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Stephen King, His Books, and Their Origins at Lisner Audiotorium

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  • HJM
    HJM 6 жыл бұрын +2074

    This man is the reason I wanted to be a writer.
    Update: my first book got published a few weeks ago. :)
    Update 2: Sorry I haven't looked at this thread in years, I'm overwhelmed by how much this blew up! For everyone asking, my book was called 'Swings & Roundabouts' - it was a small collection of short stories that I originally wrote as a university project. One of my tutors liked it enough that they helped me get it published after I graduated. Unfortunately, it's not available anywhere anymore. I haven't actually written anything else since then as I'm now employed full time and enjoying life, but for those of you on here who are still trying, don't give up! If I can do it, anyone can! :)

    • Hater Academy
      Hater Academy 3 ай бұрын

      @Valerie Schoettmer or an unhappy author isn't a true author at heart.

    • Hater Academy
      Hater Academy 3 ай бұрын

      @Valerie Schoettmer unhappiness writes stories for you if you can express it correctly. Pain is art

    • HJM
      HJM 4 ай бұрын

      @Steven Conifer Dude, this is absolute nonsense and I think you probably know it. You even contradict yourself numerous times in your own argument. Either this is a really bad troll or you genuinely have such a primitive grasp of the English language that use of a neutral pronoun on a six year old comment thread offended you so much you felt the need to write a thesis attempting to explain your flawed logic. Either way, you're straight up incorrect and I'd strongly recommend doing some more research or speaking to an actual linguistics expert. Maybe THEY can help you out.

    • Steven Conifer
      Steven Conifer 4 ай бұрын

      @HJM P.S. Your last sentence, containing the restricted clause "published author or not," grammatically implies that the published author him- or herself is not a difficult concept to grasp. Sorry, couldn't resist. 🙂

    • Steven Conifer
      Steven Conifer 4 ай бұрын

      @HJM You're right; it isn't difficult to grasp. It's just inaccurate, is all. You're just making stuff up, ad hoc, to rationalize an error you could have simply acknowledged humbly before moving on with your day. Instead, you opted to get snarky and argue just to argue.
      When someone's gender is unknown to the speaker, the proper construction is "his or her," or "him or her," or "he or she" (depending, of course, on the applicable syntax). In the old days it was standard, in generic contexts where the speaker or writer wanted to avoid having to use "one" over and over again, to employ the masculine pronoun by default. Times have changed, and this is no longer regarded by many authorities as politically tolerable. Thus the introduction of such convenient shorthands as "s/he," one I myself use quite often.
      This whole business of "where the gender of the person is irrelevant" is the part you most blatantly made up. Irrelevant to whom or what? No criterion so inherently subjective as relevance could ever determine the grammatical soundness of a sequence. Grammar rules are black and white, not dependent on the writer's (or speaker's) politics or stylistic preferences. Language is malleable, fluid, and beautifully organic; it doesn't follow, however, that a writer (or speaker) can single-handedly overthrow a centuries-old convention and claim the result to be acceptable or "correct" simply because it fits with HIS OR HER linguistic prejudices, whether those be born of politics or anything else.
      Suppose, on a grammar quiz, a student were asked which of the following sentences is grammatically incorrect:
      (a) "The weirdo I saw at the store that day stalked me all the way home; they must have been determined to talk to me."
      (b) "Every time I go to the gym, there is someone who ends up bothering me, no matter how clearly I tell him I want to be left alone."
      (c) "The main reason one worries is because she lacks control over the given situation."
      In YOUR classroom, all three of these sentences would be perfectly OK, since the speaker/writer of (a) may feel, for whatever reason, that the stalker's gender is "irrelevant." Clearly, however, (a) is grammatically UNSOUND, while (b) & (c) are fine.
      By your logic, if we all just decided that gender is totally irrelevant to everything and everyone, we could dispense with singular pronouns altogether. Imagine the impossible confusion THEN!

  • Seokjun An
    Seokjun An 4 жыл бұрын +655

    I love how he says "I wrote a book called Cujo" and "I wrote a book called The Shining" almost like he doesn't expect us to recognize those names or something

    • AKA Trip Claymore.
      AKA Trip Claymore. 14 күн бұрын

      His first Writing's are still his best. The Bachman book's, Night Shift, Sleleton Crew etc. Thank's Stephan! Oh I saw you at the Sagel Flea Market in Sagel Idaho in the 90's...man you can Disappear fast!!!!

    • seanpk49
      seanpk49 22 күн бұрын

      It's an act... he does it for the applause it gets.. the man is insanely wealthy, you don't think he knows people are aware of his books lol?

    • MrPati0
      MrPati0 2 ай бұрын

      @Gurl 5150 yes. And i find it funny some here dont realise that.

    • Rochester Swift
      Rochester Swift 3 ай бұрын

      It comes across as a way of distancing himself, methinks.

    • Susie Snarey
      Susie Snarey 5 ай бұрын +1

      I am so sorry that you are so cynical . King is a brilliant author and a a truly wonderful person. Intelligent , funny, and real . Have you ever came from humble beginnings and rose from poverty to write some of the greatest novels of all time? Until you do I would suggest you keep those kind of opinions to yourself.

  • Blacques Jacques
    Blacques Jacques 5 жыл бұрын +408

    The most potent advice he gives to aspiring writers is to read , read , read .

    • Athelstan BastardKing
      Athelstan BastardKing 3 ай бұрын

      @lobear You're still here? Look at that last...sentence. There is at least 2 or 3 sentences mangled up in there. Why are you so touchy about reading and capitalizing? I can't believe anyone would argue it doesn't matter. That is the whole reason you read is to see how it is done. Look at the punctuation and see what goes where and how. It isn't hard to do. I suspect you are too lazy to learn.

    • Athelstan BastardKing
      Athelstan BastardKing 3 ай бұрын

      @Kreip Flagra Well said, ackowlegement and instant gratification. No art to it.

