Stephen King, fully Stephen Edwin King

King, fully Stephen Edwin King

American Author of Contemporary Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Author Quotes

Understand death? Sure. That was when the monsters got you.

We either learn to accept or we end up writing letters home with crayons.

Well, I'm like a drug addict, I'm always saying I'm going to stop, and then I don't, what I've said consistently is that I hope I know when to stop: when it starts to get repetitive.

What I'm saying is that I'm trying to find rational reasons to explain irrational feelings, and that's neveer a good sign.

When I knew I was going to be able to write full time, I wondered, "What's going to happen to the relationships within my family?" Are they going to change? Is it going to be the kind of deal where you say, "I can't take this! Get me out of here! I can't stand these screaming kids!" The way it turned out was, I was able to change the diapers okay, after I stuck the pin through my fingers a few times. I had a dawning realization that children are not particularly hard to deal with.

When you ask me what I'm afraid of, I'd say I still go to see ghost movies when I get a chance or some sort of supernatural being, but it doesn't scare me as it scared me when I was a child.

Where you think I?m goan?? ?Well,? Eddie said, ?what was behind Door Number One wasn?t so hot, and what was behind Door Number Two was even worse, so now, instead of quitting like sane people, we?re going to go right on ahead and check out Door Number Three. The way things have been going, I think it?s likely to be something like Godzilla or Ghidra the Three-Headed Monster, but I?m an optimist. I?m still hoping for the stainless steel cookware.

Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right ? as right as you can, anyway ? it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it.

Writing isn?t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it?s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.

You could not turn off love- even the rather absent, sometimes taken for granted love- the way you'd turn off a faucet. Love ran from the heart and the heart had its own imperatives

You must not come lightly to the blank page.

Your job isn't to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.

They are secret things. Women are supposed to be the ones good at keeping secrets, and I guess they do keep a few, but any woman who knows anything at all would tell you she's never really seen into any man's heart. The soil of a man's heart is stonier, Louis - like the soil up there in the old Micmac burying ground. Bedrock's close. A man grows what he can... and he tends it.

This is a dreadful thing to say, but I have wondered in my darker hours that, if everything were legal, wouldn't it be kind of a Darwinian solution to a lot of problems? Who are the bikies that you see who are cruisin' around with no helmet or with a hat turned around like that yoyo in Cheap Trick? They're dummies, and if they splatter their brains all over the sidewalk, they're not going to be collecting food stamps.

Time takes it all whether you want it to or not, time takes it all. Time bares it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again.

Until that afternoon in October four years ago, I hadn't known dogs could scream.

We fall from womb to tomb, from one blackness and toward another, remembering little of the one and knowing nothing of the other... except through faith.

Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in.

What is writing? Writing is telepathy.

When I start a story, I don't know where it's going.

When you own a piano, it's harder to think about moving.

Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you're forced back on your own imagination.

Writers are often the worst judges of what they have written.

Yes, I've made a great deal of dough from my fiction, but I never set a single word down on paper with the thought of being paid for it... I have written because it fulfilled me... I did it for the buzz. I did it for the pure joy of the thing. And if you can do it for joy, you can do it forever.

You could start at a path leading nowhere more fantastic than from your own front steps to the sidewalk, and from there you could go? well, anywhere at all.

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American Author of Contemporary Horror, Supernatural Fiction, Suspense, Science Fiction and Fantasy