Author of the Week, Stephen King, October 20


Stephen King

(Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy)



“I’m one of those people who doesn’t really know what he thinks until he writes it down.”

“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

“The writer must have a good imagination to begin with, but the imagination has to be muscular, which means it must be exercised in a disciplined way, day in and day out, by writing, failing, succeeding, and revising.”

“The worst advice? ‘Don’t listen to the critics.’ I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they’re telling you something is broken that you can fix.”


Stephen King (born 1947) is a best-selling American author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies.  The Stand, The Shining, Carrie, and It.  His memoir, On Writing, has become an inspirational read for writers. King has published 50 novels, some under pen-name Richard Bachman. With over 200 short stories published, King has received Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.


Salem’s Lot    The movie: release Date: April 21st, 2023

Author Ben Mears returns to ‘Salem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood only to find his isolated hometown infested with vampires. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears convinces a small group of believers to combat the undead.

Read an interview at The Paris Review, 2006.


Stephen King on “Lisey’s Story,” writing process on “Lisey’s Story” is an Apple TV miniseries.




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[Apologies that I’ve not been posting these past few months. I’ve been working on my newest novel Draakensky, which is in it final stages of writing. This story is supernatural, magical realism, and murder. Very exciting and all absorbing. More updates to come on this.]



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5 responses to “Author of the Week, Stephen King, October 20

  1. What a fun post, Paula. Great quotes from a great writer. I especially liked his advice about listening to critics. He’s right that some of the things they bring up are easy to fix. I keep meaning to purchase his book “On Writing” and just haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the nudge.

    And I didn’t realize you have so many books of your own. I’m so glad I headed over to do a little shopping. 😀 I expect I’ll be back for more. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend.

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  2. There’s a reason why King is king. Good luck with Draakensky, Paula!

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