    • Athelstan BastardKing
      Athelstan BastardKing 3 ай бұрын

      @lobear Capitals have served us well all these centuries. Smart people never fail to do so. Now look at who is failing to do so. I would ditch Holderlin, he hasn't served you well. Car magazines will always be relevant, so, yeah, there is a benefit to society. You're not a benefit, Love.

    • Athelstan BastardKing
      Athelstan BastardKing 3 ай бұрын

      @lobear Gatekeeping is encouraging someone to read? Thaz stupid. "...his work would not hold up in todays market." And yet, he still sells in the millions. It is quickly apparent you need to read, too. Look at all the capitalising you missed. Did Holderlin teach you that? King hit with some boomers but it was mostly GenX and beyond that got into his books. Trust me, I was there. As far as knowing what to read, you are wrong. I read stuff I have no interest in to see how it is written about. I don't care about cars but I had a year long subscription to Road & Track. I enjoyed it, actually. Now, when I write something with a car in it, I have something in mind to draw on. If that is gatekeeping, you need to stay at the gate. If you look back you will see you're the one left behind.

    • No description available
      No description available 6 ай бұрын

      Stop on red

  • Dylan Downs
    Dylan Downs 7 жыл бұрын +662

    I could listen to Stephen King tell the same story over and over again.

    • Hooga Booga
      Hooga Booga 4 ай бұрын

      Thats funny cause thats what he does😂

    • Nancy Hanson
      Nancy Hanson 11 ай бұрын

      Me too

    • Pennywise Etc
      Pennywise Etc   Жыл бұрын

      I think it’s humbling cus he talks about them like they’re just books- they’re great and all, but that’s all they are.

    • Matthew Tosca
      Matthew Tosca  Жыл бұрын

      @Lisa T depends on perspective. The villain in IT and The Library Policeman are basically the same. The shining power itself is used as a plot point multiple times. He's just good at making them feel different with the settings and characters. I love that aspect of his style, especially how they all tie together.

    • Jesse Martin
      Jesse Martin 2 жыл бұрын

      What a coincidence

  • Wallace Pearse
    Wallace Pearse 4 жыл бұрын +116

    Still known as a horror writer but for me Shawshank, green mile, the body and misery are his best works, or among them. None are horrors. He is so much more than a horror writer. In my opinion.

    • Lisa Kolb
      Lisa Kolb Күн бұрын

      misery fits the horror category, i think

    • Elizabeth Faita
      Elizabeth Faita 9 күн бұрын

      You missed The Langoliers!

    • Matt Harris
      Matt Harris Ай бұрын

      I also prefer his fiction over his horror works

    • Bernice Walsh
      Bernice Walsh 2 ай бұрын

      Yeah. Horrors might nor be how I'd describe them. Thrillers that leave a grest impact I'd say.

    • pat sloyan
      pat sloyan 5 ай бұрын

      Delores Claiborne also 👍💖

  • Canadian Wildlife Service
    Canadian Wildlife Service 7 жыл бұрын +222

    These public speaking events serve as a true testament of King's storytelling abilities. He has a knack for stretching the most mundane of stories out for minutes at a time, all while keeping the audience engaged by telling the story behind the story. I really enjoy watching his performances. He is truly a master storyteller as well as a great humorist to boot. I admit, I used to think King was reclusive and hated the spotlight. That might be true in a sense, but when he speaks, he seems like the most interesting and down-to-earth guy you would ever want to meet.

  • Penny Etson
    Penny Etson 4 жыл бұрын +424

    The truest words Stephen King ever said was you never know how drastic your life can change from the time you wake up in the morning till the time you lay your head that down that night

    • Mike Roberts
      Mike Roberts  Жыл бұрын +4

      Yeah, he was just going for a walk before going to see movie.....If that van had been a little farther to either side, it would have either missed him or killed him.

    • Rodney Adderton
      Rodney Adderton 2 жыл бұрын

      Yes, life can change in a second.

  • R Davis
    R Davis 8 жыл бұрын +497

    I stood in line for 7 hours for this event. Was first in line. Always early for everything I go to. But it was well worth the wait to see my hero. Love your work Mr. King.

    • Mr. Owl
      Mr. Owl 2 жыл бұрын +4

      I once stood in line 3 hours early to be first in line for a Fiona Apple concert in NOLA and I got to stand front and center for the whole show. It was amazing. Don’t listen to the haters.

    • Mr. Owl
      Mr. Owl 2 жыл бұрын +1

      BROOKS MTB pathetic to want to see your hero whose work has had a profound impact on your life? I feel sad for you to not know what that kind of love/respect is like.

    • Kazza 8240
      Kazza 8240 2 жыл бұрын +5

      So jealous 😔 I'm from Scotland. Don't think I'll ever have the privilege of meeting Sai King..... at least...... not on this level of the Tower.

    • JasonVoorhees10100
      JasonVoorhees10100 3 жыл бұрын +1

      So youre the crazy fan ?

    • Ryan Kudasik
      Ryan Kudasik 3 жыл бұрын +8

      I would have too! I hope I get to attend an event like this some day. I've been a fan pretty much since I could read in the early 90s.

  • Matt Walters
    Matt Walters 6 жыл бұрын +715

    So brilliant, yet so... normal. Wish more writers were less pretentious, like him.

    • Kathy R.
      Kathy R.  Жыл бұрын +1

      @Adriana Boga I just read somewhere that his IQ is 40! I don't know who in their right mind would believe that. He is not only a brilliant writer but he is a great speaker and can fire off answers effortlessly.

