• Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

The Price Of His Good Story Is Sticky Horror

Sooo, Stephen King was high as a kite* when he wrote the horror that helped shape our culture. Reputedly he made a fortune off of the dirty deed of thoroughly polluting readers' minds with fantasy blood, gratuitous guts, extra gore, and fear. He wrote evil for the sake of evil with no redeeming qualities. The catch is that once you read him you cannot forget his sticky horror.

Stephen King has been a terrific, prolific storyteller.** The tragedy is that Stephen King is such an excellent storyteller that he grabbed a big chunk of American culture and turned it into horror. He and his ilk created long-lasting associations between benign elements in our culture and his drug-fueled monstrosities, associations that cause sickening fear but have no basis in reality. Quite a legacy, no?

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* "Stephen King is one of the foremost writers in the world, and he used a huge cocktail of drugs to get there. While most people use one or perhaps two drugs, King used cocaine, Xanax, Valium, NyQuil, beer, tobacco, and marijuana to get him through the day."

Source: https://drugabuse.com/20-genius-minds-and-the-drugs-they-were-addicted-to/

** "Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. King has published 58 novels and six non-fiction books. He has written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections."

Source: https://www.bing.com/search?q=how%20many%20books%20written%20by%20stephen%20king&pc=cosp&ptag=G6C999N1234D030118A98C4AF66BD&form=CONBDF&conlogo=CT3210127

Caption: Stephen King, American author of horror...

Source: internet profile 2019

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