Stephen King Talks ‘Joyland’, His New Non-Horror Novel

“I’ve been typed as a horror writer but I never saw myself that way"

Despite the fact that author Stephen King has written books in many different genres, he is primarily thought of as a horror writer. But, despite his reputation for horror, he is happy to talk about the forthcoming release of his new non-horror novel Joyland which hits stores next month. King sat down with Parade magazine to talk about his work and Joyland in particular, giving us a rare peek into the mind of one of America’s most beloved novelists. Read on for excerpts from this new interview.

On the fact that Joyland, his new book, isn’t a horror novel:
“I’ve been typed as a horror writer … but I never saw myself that way. I just saw myself as a novelist. With Joyland, I wanted to try my hand at the whodunit format.”

On his daily writing regimen:
“I wrote 1,500 words this morning. Five pages a day, that’s usually what I get through.”

On why he and his two novelist sons show their work to his wife, Tabitha:
“She’ll say, ‘Here, you’ve done this before. This sucks. This is dumb.’ There’s no soft landing with Tabby, and that’s fine. [My sons] both dedicated their first novels to her, so it means a lot.”

On the current TV shows he enjoys:
“Justified, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead. The best show of the year is The Americans. I don’t watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch Revenge. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes.”

On whether he thinks he’ll be popular beyond his lifetime:
“Well, you really can’t worry about it. … Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books … because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. So maybe things like Salem’s Lot and The Shining might last, the Dark Tower books. … The idea of posterity for a writer is poison. … You do the best you can.”

On his main reason to keep writing:
“The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, ‘Never forget, we sell fun.’ That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.”

You can read the full interview online HERE. I have been a HUGE Stephen King fan pretty much my whole life. He was the first author that I fell in love with. In junior high school, I read almost everything he wrote up to that point — my fave at the time was Pet Semetary (which I read before the book got turned into a pretty decent movie). His short story which became The Shawshank Redemption is definitely a favorite of mine so, yeah, I like King‘s non-horror work, too. I’m excited that his novel Under the Dome has been turned into a TV series, set for air this summer. I learned all the best swear words from reading Stephen King so he holds a special place in my heart. Joyland comes out on June 4, I’ll be sure to download a copy to my Kindle.

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  1. I loved reading this article. I just really enjoy Stephen King, both him and his writing. His comment about Mad Men and Revenge cracked me up!

  2. Christina

    Trent, your last paragraph pretty much describes my love of King and his works. My mom is a huge fan, so I started reading his book at an early age (and I agree; he comes up with the greatest curse words!). Did you ever read The Bachman Books? The Long Walk scared the bejeebus out of me when I was younger, LOL. Really messed with me mentally (in a good way, of course).

    I’m glad to find another SK fan out there. :-)

  3. Steve

    According to King, this will not have an ebook release for now. Your Kindle gets to take a break for this one, as does my Nook.

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