    • Alien Alibi
      Alien Alibi 2 жыл бұрын

      @Jon Posadny bet you didnt read it at all since you are basically repeating the same bullshit people say about a book that has over a thousand pages... Yet you only focus on two or three pages

    • Adriana Boga
      Adriana Boga 2 жыл бұрын +1

      He is the most awesome writer; a true genius. :)

    • Kazza 8240
      Kazza 8240 2 жыл бұрын +1

      I wish more people were like Sai King 👑

    • David arruda
      David arruda 3 жыл бұрын

      One author who I'd love to have a beer with, or perhaps even share a joint with

  • TheSMLIFfilms
    TheSMLIFfilms 8 жыл бұрын +168

    This is incredible, he kept the audience engaged in the entire hour and a half long speech with one underlying plot point- Two jumper cables walk into a bar.

    • Lisa Kolb
      Lisa Kolb Күн бұрын

      yep he's good! but we knew that. lol

  • TofuCutie
    TofuCutie 8 жыл бұрын +158

    If you take away the horror, you have one of the best "human condition" writers America has ever had. He has some issues with endings sure and sometimes rambling a bit but the man can write and write well. The genre he sticks to, keeps people from knowing and/or realizing that. He is a master at putting you in the scene and knowing/understanding the characters. I love his writing :)

    • racyrowdyrocket
      racyrowdyrocket 7 ай бұрын

      @Tangerine Tech what scene are you referring to; your comment is gone.

    • Tangerine Tech
      Tangerine Tech 2 жыл бұрын

      @Mike Frost i totally forgot about this but upon revisiting I'm shocked there are even a couple people trying to defend this. and what the hell are you doing other than defending it. my entire comment revolves around how its just bad in general. which you supposedly agree with. so if your not defending it what are you doing when you say yeah you go try writing 60 books. your both defending and making excuses for it.

    • Mike Frost
      Mike Frost 2 жыл бұрын

      @Tangerine Tech you do realise he was on a heavy drugs while writing IT, right? I'm not defending the scene, because it is weird and uncomfortable, but Stephen King is a great writer. You try writing over 60 books with totally different ideas, and most of them end up classics.

    • gyniest
      gyniest 2 жыл бұрын +3

      @Tangerine Tech How? Is it bad writing because you don't like the content (i.e. subjective preference or taste) or because of the form? If the latter, then you shouldn't conflate content and form, but provide an actual example of how the word choice, syntax, diction, pacing, analogies, and other technical elements make for poor writing ability.
      Having imagery you don't like is not the same as being ineffective or unskilled at conveying that imagery.

    • Free Leonard Peltier
      Free Leonard Peltier 3 жыл бұрын +2

      @Tanooks why are you apologizing to this crybaby. Prolly a millennial.

  • Tyler Williams
    Tyler Williams 4 жыл бұрын +62

    I love his personality, he is so human, a quality that most writers seem to think is demeaning. He isn't afraid to relate to people and he is not concerned with sounding super intellectual, much love and respect.

  • MegaSmk
    MegaSmk 5 жыл бұрын +79

    I love it when Stephen King reads his own stories, although some great narrators are doing his audiobooks as well. When Stephen King reads them, I feel that's exactly the way they were meant to be told.

    • Elizabeth Bryce
      Elizabeth Bryce 2 жыл бұрын +1

      The IT audiobook was a PERFORMANCE. I loved it.

    • kev catnip
      kev catnip 3 жыл бұрын +1

      Sad times when great people get diminished by idiots

  • Daniel Hill
    Daniel Hill 8 жыл бұрын +107

    King just has that way of writing that makes you genuinely care about the characters he creates I am currently reading cell and have been shocked by the death of one particular character. I hope he keeps writing such great fiction in the future I look forward to reading all his novels in due time

    • Daniel Hill
      Daniel Hill 8 жыл бұрын +1

      @***** I am going to read Salems lot now that I have finished cell but if you ask me it ended on a sort of anti climax i didn't get the same feeling of poetic irony that i felt when i had finished Carrie even though i think that was what King was going for

  • Vonnie Demers
    Vonnie Demers 3 жыл бұрын +88

    My mom took me to see Carrie at the drive in when I was 10, (my mom was so cool) and that started my love of SK.
    The hand coming out of the grave scared the crap out of me then and it still does.
    My oldest son's name is Stephen even. I love his books.

    • Adam Turner
      Adam Turner 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Nice Blanche photo you have up. R.I.P. (hugely missed)

    • Lilly
      Lilly 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Same for me. I live in belgium and i watched carrie / christine / shinning when I was 9/10 Y.O with my mom

    • Count Nu
      Count Nu 3 жыл бұрын +5

      That's so special awwww♡

  • Jargon
    Jargon 2 жыл бұрын +96

    I can't even imagine how many books he will write during the quarantine days of 2020.

    • Joanie Welch
      Joanie Welch 2 жыл бұрын +13

      The Stand Part 2 would be wild! Go Stevie Go! We love ya!

  • The Gaming Cathedral
    The Gaming Cathedral 5 жыл бұрын +461

    If Stephen King wasn't an awesome writer, he'd make a great stand up comedian!

    • Dusty Rader
      Dusty Rader 2 жыл бұрын +1

      "The soil of a man's heart is stonier, he grows what he can, and tends it." - Stephen King, Pet Sematary.

    • The Black plague
      The Black plague 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Roland Deschain hey gunslinger

    • ono 724
      ono 724 2 жыл бұрын

      Isak Dahl ummmm yeah

    • Kazza 8240
      Kazza 8240 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Roland Deschain long days and pleasant nights Sai

    • BR!!!!!!!
      BR!!!!!!! 3 жыл бұрын

      E

  • Igor M (makemarker)
    Igor M (makemarker) 3 жыл бұрын +129

    I don't understand why everyone is always connecting Stephen King to the word "creepy", his books are far more advanced than trashy horror stories. Even King, himself, mentioned that he writes suspense.

    • Dan Waka
      Dan Waka 7 ай бұрын

      “Trashy horror stories” shows how limited your approach to the genre is. Congrats.

