can't believe I missed what will probably be the only opportunity to ever see the two of you TOGETHER talking about writing and life.

If anything like this--the opportunity to hear a talk from two of the greatest fiction writers in modern history-- ever gets scheduled again, even if it's in a lecture hall in Alaska, PLEASE let us know. Immediately.

Signed,
Your #1 Fan

PS--Do you realize how crazy the people would be if either of you made a cameo appearance on the tv/film adaptation of each other's sci-fi/fantasy magnum opus novel? Because there HAS to be time for a stopover on The Path of the Beam. You both wrote about a Crimson King, after all.
caravaggio2012
Jun. 18th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
Speed
I laughed so hard at your last question about writing speed that my drink came out my nose. Thanks George!
ConstanzaLeppe
Jun. 18th, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
My two favorite authors just hanging out..I wish I could've seen it :) looking forward to the video!!
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