Stephen King’s Terr(or)ific Tales
The reason authors almost always put a dedication on a book, Annie, is because their selfishness even horrifies themselves in the end. Misery (1987)
Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author, screenwriter, musician, columnist, actor, film producer and director.
Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure. Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption
Has it ever occurred to you…that parents are nothing but overgrown kids until their children drag them into adulthood? Usually kicking and screaming? Christine (1983)
I think that part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids…Because as soon as you have a kid, you know for sure that you’re going to die. When you have a kid, you see your own gravestone. Christine (1983)
Son, you’re probably too young to look for wisdom in anyone’s words but your own, but I’ll tell you this: love is the enemy… Yes. The poets continually and sometimes willfully mistake love. Love is the old slaughterer. Love is not blind. Love is a cannibal with extremely acute vision. Love is insectile; it is always hungry.When asked what love eats: Friendship. It eats friendship. Christine (1983)
“On a couple of occasions I’ve shocked myself. Pet Sematery was appalling when it first came out on to the page.” SK
Death is a mystery, and burial is a secret. Pet Sematary (1983)
It takes the average human seven minutes to go to sleep, but according to Hand’s Human Physiology, it takes the same average human fifteen to twenty minutes to wake up. It is as if sleep is a pool from which emerging is more difficult than entering. When the sleeper wakes, he or she comes up by degrees, from deep sleep to light sleep to what is sometimes called “waking sleep,” a state in which the sleeper can hear sounds and will even respond to questions without being aware of it later…except perhaps as fragments of dreams. Pet Sematary (1983)
It’s probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience. On the contrary, it seems that some exponential effect begins to obtain as deeper and deeper darkness falls – as little as one may like to support the idea that when the nightmare grows black enough, horror spawns horror, one coincidental evil begets other, often more deliberate evils, until finally blackness seems to cover everything. And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity. Pet Sematary (1983)
“There’s an audience out there, and the key is to kick it in the ass.” -Stephen King
The Rock Bottom Remainders were an American rock and roll band, consisting of published writers, most of them both amateur musicians and popular English-language book, magazine, and newspaper authors. The band took its self-mocking name from the publishing term remaindered book, a work of which the unsold remainder of the publisher’s stock of copies is sold at a reduced price. Their performances collectively raised $2 million for charity from their concerts.
The band’s members included Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Maya Angelou, Cynthia Heimel, Sam Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles, as well as professional musicians Josh Kelly on drums, and Erasmo Paulo on saxophone.
“We play music as well as Metallica writes novels.” -Dave Barry
“Rock Bottom Remainders? Who the hell are they?” -Kirk Hammett, Metallica