Check out the full interview with King in Parade Magazine.
You’ve said you weren’t sure you would be popular beyond your lifetime. What did you mean?
Well, you really can’t worry about it. First of all, I’ll be gone, so it isn’t like I’ll be sitting in the peanut gallery looking to see what people down in the pit are thinking about what I wrote. Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books, they seem to get handed down father to son, mother to daughter. Because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. So maybe things like Salem’s Lotand The Shining might last, the Dark Tower books. I don’t know.
Somebody asked Somerset Maugham about his place in the pantheon of writers, and he said, “I’m in the very front row of the second rate.” I’m sort of haunted by that. You do the best you can. The idea of posterity for a writer is poison, don’t you think so?
At this point in your career, what’s the main reason to get up and compose your daily 1,500 words?
The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, “Never forget, we sell fun.” That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.
Read the rest of the interview HERE.