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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).


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.

Edited at 2016-06-19 01:24 am (UTC)


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