Since I share a name with famous horror author Stephen King (although spelled differently), I have received my share of jokes about my name. For many years I avoided out of annoyance. However, Stephen King is a cultural force, or was at one time. He had a gigantic impact on the horror novel and on the fiction publishing industry. And he’s a fan of weird fiction, so I need to give him a chance.
In fairness, however, Stephen King has some brilliance to him, and that brilliance doesn’t rest in the horror (which is fairly hit or miss); his strength is in writing characters, common people put into horrific situations. It was actually Lost that got me interested in Stephen King because that show followed a typical King formula: take strongly realized characters and put them into an otherworldly situation and see what they do. As a writer, I can’t argue with that formula. It is compelling even when it fails to resolve.
I haven’t completed the King Reads King project. In fact, I’ve barely scratched the surface. But I am determined to finish, even if it takes years. Here is what has come so far. (Note: Some of these posts link to the original blog where I started the project. In order to streamline my life, I will be continuing the project on this site).
- Salem’s Lot
- The Shining
- Night Shift
- “Jerusalem’s Lot”
- “Graveyard Shift”
- “Night Surf”
- Short Story Round-Up 1 – “I Am the Doorway,” “The Mangler,” and “The Boogeyman”
- Short Story Round-Up 2 – “Gray Matter,” “Battleground,” and “Trucks”
- Short story Round-Up 3 – “Sometimes They Come Back,” “Strawberry Spring,” and “The Ledge”
- Short Story Round-Up 4 – “The Lawnmower Man,” “Quitters, Inc.,” “I Know What You Need,” and “Children of the Corn”
- Short Story Round-Up 5 – “The Last Rung on the Ladder,” “The Man Who Loved Flowers,” “One for the Road,” and “The Woman in the Room”
- The Stand
- The Long Walk
This is a list of work connected to or outright written by Stephen King but isn’t included in the main project for one reason or another.