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Mason Burkhart, Staff Writer

The man who is hunched over his typewriter, laughing hysterically is none other than Stephen King. King is the author of over 70 books, 200 short stories and holds the record for most films adapted into books (127). King is the man who brought worldwide favorites like IT, The Shining, Salems Lot, The Stand, Carrie, plus many more. King has been scaring generations for almost four decades and does not seem to be dropping the pen any time soon. To prove he still has it in him, King has published a new hit, Billy Summers. Billy Summers is a thriller novel about a sniper specialist who uses his skills to kill. But Summers will only kill if the target is truly bad. Summers wants out but has one more job he needs to take care of, but of course, since this is a Stephen King novel—everything goes wrong.  

         While Stephen King has been reviving the horror genre, he has also been expanding into different territories. While hits like Carrie (which wouldn’t be possible without his wife Tabitha) are a horror. He has several books that aren’t horror and explore different genres. For example, King explores supernatural fiction, drama, post-apocalyptic fiction, crime fiction, suspense, and thriller. Shawshank Redemption (from the book Different Seasons) is a King drama about a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank prison, despite his claims of innocence. This story is an example of  King’s diversity in different genres. King uses different emotions besides terror to entertain his audience. Exploring different genres like this allows him the freedom to tell stories through a majority of different characters’ personalities. This opens up the opportunity for him to dive deeper into character building so that he can engage with an audience on a more personal level.   

       King has been writing for many years. Most of his books have been published under his name, but several of his books have been published under the pen name Richard Bachman. In an article with https://mentalfloss.com, King explains that he came up with the name on the fly. A Richard Sparks book was on his desk, and a Bachman Turner Overdrive song was playing. Eventually, King decided to put the two together and created a pen name that he would later use to publish his first book called THINNER—published in 1984. This would sell 28,000 copies during its initial release. According to https://stephenking.fandom, a bookstore clerk named Steve Brown could not help but notice a similarity in King’s and Bachman’s writing styles. This eventually led people to talk until King eventually spilled the beans on his identity. Later on, Stephen King’s Thinner would shoot up in sales selling almost three million copies.

          King is still publishing books with a new one coming in 2022, Gwendy’s Final Task, a sequel to his 2017 Gwendy’s Button Box.