Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King

There are few writers today who have influenced popular culture more than Stephen King, from his iconic novels and stories to the movies that have been inspired by them, including Carrie, The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me, It, Cujo, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and so many more. Now, in this all-new special edition from Entertainment Weekly, The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King, you’ll be able to delve into the world of the master storyteller. Go behind the scenes to find out exactly how King’s stories travel from page to screen. We delve deep into his greatest film hits and review his 25 scariest moments from books, TV and movies. Between three in-depth essays, we examine his many compelling heroines, speak to the child actor stars of “bad seed” kids, and discuss why King’s stories have such an enduring legacy. Plus, an index listing all of the works the godfather of horror has written. Filled with photos from his life, his movies, and his book covers, The Ultimate Guide to Stephen King is a must-have for every fan of this beloved writer.

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photo credits

COVER It: Marco Grob/Warner Bros.; insets from left: Warner Bros./Kobal/Shutterstock; Michael Weinstein/Castle Rock Entertainment; Merrick Morton; United Artists/Kobal/Shutterstock; Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock; BACK COVER Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images; Pg 1 Kerry Hayes/Paramount; Pg 2-3 Warner Bros./Photofest; Pg 4-5 Robert Sammelin; Pg 6-7 Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros.; Pg 8-9 top left: Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros.; Warner Bros. (2); Pg 10-11 Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. (3); Pg 12-13 Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. (2); Pg 14-15 Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Pg 16-17 Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. (3) Pg 18-19 Pennywise: Marco Grob/Warner Bros.; Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. (2); Pg 20-21 Warner Bros and New Line Cinema (4); sketches: Andy Muschietti (2); Pg 22-23 background: iStockphoto/Getty Images; 1: Alamy; 2: ABC/Everett Collection; 3: Paramount/Getty Images; 4: Michael Weinstein; 5: Columbia/Photofest; Pg 24-25 Robert Sammelin; Pg 26-27 MPTV; Pg 28-29 Spacek and Laurie:…

5 min.
secrets best left buried

KING HAS A COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP WITH Pet Sematary. Over the decades the storyteller has done a lot of monstrous things to a lot of people in his novels, but the rumor persists that he thinks Pet Sematary crossed a line and that it’s too morbid and troubling. It turns out all of that is true—and so is a lot of what happens in the book. That’s why it bothers him. There’s this mythology surrounding Pet Sematary, that it was too scary to publish—was there something to that? [Laughs] No, I mean it’s true. I listened to it last year when I was down here in Florida walking on the beach with the dog. Michael C. Hall [of Dexter] did the audiobook. I was curious about it. You know, I hadn’t been…

2 min.
the shawshank redemption

EARLY IN HIS CAREER, STEPHEN KING LET IT be known that he would sell the rights to his work to aspiring young filmmakers interested in noncommercial films for only $1. Then just 20 years old, Frank Darabont wrote a letter to the author about adapting the short story “The Woman in the Room.” King agreed, and Darabont launched his career with the 1983 short about a man wrestling over a difficult decision regarding his mother. A decade later Darabont was an established screenwriter looking for his first major directorial project. He chose “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption,” a novella from King’s collection Different Seasons. Set almost entirely within the walls of Shawshank State Prison, it’s a tangent-filled tall tale following convicted killer Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) through the horrors of incarceration,…

3 min.
it all connects

Delve into any Stephen King novel, and at some point you’ll likely find a secret passageway into another. His 1986 epic It is a perfect nexus—not only does the terrifying novel reference books that came before, but characters and places from It also turn up again and again in subsequent stories. Here are just a few of the connections from It to King’s broader carnival of twisted tales. As the author himself has acknowledged, “It’s sort of like Stephen King World, the malevolent version of Disney World.” But how? Here, we unravel the web. 1. THE SHINING (1976) Dick Hallorann, the cook from the Overlook Hotel, appears as a young soldier in a flashback scene in It, in which Derry’s racist residents burn down a black dance club full of servicemen during Prohibition.…

2 min.
the green mile

A TOWERING AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN IS discovered attempting to heal the victims of a brutal double rape and murder. His name is John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), and in the Depression-era South, his presence at the crime scene is enough to see him convicted and sent to death row to await the electric chair. But Coffey’s unusual gifts and his meek and gentle nature prompt prison guard Paul Edge-comb (Tom Hanks) to question his guilt. His encounters with the doomed inmate have profound implications for Edgecomb himself—his life is forever altered. There’s been no attempt to remake The Green Mile—maybe because everyone involved got it right the first time. Even King, upon the film’s release in 1999, called it “great Hollywood entertainment, full of character, life and wonder.” But making that perfect…

7 min.
25 scariest moments

LET’S BE HONEST. THE PROM SCENE FROM Carrie and literally any clown appearance in It are scarier than any five Saw, two Paranormal Activity and a Blair Witch Project combined. King’s creative output spans galaxies of grotesquerie and freaky terror, with monsters that run the gamut from otherworldly to terrifyingly human to reminds-you-way-too-much-of-some-one-you-know. Selecting 25 moments from his impressive catalog is no easy feat—creating this list meant that whole epochs of King-conceived horror ended up on the cutting-room floor. We set out to highlight some lesser-known but still stellar scenes, choosing just one moment to represent each project. It is entirely possible, though, that a couple of King’s greatest hits landed at the top of the roster (“Here’s Johnny!”). 9 CREEPSHOW One of the anthology film’s most memorable moments is complete with…