Stephen King: unmasking the King of Horror

Get to know the writer who revolutionized the horror genre

Stars Insider

21/09/22 | StarsInsider

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The name Stephen King is synonymous with the horror genre. It's the name of one of the world's best-known and best-selling authors, but how did he achieve this while primarily writing within one of the less popular genres? King's exceptional talent for capturing the complexities and darkness of human nature is what set his books apart. In addition to his uniquely twisted and horrifying ideas, he writes his characters with a deep level of empathy that heightens the stakes for the reader. After all, if we don't care about the characters, why would be invested in their fate?

One of the most prolific writers of his generation, King is also prolific with his adaptations. Countless novels by the master of the macabre have been turned into fantastic movies, spreading his influence from literature to film. From 'The Shining' (1980) to 'It' (2017), King has been churning out genre-defining box-office hits for decades, and he shows no sign of slowing down.

So, who is the man who came up with characters like Pennywise and Annie Wilkes? Click through this gallery to get to know the King of Horror.

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