What Makes Stephen King Such a Good Author?



Carter Larson, Staff Writer/ Photographer

“Monsters are real, and ghosts too, they all live inside us, and sometimes, they win,” -Stephen King.


Stephen King is one of the best known suspense authors of all time. He has published 61 books throughout his writing career, with some of his most well known being Carrie (1974), The Shining (1977), The Stand (1978), The Green Mile (1996), The Shawshank Redemption (1982), IT (1986), and many more.

Many of his books have also been made into movies and TV series. Some current movies and TV shows include The Outsider, Doctor Sleep, and IT.


One thing many people notice about King’s books is the deeper meaning behind the stories. Many of his stories have to do with addiction, fear, being wrongly accused, and battles between good and evil. 

Despite being a very popular and successful author many people cannot handle King’s writing. 


This is because of how real it is. It touches a moment of their past that was painful, and his stories can make these moments resurface. Others cannot handle his reading because they believe it’s just too creepy and dark. 


Stephen King released a memoir called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in 2000. In this book he talks about his early days of writing, his process, and gives tips on how to write. 


One of the things that stuck out in this book is how vital it is to leave room for the imagination while writing. 


He says that if a writer tells you what everything specifically is that isn’t a story, that’s an “instruction manual.” 


He also says, “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.”


King also uses many interesting descriptions and words in his books to really draw the reader in and make them feel like they are in the story.


“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over it. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” 

-Stephen King