Last night I had the rare pleasure of chatting briefly with the single most influential living horror writer in the Western world, author Stephen King. King was the recipient of the 15th Annual Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award, a diamond-shaped trophy that King, upon receiving it, remarked would make a terrific murder weapon. Before he took the stage to receive the award in front of four hundred library patrons and employees, King spoke with me for a couple of minutes. He told me he reads FEARnet, which is where he learned about Carriers (reviewed here by our Scott Weinberg), the little-seen thriller starring Chris Pine that he praised last year in his Entertainment Weekly column. I then asked King if he was still planning a sequel to his masterpiece The Shining (as he'd mentioned in a past interview we reported on). He indicated that it's just a matter of finding the time in his busy schedule to do so.
"I'd still like to write the Shining sequel," he told me. "I'd like to write another Dark Tower book too."
"And I'd like to walk on the moon," he added with a grin, "but I don't know if I'll get to do that either."
I also asked King what he knew about Haven, the upcoming SyFy series based on The Colorado Kid, his 2005 novella. He said he didn't know much about it, indicating he wasn't involved in the production.
"It looks like The X-Files," he said. "I don't think it looks like The Colorado Kid."
I congratulated King on receiving the evening's prestigious honor and he thanked me for coming to the ceremony. As he took the stage, King, nattily attired in jacket and tie, informed the audience they were receiving a rare treat.
"I've been in a suit once in fourteen months," he laughed.
Along with his trophy, King received an honorarium of ten thousand dollars. He said that before flying out to LA he'd asked his wife, Tabitha – a member of the board of trustees for the Bangor Public Library – what he should do with the money. She told him to "Give it to the library," an institution that King credited for his career.
"So it's staying in the family," he said.
Photos by Sophia Quach