    • Joseph Gamble
      Joseph Gamble  Жыл бұрын +3

      That is probably because works of art tend to elicit unique and very different feelings from people. Even though Stephen King writes suspense, it is easy to understand why so many people connect the word "creepy" to his books. Suspense books can be very creepy. "Creepy" does not equate to "trashy." It is not so mind-boggling to see why people find Lovecraftian demon clowns, killer infants, rabid dogs, possessed vehicles, and even deranged humans creepy. I do not believe that "creepy" is a negative attribute or a reductionist adjective. Even in his non-horror works, you can find many creepy themes and elements of horror within King's material. I did an entire essay detailing Horror in the film, "Stand By Me" (I am aware that the novel is called "The Body") in my college English class not too long ago.

    • Anna Bell
      Anna Bell  Жыл бұрын +1

      I don't understand why anyone ever compares him to Dean Koontz. It's like comparing apples and hot dogs.

    • Gabel Luc
      Gabel Luc 2 жыл бұрын +8

      Why did you connect "creepy" to "trashy"?

  • Gary Venture
    Gary Venture 2 жыл бұрын +10

    Reading King, for me, is not being able to put the book down until it's done with me or until I pass out.
    And I almost always feel a sad sense of loss at the end.
    Like a group of people I've just made friends with and have to say goodbye forever.
    Which is also why it's so cool that he sprinkles characters from past books into his newer ones.
    It's like seeing an old friend you thought was gone forever, just show up.

  • WhatTheHell
    WhatTheHell 4 жыл бұрын +46

    Stephen King is a phenomena, an icon and true inspiration. His stories define horror. He is one of my biggest idols and I really hope that someday I can publish something that is so good that people fall in love with it.
    Sometimes I think that it's the wrong century for becoming a successfully writing novelist (even though I'm already successfully writing - there is just a lack of publishing) and that every century has a defined number of great thinkers and artists to get the rare seats in the sunlight - And when they're taken nothing similiar will happen again. Some days I feel invisible. Cause there are too many other people that want what I want.
    But I guess that is what all my fellow unknown writers feel like, too. We might be a big group of dreamers hoping to get the chance to wish on a shooting star and live our biggest dream. Stephen King is a freakin lucky guy. He surely knows that. He will never be forgotten. He knows that he became what he needed to became and continues to impress every day.
    And he kinda looks like someone from Whoville. Which is pretty damn funny.

  • Mark Rzepecki
    Mark Rzepecki 4 жыл бұрын +35

    I think this man is next level genius. He never stops creating unique and amazing literature. He is like Picasso in that regard.

  • Abigail Pocock
    Abigail Pocock 2 жыл бұрын +17

    I'm only just starting to read King's masterpieces (I've read Carrie and The Shining and am currently reading IT) I want to own and read all of his books because his whole way of telling stories is amazing. I love that be puts himself in the story and writes about personal experiences too. He may be twisted and have some, concerning, parts of his novels but they make it better.

    • Abigail Pocock
      Abigail Pocock 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Moonfairy904 Good, I've read a few more of his books and own more than I thought I would 6 months ago. Thanks for asking

    • Moonfairy904
      Moonfairy904 2 жыл бұрын +1

      How is you King bing coming along?

  • Immortal Tech
    Immortal Tech 3 жыл бұрын +43

    Stephen King. A man who will never forget the face of his father. Brilliant

  • Andrew Johnston
    Andrew Johnston 6 жыл бұрын +190

    "Writing can be learned but it can't be taught." Almost direct line from 'Finders Keepers' which was only released two weeks ago.

    • Mike Roberts
      Mike Roberts  Жыл бұрын +2

      @Tim Bliss and Shakespeare and almost every other great writer. Shakespeare literally ripped off King Lear from another play that was currently (circa 1604) playing in London; he just thought it could be done better.

    • Tim Bliss
      Tim Bliss 3 жыл бұрын

      or just steal other ideas... thats Kings technique

    • Shiznaft
      Shiznaft 3 жыл бұрын +8

      @MrParkerman6 ...but have they been taught to write well?

    • MrParkerman6
      MrParkerman6 3 жыл бұрын

      Bull crap! Lots of people have been taught to write good.

    • Nanof Urbiznis
      Nanof Urbiznis 5 жыл бұрын

      Unless you mean you can't teach writing to someone who hates writing, then obviously you're right.

  • Dewayne Hairston
    Dewayne Hairston 2 жыл бұрын +17

    This man changed my life as a teenager...and I haven't been the same since. Thank you, Stephen 🙂

  • Jason Derebel
    Jason Derebel 2 жыл бұрын +32

    He's so humble, so funny, a real salt of the earth dude.

  • Lily S.
    Lily S. 7 жыл бұрын +70

    I love Stephen King's work. My favorite author.

  • Kevin Chank
    Kevin Chank 8 жыл бұрын +31

    i have read almost all his stuff and needless to say i find his mind is amazing. His sometime unnecessary description of individuals and places in his books spoil me on other authors because i find them lazy in not wanting to spend the time (or page space) to paint the entire scene and get me lost in the book (world) that i am reading. When he said he does not know the finish of his stories i was not very surprised as his endings are sometimes "soft" or a bit of a cheat, it almost seems inconsequential or just a way to stop writing. i may just be sad another book is over tho.....

    • david sandlin
      david sandlin 4 жыл бұрын

      He said in an interview once that his endings are so mundane because in his mind the hard part isn’t the doing of something brave, it’s the building of the courage to act in the first place. So he spends time building the circumstance and emotion that forces his characters to make that decision. This is not a direct quote but it is the jist of his comment.

    • TofuCutie
      TofuCutie 8 жыл бұрын +2

      So true! I am so spoiled (as you said) by his ability at description, humor and getting into character's heads, that I have a hard time reading other authors. I compare them all to him. Orson Scott Card is probably one of the only other authors I feel can "almost" get me there :D

  • Ruby
    Ruby 2 жыл бұрын +9

    When I first read The Shining back in the 70s I just knew there was something unique and incredible about this amazing man .And years later I haven't been wrong. He imagination and gift for describing things is beyond talented!!!

