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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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Jun. 18th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
Favourite novel
Hello, mr Martin!
What's your favourite novel(s) of Stepen King?
Jun. 18th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
RE: Favourite novel
For many years it was The Shining.

But I think 11/22/63 might finally have displaced it. Great book.

I like lots of them, however. Steve has kept a very high standard through his career.
Re: Favourite novel - stephen1985 - Jun. 18th, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Favourite novel - iroberts007 - Jun. 19th, 2016 12:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Favourite novel - northofboston - Jun. 19th, 2016 06:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Sarah Ste Panovsky
Jun. 18th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
epic :O
Rasmus B Wayne
Jun. 18th, 2016 02:40 pm (UTC)
I NEED a video!
My two favorite authors in a conversation together? I NEED a video of that.
Jun. 18th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to the video. Having read King's On Writing I can't imagine two writers with more different approaches to the craft. Love it.
Jun. 18th, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
I look forward to seeing the video!
I just finished his novelette Obits which I enjoyed. I hope to return to Bizarre of Bad Dreams when I am done doing my Hugo reading.

I am already thinking of next year's books to nominate for Hugo Award. Joe Hill's The Fireman really knocked my socks off and kept me up at night. The Fireman is going to make my short list.

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Jun. 18th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
What a Meeting!
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. King in 2013, when he came to Ramstein Air Base and talked to about 3 or 400 of us about writing. I drove home that night in the middle of nowhere Germany, in the fog...through forests and windy roads...and after listening to Steve's stories for a few hours, let's just say my imagination was running wild. Naked vampires running through the trees, clowns in the middle of the road...that sort of thing.

I still need to meet you, Ser Martin. Of course, seeing you and King in one place at the same time might be too much for me to handle. Can't wait for the video! My writer's universe might implode on itself.

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Jun. 18th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
Stephen King and GRRM
I had hoped one day this would happen.

Happy, happy, joy, joy!

I look forward to video.
Jun. 18th, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
A bit off topic, but have you been watching the new season of Orange is the New Black? They reference you.
Jun. 18th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Not yet, no. Though I do love the show.
(no subject) - rjcollins - Jun. 18th, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 19th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
What kind of discussion did you fine gentlemen have about rats?

My wife and I keep rats and they're wonderful pets. They're like tiny dogs or cats. They're extremely intelligent (more so than cats or dogs in my experience) and great companions. It's really surprising for people that have never been around a pet rat. Ours are litter trained and can do quite a few tricks. They're very easy to train.

Off topic but I also run a turtle sanctuary. I know you're a turtle man yourself so just thought I'd throw that in. The box turtle can't be put back into the wild once it's taken. Kids tend to pick them up and they're unfortunately very hard to care for in captivity. That's where my wife and I come in. I have about 30 box turtles, mainly the Eastern box turtle.

I guess I can get back on topic by quoting Stephen King's Dark Tower.

"See the turtle of enormous girth, on his back he holds the Earth"
Jun. 19th, 2016 12:33 am (UTC)
The King
I was turned on to Stephen King late mostly because so many of his novels were already presented to me in film format (and I don't like to read books after I've watched the movie or TV versions). It turns out that there is a reason that so much of his work has got the Hollywood treatment; his books are mostly fantastic. I loved his recent Shining sequel, "Doctor Sleep". It reads more like a superhero story than a horror story and I highly recommend it.

King, was on NPR a few months back and during the interview he regaled an interesting story about how he had been stopped at grocery store by an elderly women who recongnized him. She told him "I know who you are, you are that Stephen King writer". She then said "I don't fancy your type of writing, I like positive stories like that "Green Mile"". Stephen responded with "I wrote that as well", and she responded with "no, you didn't". True story (although I can't quite remember if she said the "Green Mile" or the "Shawshank Redemption")!

I've been told that King's novel "The Dead Zone" has some prophetic kind of parallels to the rise of Donald Trump and I'm reading that right now. I'm half way through and I like it. Scary times we're are living in.

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Jun. 19th, 2016 06:41 am (UTC)
Two of my top 5 writers hanging out. I'll definitely be checking back for video. :)
Sarthak Ghosh
Jun. 19th, 2016 07:20 am (UTC)
The King and George RR Martin
Well all I can say is that there are two legends on the stage.. Also I'd like to see WoW pretty soon:) Cheers!
Jun. 20th, 2016 03:10 am (UTC)
what do you think of Cormac Mcarthy? specifically blood meridian and the road. And what about Joe ambercombrie as an amazing new writer. I enjoyed the blade itself.

Jun. 20th, 2016 05:43 pm (UTC)
Both amazing writers.

Oddly enough, Joe Abercrombie is a friend (even though he lives in Bath, UK), while Cormac McCarthy is someone I've never met (even though he lives in Santa Fe).
Jun. 20th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Curti isso!
What a pitty here in Brazil we can't have such opportunity with these great guys togeter. Success for you, Mr. Martin.
Frank Probst
Jun. 20th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Hugo nom?
By any chance, did the two of you talk about King's Hugo nom for this year?
Jun. 20th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hugo nom?
No. Though "Obits" is a damned fine story. Already won an Edgar.
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