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Daphne W., Bad Ax, Michagen

What do you make of all the King movies recently? And do you think there’s too many?

I think new filmmakers, who are my age now and are in control of Hollywood, are going back to King’s source material in either grabbing new work that people have never read b/c they’re not Constant Readers, or they are remaking films, like the blockbuster, IT. The Stephen King library has a ton of earth for Hollywood to still til for years to come. I love the recent round of TV shows (Mr. Mercedes, The Mist) and recent movies (The Dark Tower, Gerald’s Game, 1922 and IT). As far as too much king? Is there such a thing?

Dave R., Red Devil, Alaska

What is the scariest Stephen King novel you’ve ever read?

This is easy for me— Pet Sematary. That book was full of dread and gloom and death. Lets not forget the death that’s all throughout the book. But I think the scariest parts of the book were of when Louis was walking through the forest. Those parts of the book gave me chills. I also think it’s scary because if you have a family, and something terrible happens to that family, what would you do if there was a way to bring them back? Would you bury them in a place where they could come back, but not really all the way back? PS isn’t only scary as hell but it also evokes a very morbid question between the covers—how far would you go to bring your loved ones back from the dead?


Gwen W., New York City, NY

Hi. I’m a 13 year old kid and wants to read Stephen King. Where should I start?

This is always a great question for me to answer. And my reply is always the same—start with Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, Night Shift (Collection of shorts) The Body, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, The Talisman and Cycle of the Werewolf. Don’t try reading stuff like The Shining, Desperation, Rose Madder, Insomina or even IT. Those are books where you’re going to need to be a little older to fully understand. I read The Shining at 12. I liked it and then when I went back and read it at 32, and being a father, I fully understood the characters. Sometimes, King’s work is best when read when you have aged a little and have experiences under your belt. But if you think you’re ready to take on Gerald’s Game or Under the Dome, go for it. And then read them in 20 years later to see how much more you really get it.


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