Stephen King, master of terror

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Short story books, long novels, short novels. Stephen King has done it all. He is a very prolific writer, having published some 62 novels, 7 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

Born in Maine on September 21, Stephen King is an excellent writer of science fiction, supernatural fiction, fantasy literature, but He is best known for his horror and mystery novels. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his novels worldwide.

Stephen King influences

Among his most obvious influences is HP Lovecraft. The connections between places or times used by King in his books are typical of Howard Phillips.

Edgar Allan Poe it is also present in King's books, Especially in The glow, where not only mention is made of The Red Death, if not that in its adaptation to the cinema there is a symbolism of it in the liters of blood that come out of the elevators.

In this novel you also see theDoppelgänger>, those evil doubles present in The Red Death and The Shining, and who lead towards death.

King in film and television

Due to the hook of his novels and short stories, many of his publications have been adapted for the small and big screen. Miniseries and series have been broadcast on Netflix and on cable, and he has also written as a guest writer on special chapters of well-known series.

But it's the movies that have gotten the best of it. Hits like Misery with actress Kathy Bates and actor James Caan, or Carrie, of which 3 adaptations have been made, 2 for film and one for television.

Photo by Jack Nicholson.

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The Shining was made into a movie by the excellent director Stanley Kubrick. But despite being one of the best adaptations made of one of his novels, these geniuses could not get along, so the writer considers it disgusting and does not understand its success.

Stephen King and the terror inside him

It doesn't matter if Stephen is considered commercial, his impact on the world of literature is undeniable and should be taken into account by anyone who enjoys the genre or considers a career in it. King's mind, said by himself, is full of ghosts and demons, hence, from there comes the terror of his pen.


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