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(Cinescape)   Stephen King out of ideas, plans to end his writing career   ( divider line
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10249 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Jan 2002 at 11:14 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-01-28 11:16:50 AM  
This happens when you quit drinking, be warned.
2002-01-28 11:16:53 AM  
He's been out of ideas for the last decade..bummer
2002-01-28 11:18:21 AM  
Ever since he got rammed by that stupid minivan and was nearly killed, it just hasn't been the same.

I love his work, at least most of it. I've got halfway thru DreamCatcher.. but now started school so I had to stop reading it. That's a weird one. I'll take "The Stand" or "Bag of Bones" any day.
2002-01-28 11:19:56 AM  
as long as he finishes the dark tower series, i'll be happy.
2002-01-28 11:20:18 AM  
SK peaked with The Shining.
2002-01-28 11:21:52 AM  
So he's not dead? "Truly an American icon" etc.?
2002-01-28 11:22:36 AM  
skidnuts exactly.... being out of ideas hasn't slowed him down in the least for the last 10 - 15 years.

"He'll be back"
2002-01-28 11:22:41 AM  
probably has more to do with the fact that he's going blind.

still sucks though.
2002-01-28 11:22:44 AM  
It was by far his best work. Except that the ending sucked.

Michael Crichton is 10 times better, anyway.
2002-01-28 11:22:56 AM  
I have to admit, I got worried until the mention that he plans to finish the Dark Tower series.
2002-01-28 11:23:14 AM  
Anyone see that episode of Family Guy where King and his publisher are talking new ideas? Cause that pretty much summed it up. "See, it's a..." *picks up desk lamp* "Lamp! Yeah! And it's... uh... Evil! Rar..."
2002-01-28 11:23:31 AM  
He isn't out of ideas. He is just having a brain fart.
2002-01-28 11:24:57 AM  
Not for 2 or 3 years? That's like another hundred books for him.

F.Post: you ever notice how his age always changes? Sometimes he's 54, then 48, then 49, etc. Life is more fun at -1
2002-01-28 11:25:11 AM  
I couldn't agree with meat more. I have been waiting for the lastof the dark tower series for way too long. If that son-of-a-biatch dosen't finish the dark tower series I will be one pissed off reader, The shining was good but I think needful things and some of the short stories in Nightmares and dreamscapes (Dolan's cadilac in particular)were the peak of his writing career
2002-01-28 11:25:37 AM  
Say it ain't so, Steve! Say it ain't so!
2002-01-28 11:26:14 AM  
I love his books.... as long as he finished the Dark Tower series, I'll be alright. Those are fantastic!
2002-01-28 11:26:28 AM  
Not trying to start a flamewar, but I never thought King was worth reading. I've read at least four of his novels and was completely underwhelmed. For horror I'll take HP Lovecraft any day, fark the biatches who say he's archaic.
2002-01-28 11:26:43 AM  
I have to triple the comment that I'm glad they said he plans on finishing the Dark Tower series. For some reason, this seems to be an underrated series that doesn't get the credit or attention it deserves.
2002-01-28 11:29:07 AM  
if any drivel Stephen King publishes gets made into a feature film, Hollywood at least owes us a "Captain Underpants" trilogy.
2002-01-28 11:29:10 AM  
King is like the Douglas adams of horror, It's not so much how frightening the stories are it's the sick and twisted situations and outcomes of the stories/novels that really engross he readers.
2002-01-28 11:29:10 AM  
My god, he has written a horror story on just about everything that could be written. He was pumping out books like a welfare mother for awhile. I am sure his final work is going to be the Necronomicon or summons for Chthulu... ACK.. choke... gasp....
2002-01-28 11:33:35 AM  
Yeah, and Celine Dion is retiring too. Pull the other one.
2002-01-28 11:33:46 AM  
Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!
2002-01-28 11:34:17 AM  
Stephen King is the McDonalds of horror literature -
it's everywhere, it isn't very good, but millions keep buying it.
2002-01-28 11:34:24 AM  
His later stuff hasn't measured up to his earlier stuff, IMO.
2002-01-28 11:38:18 AM  
Who needs Stephen King when we have Yahoo Personals?
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2002-01-28 11:39:41 AM  
Damn, Ouro! I just missed you... I have a joke for you whenever I run across you again.

P.S. Stephen King scares the bejesus out of me. Way cool guy!
2002-01-28 11:40:08 AM  
Loved the Talisman w/ Peter Straub.
2002-01-28 11:40:43 AM  
AS a long time horror fan, I would just like tosay that IMO, he did his best work over 20 years ago, petering out about half-way through "Then Stand." That said, I am reminded of a skit on SNL some years ago by Jon Lovitz (sp?) in which he portrayed King with a momentary case of writer's block. I don't think horror fiction fans will be fortunate enough to have seen the last of Mr King. Not that he's a bad guy or anything, you understand; he just cranked out a lot of schlock that earned him big bucks. Same for Anne Rice. One can hardly fault him for that. Give me Poe or Lovecraft or C A Smith or Philip Dick or Wagner...there are lots of more talented writers around.
2002-01-28 11:42:57 AM  
Maybe he can move into the lucrative field of children's books, say a novel on a possessed Tonka toy, or some minor gem about a My Little Pony is a (expletive deleted) predator.
2002-01-28 11:43:33 AM  
I've been reading his books since I was about 12 years old. King was officially "out of ideas" with the release of Gerald's Game, which I think was about 10 years ago. SInce then he has churrned out the same crappy story (Rose Madder, Delores Clabourne etc...) several times.

