Stephen King

Arabella - - GALLERY TO VISIT - Writ­ten by Su­san Grif­fin

He may be re­spon­si­ble for many a night­mare and sleep­less night, but it's not all about frights and shocks for Stephen King. The writer is still very clear that 40 years into his ca­reer, he's keep­ing the ideas fresh and still loves his job. There aren't many peo­ple who can say they sur­vived their teenage years with­out be­ing ter­ri­fied by read­ing one of Stephen King's nov­els, or watch­ing one of the many movie adap­ta­tions. A child-eat­ing clown in It, and a de­ranged fan - will­ing to com­mit kid­nap and tor­ture to keep the ob­ject of her ob­sessed close by - in Mis­ery, are just two of the chill­ing fig­ures cre­ated by the au­thor, who has sold in ex­cess of 300 mil­lion books since his de­but novel, Car­rie, was pub­lished in 1974. You might ex­pect him to project some dark, brood­ing force but, in the flesh, he couldn't be more charm­ing, laugh­ing of­ten as he re­flects on his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer - one he con­tin­ues to forge. At 66, he says the chal­lenge is "to try and stay fresh and en­gaged". "And have some­thing in your heart that you want to say that feels im­por­tant to you. It's not al­ways easy to do that, but ev­ery writer gets a room to ex­plore and to write sto­ries about and I think to my­self, 'You've pretty well ex­plored this room', but then there are all th­ese se­cret com­part­ments and other places to look," adds King, who was born, raised and con­tin­ues to live in Maine, the Amer­i­can state of­ten used as in­spi­ra­tion in his sto­ries. And in that search, he's un­cov­ered even more macabre ma­te­rial for Re­vival, due to be pub­lished later this year. "Re­vival is some­thing I think would make peo­ple think of Pet Se­matary," says the au­thor, ref­er­enc­ing his 1983 novel which was turned into a movie six years later. "There's some scary, scary s**t there," he notes, grin­ning. He's never been solely fo­cused on the hor­ror

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