In this weekend’s issue of PARADE, Ken Tucker catches up with Stephen King, the rare author who has succeeded across genres—he has written best sellers as well as literary fiction—whose books have made the leap to film, TV, and the stage, and who has become a celebrity in his own right.
Read a few highlights from the interview HERE and be sure to check out the full story in this weekend’s issue of PARADE.
On whether he thinks he’ll be popular beyond his lifetime:
“Well, you really can’t worry about it. … Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books … because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. So maybe things like Salem’s Lot and The Shining might last, the Dark Tower books. … The idea of posterity for a writer is poison. … You do the best you can.”
On his main reason to keep writing:
“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.”
Behind the scenes video of the interview and photo shoot: