From Wayne: Halloween is sneaking up on us so we want to record some appropriately themed episodes. It is impossible to discuss the modern horror genre without addressing Stephen King, so we’re going to dedicate an entire episode to him.
I’ve been a fan of King’s work since the early 80s. I read most of his earlier oeuvre at that time, then took a ten to fifteen year break for some reason or other. King did not take a break, so when I did come back there was a lot of catching up to do. While I am a fan, and still read his new work, I don’t like everything he has written. Still, his influence cannot be underestimated.
We want to talk about this influence and how he fits into the history of the genre and the literary canon. I would like to look at his influences, Horror Comics specifically, and how they shape our view of horror and monsters. I’m interested in how many people who are interested in the genre dismiss him simply because of his immense popularity.
Hannah noticed that there have been three King theatrical adaptations this year alone: It, Pet Semetary, and the upcoming Doctor Sleep (a sequel to The Shining). There is also a Netflix movie based on In the Tall Grass, a short story he coauthored with his son Joe Hill (who I am also a fan of and will no doubt talk about before the show is over).
So, what do you think of Stephen King? As a writer? As an influence? Who are some of your other favorite Horror authors and how they stack up?