In English 11, we’re reading “Children of the Corn,” a short story by Stephen King. The students are having fun reading horror near Halloween. I wanted to post some of the resources we’re using in class because, well, that’s what I do. I find them entertaining and educational.
The video bio is from 2002. Here is a link to a more comprehensive biography. Then, of course, there’s King’s On Writing, which is part autobiography and part writing inspiration. In 2003, King won the National Book Award.
National Book Award Speech
Now as for my remarks. The only person who understands how much this award means to me is my wife, Tabitha. I was a writer when I met her in 1967 but my only venue was the campus newspaper where I published a rude weekly column. It turned me into a bit of a celebrity but I was a poor one, scraping through college thanks to a jury-rigged package of loans and scholarships…https://www.nationalbook.org/tag/stephen-king/
This speech has stuck with me through the years. I love his subtle dig at the silly argument against recognizing King’s work as “literature.”
Why We Crave Horror Movies
I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better – and maybe not all that much better, after all. We’ve all known people who talk to themselves, people who sometimes squinch their faces into horrible grimaces when they believe no one is watching, people who have some hysterical fear – of snakes, the dark, the tight place, the long drop . . . and, of course, those final worms and grubs that are waiting so patiently underground….http://faculty.uml.edu/bmarshall/Lowell/whywecravehorrormovies.pdf
I love this essay, which was originally published in 1981 in Playboy. It’s old now, but it is still relevant. I love that it’s complex and simple at the same time.