Science fiction editors John Clute and Peter Nichols  offer a largely favorable appraisal of King, noting his "pungent prose, sharp ear for dialogue, disarmingly laid-back, frank style, along with his passionately fierce denunciation of human stupidity and cruelty especially to children [all of which rank] him among the more distinguished 'popular' writers.
Analyzing both the narrative structure of King's fiction and King's non-fiction ruminations on the art and craft of writing, Carroll writes that for King, "the horror story is always a contest between the normal and the abnormal such that the normal is reinstated and, therefore, affirmed. Joshi  devotes a chapter to King's work.
Joshi argues that King's best-known works his supernatural novels , are his worst, describing them as mostly bloated, illogical, maudlin and prone to deus ex machina endings. Despite these criticisms, Joshi argues that since Gerald's Game , King has been tempering the worst of his writing faults, producing books that are leaner, more believable and generally better written.
In , King won an O. In his short story collection A Century of Great Suspense Stories , editor Jeffery Deaver noted that King "singlehandedly made popular fiction grow up. While there were many good best-selling writers before him, King, more than anybody since John D. MacDonald, brought reality to genre novels.
And so it was. The rich characterization, the careful and caring social eye, the interplay of story line and character development announced that writers could take worn themes such as vampirism and make them fresh again.
Before King, many popular writers found their efforts to make their books serious blue-penciled by their editors. Well, it's stuff like that that has made King so popular, and helped free the popular name from the shackles of simple genre writing. He is a master of masters. Some in the literary community expressed disapproval of the award: Richard E.
The decision to give the National Book Foundation's annual award for "distinguished contribution" to Stephen King is extraordinary, another low in the shocking process of dumbing down our cultural life. I've described King in the past as a writer of penny dreadfuls , but perhaps even that is too kind. He shares nothing with Edgar Allan Poe.
What he is is an immensely inadequate writer on a sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, book-by-book basis. However, others came to King's defense; writer Orson Scott Card responded:. Let me assure you that King's work most definitely is literature, because it was written to be published and is read with admiration. What Snyder really means is that it is not the literature preferred by the academic-literary elite.
King tried his hand at directing with Maximum Overdrive , in which he also made a cameo appearance as a man using a malfunctioning ATM.
King produced and acted in a television series, Kingdom Hospital , which is based on the Danish miniseries Riget by Lars von Trier. In , King appeared in a cameo role as a thrift store owner in It Chapter Two. In April , King spoke out against HB , a bill pending in the Massachusetts state legislature that would restrict or ban the sale of violent video games to anyone under the age of King argued that such laws allow legislators to ignore the economic divide between the rich and poor and the easy availability of guns, which he believed were the actual causes of violence.
King, talking to high-school students, had said: "If you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got the Army, Iraq, I don't know, something like that. I live in a national guard town, and I support our troops, but I don't support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career—military or otherwise.
King added that during the Vietnam War, serving in the military was a great career for some. During the presidential election, King voiced his support for Democratic candidate Barack Obama. On April 30, , King published an article in The Daily Beast calling for rich Americans, including himself, to pay more taxes, citing it as "a practical necessity and moral imperative that those who have received much should be obligated to pay On January 25, , King published an essay titled "Guns" via Amazon.
King called for gun owners to support a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons, writing, "Autos and semi-autos are weapons of mass destruction When lunatics want to make war on the unarmed and unprepared, these are the weapons they use. King has criticized Donald Trump and Rep.
Steve King , deeming them racists. King endorsed Shenna Bellows in the U. Senate election for the seat held by Republican Susan Collins. The statement was later corrected by the Governor's office, but no apology was issued.
King said LePage was "full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green"  and demanded that LePage "man up and apologize". What I said was, Stephen King's not in Maine right now. That's what I said. The attention garnered by the LePage criticism led to efforts to encourage King to run for Governor of Maine in If he won't govern, he should resign.
King married Tabitha Spruce on January 2, The couple own and divide their time between three houses: one in Bangor, Maine , one in Lovell, Maine , and for the winter a waterfront mansion located off the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, Florida. The Kings have three children, a daughter and two sons, and four grandchildren.
Joseph Hillstrom King , who writes as Joe Hill, published a collection of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts , in In the early s, King developed a drinking problem which would plague him for more than a decade. As King related in his memoir, he then sought help, quit all drugs including alcohol in the late s, and has remained sober since. Driver Bryan Edwin Smith, distracted by an unrestrained dog moving in the back of his minivan, struck King, who landed in a depression in the ground about 14 feet four meters from the pavement of Route 5.
Shortly before the accident took place, a woman in a car, also northbound, passed King first and then the light-blue Dodge van. The van was looping from one side of the road to the other, and the woman told her passenger she hoped "that guy in the van doesn't hit him. King was conscious enough to give the deputy phone numbers to contact his family, but was in considerable pain.
His injuries—a collapsed right lung, multiple fractures of his right leg, scalp laceration and a broken hip—kept him at CMMC until July 9. His leg bones were so shattered that doctors initially considered amputating his leg, but stabilized the bones in the leg with an external fixator.
The van was later crushed at a junkyard, to King's disappointment, as he had fantasized about smashing it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people with the same name, see Stephen King disambiguation. American author.
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