Gaiman on King: New (ish) UK Sunday Times Interview

Nerfing around on Neil Gaiman's blog, as I am wont to do, I found this lovely little nugget in which Gaiman describes his reading relationship with Stephen King, beginning with Salem's Lot. It's in the intro to an interview he conducted with King in an April edition of the UK Sunday Times.

Dropping said nugget here because it is precisely how I felt -- and continue to feel -- about King, who continues to be my hero (even after I cried all over him in Atlanta that one time). Anyway, what Gaiman said:




"After that I bought everything King wrote as it came out. Some books were great, and some weren't. It was okay. I trusted him."

By god, that nailed it. The reason I love Stephen King is because I trust Stephen King. Because that man writes true. Sure, sometimes it's also meh (Duma Key) and sometimes magnificent (11/22/63), but always true. And that seems pretty damned important in terms of a writer's goals. Sure, story is king but truth is CEO; it's what keeps the whole shebang running. 

Anyway. There were other chunky nugs o love in that post, like Gaiman's descriptions of the various iterations of King as encountered over the decades. Read the whole interview here.

So which King did you read first? I think for me it might have been IT. Hurm...

4 comments:

Lizard301 | June 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Eyes of the Dragon, on recommendation of my father. Still, hands down, one of my all-time faves. :)

vbtremper | June 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Okay, don't hate me, but I have only read King's The Colorado Kid. I saw Christine and Carrie as a teen and realized that's just not my genre. But my hubs has read everything by King. Does that count?

-Vicki

Tamara Narayan | August 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Thanks for the link to that interview. Salem's Lot was my first (around age nine). I actually liked Duma Key a lot more the second time I read it. My least favorite of all is probably Gerald's Game. Only read that one once. Top fave is probably Lisey's Story.

Zoe C. Courtman | August 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Thanks for the comments, y'all. L, Eyes of the Dragon is DEFINITELY one of the good ones. In that vein, so is Black House (and The Talisman, natch). Vicki - I couldn't hate you if I tried ;D And King by osmosis definitely counts :) (But try 11/22/63. You'll heart it, cuz it ain't horror.) Tamara - lurved 'Salem's Lot, too. sigh. Both Gerald's Game and Lisey's Story were meh for me, but read the shit outta them anyway :D

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