  • The Greek Pianist
    The Greek Pianist 7 жыл бұрын +20

    He was such a phenomenal man and inspiration in person...even though I sat at the back row, I felt that presence in the huge auditorium room. You gotta love Stephen King!

  • Laency2988
    Laency2988  Жыл бұрын +6

    It's really paradoxical that so funny, joyous and bright man as Stephen King wrote so many hellish and exceedingly scary novels and stories. He's just genius. It's impossible do not like him

  • livewireOr
    livewireOr 3 жыл бұрын +240

    "You write those scary things...I'd rather uplifting stories like that Shawshank Redemption."
    "I wrote that."
    "No you didn't."
    lmao

    • Emiko Sage
      Emiko Sage  Жыл бұрын +2

      It creeps me out when I read a comment as it happens in the video 😂

    • Franco Trossero
      Franco Trossero 2 жыл бұрын +4

      who 31:25

    • who
      who 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Time stamp

  • Ravenzpeak
    Ravenzpeak 3 жыл бұрын +20

    I never got that scared reading his books, but what fills my shelves with King novels is his 'word craft'. The way he can characterize and turn a phrase is candy for the mind!

    • Chase Janus
      Chase Janus 3 жыл бұрын +1

      I find his books more unsettling, I always get this uneasy feeling reading some of his books

  • Leanna Taylor
    Leanna Taylor 5 ай бұрын +2

    This man made me love reading again. He made me realize being a weirdo obsessed with the morbid and taboo isn’t wrong or something to be ashamed of. I wish I could tell him face to face how much he inspires me. Been writing drafts of my first short story, with him being my biggest influence.

  • The Greek Pianist
    The Greek Pianist 3 жыл бұрын +9

    I was there that night. He has one of the most mesmerizing presences I ever felt! It was a very surreal moment to be in the same room with Stephen King, my favorite author! It was a wonderful night for me as an aspiring writer myself. Love you Stephen! ♥️

  • Jag Jag
    Jag Jag 3 жыл бұрын +19

    A LIVING LEGEND. At his age he stills sounds so young and fun. He is relatable and interesting.

  • Gary Smith
    Gary Smith 3 жыл бұрын +81

    "The soil of a man's heart is stonier, he grows what he can, and tends it." - Stephen King, Pet Sematary.

    • Diane Saienni
      Diane Saienni  Жыл бұрын

      I think of that line
      everytime I weed my garden.

    • Effrain Monreal
      Effrain Monreal 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Gary Venture yeah incase you didn’t know, Pet Sematary is a book. Lol

    • Christopher Vaughn
      Christopher Vaughn 2 жыл бұрын +2

      Judd crandle's line from the book

    • Gary Venture
      Gary Venture 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Fred Gwynn's line from the movie.

  • Michael Ralston
    Michael Ralston 4 жыл бұрын +157

    He and his daughter Naomi came to Skippers one night in Tampa, where I do security, to watch Dave Alvin and the Blasters. This was in 2006. As I stood there talking to the doorman, about ready to pee my pants, Some kid walked by me with a hardcover copy of *The Stand*. I stood there and watched half a dozen people approach him while he tried to watch the band. At some point I decided not to be one of them. And I don't regret it to this day.

    • Very Silly
      Very Silly 2 жыл бұрын +9

      Consideration and decency aren't found often enough -- I'm sure he appreciates people like you who allow him to enjoy his life! Especially with his kid.

  • titti eye
    titti eye 2 жыл бұрын +7

    The fact that instead of using his story about the guy breaking into his house to berate the guy, he says he feels sorry for him really just shows how kind he is. I have so much respect for this man and his brilliant mind.

  • Abbas Haidari
    Abbas Haidari 2 жыл бұрын +350

    "Whenever a new strain of the flu shows up, I see the sales boom"
    Well the sales must be through the roof now...

    • Thee Arrrr
      Thee Arrrr  Жыл бұрын

      I sure re-read my copy.

    • TheButterflyChaos
      TheButterflyChaos 2 жыл бұрын +6

      True story. I have bought 5 Stephen King books in 2021 alone

    • Dominic Wyartt
      Dominic Wyartt 2 жыл бұрын +2

      This has aged like a fine wine

    • The Goal Writer
      The Goal Writer 2 жыл бұрын +3

      I read the stand for the second time last may.

    • Constance Miller
      Constance Miller 2 жыл бұрын +1

      💰💰💰💰💰💰💸💷💶💵
      Make it rain!
      💰💰💰💰💰💰💰💰

  • Larasati Abha Farwani
    Larasati Abha Farwani 4 жыл бұрын +28

    I am from Indonesia love to read his novel...all his novels are very great..although his novels are fiction but seems real in real life..thank's Mr. King for the stories..

  • First Last
    First Last 2 жыл бұрын +8

    This guy is a legend. People complain about his newer books but I feel like they are awesome. Mr mercedes, outsider, revival, if it bleeds. Just awesome

    • Peg Lamphier
      Peg Lamphier 4 ай бұрын

      I love EVERYTHING he's written. EVERYTHING. He's a genius an the human condition.

  • ~Shigeru Miyamoto~
    ~Shigeru Miyamoto~ 5 жыл бұрын +699

    I like how he doesn't dress all fancy. He is just a normal guy.

    • Phenotype b
      Phenotype b  Жыл бұрын

      The fact that the highest rated comment in a lecture by a genius is about how he deesses tells you something about the attention span of most in today's world.

    • Kyle Lord
      Kyle Lord  Жыл бұрын

      What is normal and I assure u king is far from normal

    • Mischief MakerStudios
      Mischief MakerStudios  Жыл бұрын

      @dsanzo Really? He looks like he dresses pretty comfortable to me.

