Stephen King and The Stand
Growing up with Stephen King (reading his work—he’s not my dad) made me realize how lucky I am to be writing horror at this moment. It would be the equivalent of being a playwright in the time of William Shakespeare. King has transcended the genre, almost becoming his own. In the early days, many literary snobs looked down their nose at the master of horror (and many still do). They thought he was unrefined, grotesque and a “Big Mac” in an industry serving filet minion. That’s what they thought. Decades later with millions of books sold, King has earned his place in literary history.
As many of you know, Stephen King is a huge influence on me. I don’t hide from that. I began by trying to emulate his voice and now (I think) I have my own. But like a guitarist in 2014 who owes his licks to the blues masters of the mid-twentieth century, I pay homage to an originator. In fact, we’ve done an entire episode this week on The Horror Writers Podcast dedicated to Pet Sematary.
I’ve decided to honor my influences by sharing them with you. Starting today, I will be offering regular giveaways. These will include (but are not limited to) hardcover versions by some of my favorite authors; Stephen King, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft and more.
There is no catch. You enter the contest and I’ll email you the winners when it ends. If you are a winner, the prize will show up at your door. That’s it.
Let’s kick this off with a first edition hardcover of King’s masterpiece, The Stand. This is the “complete & uncut” version first published in 1990 by Doubleday.
Here’s to hoping these gifts will inspire the next generation of horror fans and writers.