A: Sometimes it starts with an image. With JOYLAND, I kept coming back to a boy in a wheelchair flying a kite on the beach. Eventually I looked farther down the beach and saw an amusement park. That image became JOYLAND, which is out now.
Q: My question is one that I'm sure everyone is wondering after The Wind Through The Keyhole. Will there ever be more Dark Tower books/stories? Do you ever feel you can ever really let this group go or will you always want to continue their journey?
A: I'll probably come back to them, sooner or later. I never seem to be able to leave the world of the Dark Tower. Congratulations on staying sober a day at a time, glad that my book inspired you.
Q: Hey, Mr. King. "Cell" ranks in my top five favorite novels from you. Last I heard, a film adaptation with Eli Roth directing was in the works. Are there still plans for bringing it to the big screen that you know of or perhaps a miniseries of some kind, such as on HBO?
A: I think John Cusack is going to make CELL.
Q: What is one of your favorite "old shoe" reads? One of those comfy books that a person returns to now and again for a warm revisit? Secret sweet-treat?
A: I'm apt to go back to the Dick Francis detective novels. I also go back to WATERSHIP DOWN. As far as treats go, I love fried dough. Also Hostess Sno-Balls, which of course they don't make anymore. Boo.
Q: So, a question: what is the relationship between The Regulators and Desperation? Was it just throwing off the covers of Bachman by naming everyone the same? Or is there more thematic connective tissue?
A: Desperation and the Regulators was like a reparatory theater where the same actors played different parts. I thought I would try that once to see what it was like to tell the story two different ways with the same people. I'm glad that my books helped with the pain during that part of your life.
Q: Have you thought about writing a sequel to ‘Danse Macabre’ (for the last 30 years of horror fiction)? I love the original.
A: I've been asked about a sequel to both DANSE MACABRE and ON WRITING, but I think one book on each subject is enough. Updating DM might be a good idea, though.
Q: Hi there! Rural New Englander here. As a child, I lived for a long time in middle-of-hell-nowhere Ossipee, New Hampshire, so it always seems to hit home when I read your stories. Do you feel that sudden violence or terror in these quiet little places stands out as more horrific than if it happened in a city? What is it about these places that make them so hard to place and strange?
A: I know Ossipee well, drive through there once or twice a month. I write about country places and people because it's where I grew up. Also, the more out of touch a place is, the more likely that strange things might happen and go unobserved by the outside world.
Q: What keeps you up at night?
A: not much, I usually send my fears on to my readers.
Q: My question is about your acting, believe it or not. How did you end up doing the segment as Jordy Verrill in Creepshow? My friends and I always loved how funny you were in that bit, especially considering you haven’t really done any acting before or since (outside of cameos in your own adaptations).
A: George Romero asked if I'd take a shot at playing Jordy. I said yes, with the caveat that he should fire me if the dailies looked bad. I never expected an Academy Award nod, and boy, was I right about that.
Q: Do you have any plans to write anything else set in the world of The Dark Tower? Perhaps something not related to Roland's Ka-tet? Additionally, how would you feel if someone else did such a thing? I'm thinking how other authors penned works in Lovecraft's universe.
A: I think you might be talking about fanfic. I have no control over that, and I understand the urge, but I think writers would be best served by creating new worlds.
Q: I think “Pet Cemetery” is one of the best Ramones songs from the later era. Joey seems to really be using the concept of your book as a metaphor to explore some of what he was feeling at the time. It breaks my heart. I know your a huge Ramones fan. What did you think of it, and what involvement did you have in the choice to get them involved? Love when you write about pop culture. even when I disagree I’m entertained.
A: I'm a huge Ramones fan, and my radio station got them to play a concert in Bangor. They put on a great rock and roll show. We had dinner afterwards, and talked about PET SEMATARY. The song followed. It was great. So was getting AC/DC involved in MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE.
Q: What actor or actress in one of your movie adaptations, do you feel most captured your own vision of the character?
A: Kathy Bates was a great Annie Wilkes.
A: I'd say the four boys who played the kids in STAND BY ME. River Phoenix was a standout.
Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as a storyteller?
A: I think the most important thing about storytelling is to let the characters lead, and not try to force them into things they don't want to do.
Q: Hi Mr. King. Thanks for being the favorite author of me and my dad and giving us great topics of conversation to have together. My question is: Who is your favorite musical act of all time and who are you currently listening to?
A: Favorite musical act of all time? Probably Creedence Clearwater Revival. But AC/DC is close...and The Temptations...the Stones...ah, man, don't get me started. Just not Led Zeppelin.
Q: All I'd like to ask is... What was, for you personally, the highest achievement of your career and what would you be doing if you wasn't an author?
A: If I wasn't writing, I'd probably be teaching school, but this is what I was meant to do. As far as high achievements, that's for other people to decide. I try to keep myself amused. Every day I do that is a good day.
Q: The Dark Tower series took you over 20 years to complete, 30 counting the last one. Did you feel like you somehow grew up with some of the characters like Roland, or that some of them started to become a part of yourself ?
A: Yes, I grew up with Roland. No doubt about it.
Q: What is one movie based on your novels that you really feel got it right?
A: The best thing I wrote for fil was the STORM OF THE CENTURY miniseries. That's one I still feel good about. You never get it all right, but we got most of it.
Q: Hi! Here's my first question: If you could move one of your book characters to real world and meet him/her, who would it be?
A: Not Annie Wilkes. I'd guess if I could move any character to the real world, it would be Danny Torrance in The Shining.
Q: In Sons of Anarchy. I love that he was named Bachman. I know Kurt Sutter approached you, but were you given any creative input into the character or did you just trust him to do you justice?
A: Kurt Sutter said "if you want to play a part in Sons of Anarchy, we'll put you on a big-ass motorcycle." and I said "I'm there." I didn't have any input - and I didn't want any input, he told me what the character would be and I said "terrific!"
Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
A: A little used idea shop in Pittsburgh. You sell them your soul, they give you ideas. :-)
Q: What's your favorite TV show?