    • Micharl foucault
      Micharl foucault 2 жыл бұрын +1

      hi myamoto

    • Pablo Calderón
      Pablo Calderón 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @dsanzo I like how he dresses anyway. Nobody asked, but I don’t care haha.

  • 1060michaelg
    1060michaelg 3 жыл бұрын +6

    I love this man! For all of the days I had to go to work bleary eyed because I could NOT put any of his books down...for the natural dialogue and for using words like "shambling" (nothing like "a shambling corpse" to keep you up...). Most of all, in the midst of all of that horror, the ability to bring laughter, and in the case of "INSOMNIA", a lot of tears. Rock on, Stephen!

  • Carolyn Talbot
    Carolyn Talbot 3 жыл бұрын +5

    I just re-read Rose Madder, the first reading having been when I was in high school. I loved it then, but like many of his novels, age has given me a renewed and deeper appreciation. This man's work is a part of my consciousness, and I am grateful for the decades of pleasure and useful escapism he's provided, as well as the ways he has informed my politics and worldview. Thank you, Mr. King.

  • MrFunnyGuy015
    MrFunnyGuy015 2 жыл бұрын +87

    my mom literally saw me watching this and she asked me "What are you doing?" and all I said was "I'm learning from the master."

  • Tommy Mac
    Tommy Mac 3 жыл бұрын +6

    There was a really interesting point he makes here where he says, (I'm paraphrasing) that it's more about the characters than the plot .
    The one complaint I tend to hear about his books from some readers is they don't like his endings.
    But to me, even his "worst" stories ( I have read every book and have yet to find one I hate) hve such amazing characters that , even if you're ultimately unhappy with their resolutions, you still find yourself enjoying the journey.
    Long may you live, Sai King. We still need that third Talisman book . And the ending to "The Ladies Room" dammit.

  • raygen gamer
    raygen gamer 9 ай бұрын +3

    I remember watching some of the movies when I was a kid. Shining. IT. Stand by me. But I never read a book or watched an interview with king. And my goodness what a great dude. Currently on book 5 of the dark tower series

    • Tara Stegner
      Tara Stegner 5 ай бұрын

      Omg I was talking like I was from Gilead the whole time I was reading the series and months after... Thankee Sai, Long days and pleasant nights

  • Bones F
    Bones F  Жыл бұрын +3

    Not just a great writer but a thoroughly splendid chap!

  • mir fazli
    mir fazli 2 жыл бұрын +5

    I have read some novels of Stephen King but mostly I love his new novel ' the outsider'

  • Migglemaggle
    Migglemaggle 10 ай бұрын +2

    LOVED IT!! I’ve never seen him live.

  • Fortysomething BadGirls
    Fortysomething BadGirls 2 жыл бұрын +58

    My psych professor in college had King as a student in NY. He stated King was twisted long before he started writing. Lol.

    • Mike Roberts
      Mike Roberts  Жыл бұрын +13

      King never studied in NY.

  • Feline Prime
    Feline Prime 6 жыл бұрын +18

    He brings a bunch of characters together, gives them personalities and then shoo's them off for an adventure.
    But the way he does it, I wouldn't even care if there was a plot.

    • Tina Marie Messiti
      Tina Marie Messiti 4 жыл бұрын +1

      Two of my favorites from King...read Duma Key at least 5yrs ago and it still lingers freshly in my mind made me want to research Persephone more in depth, always loved Greek myth.

  • Frau Doktor
    Frau Doktor 2 жыл бұрын +360

    He wasn't lying when he says every time there's a flu epidemic "The Stand" becomes popular again, because it's being invoked yet again for COVID-19.

    • sportsguydave
      sportsguydave   Жыл бұрын

      @techroach Trumpturdistan is down the hall.

    • Nathan B
      Nathan B  Жыл бұрын

      @Andrea Magyar it's only a flu. Albeit a new one that doesn't much care for our previous immunities.

    • techroach
      techroach 2 жыл бұрын

      Yes a pandemic created and exploited by Marxists.... like this hypocritical wanker.

    • Laura Metheny
      Laura Metheny 2 жыл бұрын

      @Katie.L Hall I have. It's pretty good. Read it years ago. I've collected his books since the 80s. I'm missing some because he said he was gonna quit. Haha. Haven't seen the movie yet tho...😊

    • Katie.L Hall
      Katie.L Hall 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @Laura Metheny he did zombies with The Cell. I think that one was weird though, haven’t read it yet

  • Vincent LoRusso
    Vincent LoRusso  Жыл бұрын +2

    I could listen to him tell the same 6 stories for the rest of my life and be perfectly content.

  • get2rog
    get2rog 3 жыл бұрын +16

    In an ironic twist he was literally saved by Carrie. A penniless writer King threw his novel 'Carrie' in the trash. His wife retrieved it and the rest as they say is history.

  • mothershelper1981
    mothershelper1981 2 жыл бұрын +1

    I've been meaning to listen to this one for a long time and I finally decided to get out my knitting and listen well I created baby blankets to donate. It was a very good listen. He's extremely entertaining and humorous. I'm glad I finally got to this. And I was pleased some of my favorite books were mentioned, not just the standard favorites like The Stand but lesser-known ones like The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I always thought if I had to recommend a book for someone to have their child or teenager read that would be scary but not horrifying, that would be the perfect book to start with.

  • Bill Scannell
    Bill Scannell 2 жыл бұрын +1

    He seems like such a cool person on top of being so creative, like someone you would really just enjoy hanging out with. (That also comes through in the likeability of his characters.) It occurs to me I've been reading his books fairly consistently since the second grade (maybe just a bit of an early start) which equates to about 25 years. Rock on, Stephen!

  • Wood sy
    Wood sy 7 жыл бұрын +8

    Strange really, I know the books, I know the characters, but Stephen has always been a mystery for me. Thanks to the internet I now know a little about the man, and what I see and hear matches my mental image - it seems we share a similar fascination for ordinary folk, I love "people watching" and many King's characters have a beautiful "common" thread which I love.