Like the rest of you already said, the Dark Tower series is great, and so long as he gets that done I wish him well in his retirement.

BTW, he is going blind? What's that all about?
2002-01-28 11:43:55 AM  
so is he finishing the plant or not?
2002-01-28 11:46:26 AM  
Dont forget he is also the writer who gave us Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me two pretty decent stories in themselves. If he doesnt finish the Dark Tower before he dies I will dig him up and make him write (it wont be worse than the current stuff anyway...)
2002-01-28 11:47:55 AM  
As long as he finishes The Dark Tower, I'll be happy, but I kinda doubt he'll be able to write 3 in one year. It seems to take him at least 3 years to write one of them. I just hope the ending isn't rushed crap.

I hardly remember how Wizard and Glass ended, I guess I'll have to reread before the next one.
2002-01-28 11:48:14 AM  

Try Lovecraft, Bierce, Saki, Poe (remember him?) or, my personal favorite, James Branch Cabell if you're looking for some genuine horror/fantasy not conceived as the basis for a made-for-TV movie.
2002-01-28 11:48:36 AM  
Poor guy... it's hell being out of work in your fifties.
2002-01-28 11:50:35 AM  
Maybe he'll work at McDonald's, since he's been writing McNovels for so many years.
2002-01-28 11:51:19 AM  
Quit reading him after Pet Semetary. His best work was The Stand and Different Seasons. Different Seasons is a 4 story book--the one that brought us Stand By Me (The Body), (Rita Hayworth and )The Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil and a fourth story--The Birthing Method which as a story wasn't that great but the cirucmstances--the club and its patrons, etc...
2002-01-28 11:54:33 AM  
I think you mean "The Breathing Method."
2002-01-28 11:56:38 AM  
Good. I've had it with him and his cat fixation.
2002-01-28 11:56:50 AM  
The guy can make interesting characters, set a scene, and build suspense, but he always chokes on the ending. "It" was pretty good until you find out that the monster is a trans-dimensional spider...
2002-01-28 11:58:14 AM  
Okok: I'm still here
2002-01-28 11:58:22 AM  
Yeah some of his shiat is scarey,but nothing will EVER be as scarey as the exorcist....THAT FREAKED ME BIG TIME!!!!
2002-01-28 12:02:08 PM  
Ah, you're all a bunch of jealous hacks. Sure, maybe his novels are becoming plot-wheel combinations, but you've got to respect his work ethic. He keeps on plugging away, writing novel after novel. Some of them (The Stand, Dark Tower) are pretty epic in scale - that takes serious planning and concentration to achieve.

He's often treated the same as Steven Spielberg: just because it's commercial doesn't automatically equate it with crap. Sure, they each put out a clunker here or there, but they know the audience and know how to put together an entertaining story. Sure, "A.I" sucked, but would you give back "Raiders Of The Lost Ark"? Didn't think so.
2002-01-28 12:04:29 PM  
Ouro: OK, well my mom sent this to me this morning...of course, we've all heard it before, but I couldn't resist... ;)

I'm sure there is a Pats/Steelers version floating around, too!

A first grade teacher explains to her class that she is a Texas Long Horn fan. She asks her students to raise their hands if they are Texas fans too. Not really knowing what a Texas fan was, but to be liked by their teacher, their hands fly into the air. There is however, one exception. A little girl named Janet has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different. "Because I'm not a Texas fan" she reports. "Then" asks the teacher, "what are you?" "I'm a proud Oklahoma University - Boomer Sooner fan" boasts the little girl. The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Janet why she is an Oklahoma fan. "Well, my Dad and Mom are Sooner fans, so I'm a Sooner fan too" she responds. The teacher is angry now. "That's no reason," she says loudly. "What if your mom was a moron, and your dad was an idiot? What would you be then?"
Janet smiles and says, "Then I'd be a Texas fan."
2002-01-28 12:05:27 PM  
his earliest stuff inder the pseudonym (Richard Bachman?) was great. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, the Long Walk, the Running Man, etc...

most if it is still pretty good vacation reading (shut the brain down)
2002-01-28 12:06:31 PM  
What most people here have failed to recognize is that Stephen King is a master storyteller. Perhaps he is too prolific for his own good, but the way the man weaves the sentences together, keeping the audience compelled, is unmatched in today's fiction writers of any genre. It's so visceral and compelling that one can't help but be drawn in-- even if the subject matter is tired.

Personally, I thought Bag of Bones-- one of his more recent books-- was one of his best ever. If you've never read King, or haven't for a while-- try it.. it's very accessable, and very good.
2002-01-28 12:06:58 PM  
I've read that King has long been inspired by Lovecraft; A vew of his short stories clearly sound Lovecraftian (one of them was the first to mention Jerusalem's Lot).
2002-01-28 12:09:12 PM  
I must admit I am not a big novel reader,I just go on the movies that are created from his works,I am sure the novels are way better than the actual movies.
2002-01-28 12:09:36 PM  
Q: What are the best four years of a Sooner's life?
A: Third grade
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