  • Nora S.
    Nora S. 2 жыл бұрын +25

    I would have loved to hear him talk about The Long Walk!

    • Stephen Brady
      Stephen Brady 2 жыл бұрын +2

      I loved that story too! Reading it, I actually felt exhausted

    • Nattiexs
      Nattiexs 2 жыл бұрын +1

      My favorite!

    • Lilly
      Lilly 2 жыл бұрын +1

      So would I

    • Tagg
      Tagg 2 жыл бұрын +3

      @Nora S ....That makes two of us!

    • Bev McLaughlin
      Bev McLaughlin 2 жыл бұрын +2

      I loved that story!

  • Bloo Meth
    Bloo Meth 7 жыл бұрын +101

    Stephen is a Genius.

  • Susan Gearing-Edge
    Susan Gearing-Edge 2 жыл бұрын +1

    OMG, Stephen really could write about people being trapped in a washroom and have a hit novel with the tap of a key. What a treat to hear him read his own work. He is truly inspiring and surprisingly down to earth! Thank you Mr. King!

  • Brian Cherry
    Brian Cherry 2 жыл бұрын +3

    This is timely. I'm about half done revival. I also really loved The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. I think it doesn't get enough recognition.

  • Tellin it 4 Real
    Tellin it 4 Real 3 жыл бұрын +4

    Ah The Kingster , gotta love that guy . His wonderful descriptive way of writing always gives me a chuckle right before he twists my mind . I think it might have been in Lawn mower man when he described something as being " greener than the pee stains in an Irishmans underwear " That phrase has always stuck with me for some odd reason and cracked me up .

  • Butterfly
    Butterfly 2 жыл бұрын +2

    Do you know how fun it would be if a bunch of writers finished the ladies room story? It would be so cool to see a bunch of different directions that the story could go in.

  • Mora Frijmant
    Mora Frijmant  Жыл бұрын +4

    Час охриненого стендапа от Стивена Кинга.

  • Tim Correll
    Tim Correll  Жыл бұрын +2

    It’s so awesome to hear from Mr. King. Thanks!

  • Joyce C.
    Joyce C. 2 жыл бұрын +3

    I've been reading his books since, I was12. His books are better than his movies. I love Stephen King. His books have saved my life, more than once. I'd like to hear more audiobooks that are narrated by Stephen King. As, I'm getting older, my eyes get tired. I can visualize his stories as, he reads. Love You, Steve+

  • Teresa Mellett
    Teresa Mellett  Жыл бұрын +2

    Gotta love Stephen King 👑.I have all of his books. Best writer ever 😃.

  • Butterfly
    Butterfly 2 жыл бұрын +12

    The way he told that joke is a good representation of how reading his stories is haha

  • Geeked-OutTurtlesFan42
    Geeked-OutTurtlesFan42 9 ай бұрын +2

    Mr. King is such an incredible writer who just builds these characters with incredible descriptions behind his character, building a background and personalities with them that makes you love these people. He does the opposite when it comes to his villians, finding the fear that the villian of his story draws out of you (while you are reading whatever old and new novel he has) making you just stay up at night.
    Absolutely love reading his books because of that. Been a Long fan for 30+ years and IT is still my favorite SK novel. That's the book that made me a big fan.

  • powerslave69
    powerslave69 6 ай бұрын +1

    I can watch King all day giggling to the things he’s saying here coz he’s naturally so funny.

  • Rob Erskine
    Rob Erskine 2 жыл бұрын +2

    I have read all of Mr King's work and apart from 4 missing titles a bookcase of his mind has pride of place in my living room. Will be re-reading them all in timeline sequence as of this August. I hope being much older now they will grab me once again and some.

  • Pamela Gardner Isenhour
    Pamela Gardner Isenhour  Жыл бұрын +4

    1. The Stand
    2. Storm of the Century
    3. Rose Red
    4. Langoliers
    5. Pet Cemetery
    Top 5 books and movies.

  • Avid Non (get it)
    Avid Non (get it) 4 жыл бұрын +12

    Salem's Lot is my favorite. I mean there's many more, but, Man! I wish Stephen would write a follow-up to the two stories he's written about those vampires...

    • DanGerbitch Jones
      DanGerbitch Jones 2 жыл бұрын

      First SK book I ever read! I was, and still am, hooked. 😱

    • Old_Prune_Juice_82
      Old_Prune_Juice_82 3 жыл бұрын +3

      Indeed, that book is a riveting horror read

  • Lori Sharpe
    Lori Sharpe 2 жыл бұрын +3

    Stephen Kings books helped me make it through many years. Thank you for sweeping me away to a whole nother place.😜

  • DRM
    DRM 8 жыл бұрын +8

    I am speechless...He is the very best at what he does!

  • Andersson Dyke
    Andersson Dyke  Жыл бұрын +3

    The fact that he could mimic a St. Bernard's growl is so true to his character (no pun intended, since he's a writer).

  • Primus 777
    Primus 777 2 жыл бұрын +1

    How many individuals can give as much enjoyment to people as an accomplished Writer? Thank You Stephen for your lifes work. Keep it coming, Sir

  • Dallas Spires
    Dallas Spires 2 жыл бұрын +1

    It's always refreshing to hear him talk about writing the way old rock fans talk about guys like Tom Petty.

  • Johanna {NOT a christie Fan !}
    Johanna {NOT a christie Fan !} 3 жыл бұрын +2

    OMG!!!! Steve liked Annie Wilkes! LOVE it! Another villain who gets better treatment from an author than a certain Belgian detective got from an ARROGANT, ungrateful woman! Thank you, Stephen!

  • Disturbed 101
    Disturbed 101 3 жыл бұрын +4

    "It" was his first book i read, 14 years ago, scared the hell out of me 😅 read it 11 times since. My favorite writer ❤️

  • Gregg McGivern
    Gregg McGivern  Жыл бұрын +2

    He seems to channel the stories rather than make them up. Tge characters actually take on a life of themselves. As a visual artist I can feel what his process is as my art basically creates itself and I am the observer and conduit.

  • Miss Merry Berry
    Miss Merry Berry 4 жыл бұрын +9

    “ Carrie “, From the very beginning, I fell in love ❣️ with the writing. 📓🖊~Much appreciation, to Stephen King 📚 🙏🏽

  • Driven home
    Driven home 2 жыл бұрын +11

    One of my faves, short story, "The Long Walk". So sneaky it was, or maybe I should say sneaker. One of those books you have to read and put down and say "WTF" then read that page a few more times and start to laugh, a little laugh and say aloud "No way, no way!" The words slowly get shorter, the sentences get shorter and we can feel the pick up in the pace, till your eyes were tripping over the words, speed reading, trying to get to get to the finishing line, looking for hope, looking for relief, looking for a hero.
    Yes, that was one damn good read.

    • Katie.L Hall
      Katie.L Hall 2 жыл бұрын

      I convinced my mom to read that (she isn’t a Stephen King fan) she said it was good but too sad

    • Alejandra Llinás
      Alejandra Llinás 2 жыл бұрын +1

      just.. yes

  • Meadow Soprano
    Meadow Soprano 2 жыл бұрын +13

    This man has a real cult following and rock star popularity .He is so famous .No body compares to you Mr King ❤

    • Mike Roberts
      Mike Roberts  Жыл бұрын

      JK Rowling would beg to differ, as would Neil Gaiman.

  • E T
    E T 3 жыл бұрын +6

    We love you Stephen; you are an absolute genius!! 😘

  • Katherine Prongos
    Katherine Prongos 3 жыл бұрын

    King's talent for speaking to multitudes as though it were one to one is in itself a rare talent.

  • Big D Liquor
    Big D Liquor 3 жыл бұрын +1

    1:18:32 If you haven't Earth Abides is a great story to read if you love that sub genre. I didn't know about The Purple Cloud, however I always thought Earth Abides grew inspiration even before that with the The Last Man by Mary Shelley. Also another great read in my opinion. Excruciatingly slow at first but eventually picks up.

  • Daniel Aspiazo
    Daniel Aspiazo 2 жыл бұрын +2

    Brilliant speaker, brilliant writer. You gotta love Stephen King 👍👍👍👍

  • Mike Davis
    Mike Davis  Жыл бұрын +1

    Revival is one of my top books of all time. Long live Stephen King!

  • Moonfairy904
    Moonfairy904 2 жыл бұрын +4

    I’ve read many of his books, a lot of them more than once. My favorite by far is 11/22/63. I read it at least twice a year

  • JainCK
    JainCK 3 жыл бұрын +2

    It is a real treat to listen to this wonderful precious human great writer. I never thought in a million years that Stephen King would be one of my favourite authors. And then I read The Stand and I was hooked. These books have got me through some of the most awful times in my life and i was delighted to be able to go to another world and read about other people. You are a treasure Stephen King. Thanks for being you.

  • dfarmer1584
    dfarmer1584 5 жыл бұрын +4

    That was awesome. I love that guy. He's a national treasure.

  • Alexandra
    Alexandra 2 жыл бұрын +5

    I could watch him speak for hours and hours with a big smile.

  • Gary Venture
    Gary Venture 2 жыл бұрын +3

    If I were ever to meet Stephen King, for me to say the mere words, 'thank you', wouldn't be enough.
    I'd want to hang out with him for a month or two and bounce ideas around.

    • ilikethisalready
      ilikethisalready 2 жыл бұрын

      I want to sit and pick his brain to help me improve my own writing.

  • tommyt1971
    tommyt1971 2 жыл бұрын

    Got to see him speak about 3 yrs ago at Bard College near where I live and he was so damn cool. Had his son Owen there, they'd written Sleeping Beauties and they were telling stories about his research for Gerald's Game -- Owen "helped" him out. Got a signed copy of the book too!

  • Derek Holcomb
    Derek Holcomb 4 жыл бұрын +4

    If, like me, you loved The Stand, buy it on Audible. There's a version that's 44 hours long with a ton of added content. It feels like it's rambling a bit about 3/4 of the way through but it's only like one chapter that I didn't think, "they should never have edited this out". I wish they would do that for more of his books, especially The Dark Tower series. Stephen King is the fucking man!

    • PhillyJosh
      PhillyJosh 4 жыл бұрын

      Derek Holcomb Listening to it again for the 2nd time in a couple years. Amazing book and honestly I think it's my favorite book of his.

  • Brad Schaeffer
    Brad Schaeffer 4 жыл бұрын +3

    I love how his thought process works. Some people (like me) see a woman walk into restroom and go back to reading their magazine. He watches her and pretty soon eighty pages of a really freaky and intriguing story are the result. "Talent is what a man possesses. Genius is what possesses a man." He's one of the premier writers not just of our time but all time. I hope he lives for many many years. There are so many stories I'm sure he has yet to write.

    • Tina Marie Messiti
      Tina Marie Messiti 4 жыл бұрын +1

      I feel the same about King; I just pray he gets them all in print before his time comes (many, many years from now God willing). Although, chances of that are slim to none. I'm sure he'll be in the midst of a great book idea when the grim reaper comes to call. But, when that sad day arrives I hope they don't take any of his unfinished work and try to have someone else finish any of it because they would never be able to do it justice. No body does it like than Stephen King! His voice will be heard as long as there is someone around to hear it. I believe he has secured his spot in "Rock and Roll Heaven".

  • Robertino Yanzanny
    Robertino Yanzanny 5 жыл бұрын +10

    Met him in person during the filming of Maximum Overdrive in 1986 in Wilmington, NC. Down to earth plain friendly person.