April 22, 1989 |
In Pet Sematary - whose masterminds are in no danger of winning a spelling bee, let alone an Oscar nomination - Stephen King makes a cameo appearance as a minister at a graveside service. He should have heeded the proverbial advice and let sleeping dogs lie. In the uneven range of King novels that have been brought to the screen - from Brian De Palma's flashy version of Carrie (1976) and Stanley Kubrick's quixotic view of The Shining (1980) to such dreary outings as Cujo (1983)
September 25, 2003 |
The decision to give the National Book Foundation's annual award for "distinguished contribution" to Stephen King is extraordinary, another low in the shocking process of dumbing down our cultural life. I've described King in the past as a writer of penny dreadfuls, but perhaps even that is too kind. He shares nothing with Edgar Allan Poe. What he is is an immensely inadequate writer, on a sentence-by-sentence, paragraph-by-paragraph, book-by-book basis. The publishing industry has stooped terribly low to bestow on King a lifetime award that has previously gone to the novelists Saul Bellow and Philip Roth and to playwright Arthur Miller.
May 13, 1988 |
Take more blood than would fill a freight car, add a few hundred pounds of mucus and enough gross-out thrills for a barf convention, and you'd anticipate the ultimate horror novel in Stinger by Robert R. McCammon (Pocket Books, $4.95). Wince City, right? However, it's so filled with disgusting stuff that it also might turn into the ultimate hoot. It's a tale of extraterrestrial challenge in a depressed Texas town, wherein a tough Anglo grows sweet on a pretty Chicana, while a hard-bitten matriarch finds sterling qualities in a craven lawman.
December 16, 2003 |
The personas of Shawnee midfielder Stephen King on the soccer field and off are at odds. But he has refused to change drastically for the sake of fulfilling an athletic stereotype. What King has shown during his brilliant career is that leaders come in different packages. On the soccer field, he doesn't demand the ball so much as take it in the flow of action. He isn't one to rile teammates with pregame oratory, but once the play begins, he comes out of his shell. That is when King exhibits the all-around skills that have enabled him to be named The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year for a second straight season.
June 24, 2013 |
Maybe the small screen just can't hold the colossal imagination of Stephen King. Some memorable films - The Shining , The Shawshank Redemption , Stand By Me - have been adapted from the work of the freakishly prolific author. But he hasn't generally translated as well to television, as evidenced by dreary miniseries like The Tommyknockers , The Langoliers, and Bag of Bones . Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has a similarly disappointing track record in the domestic medium ( Taken , Terra Nova , Smash )
December 22, 1992 |
DOLORES CLAIBORNE Fiction. By Stephen King Viking. $23.50 The inside cover of the advance reviewer's copy of Dolores Claiborne confidently announces: "Stephen King's next bestseller. " Which is kind of like saying to the reviewer: "You don't like this book? Who cares?" Right. It doesn't mean anything that I had mixed feelings about King's previous bestseller, Gerald's Game, which was more literary stunt than satisfying read: Wife is handcuffed to bed by S&M husband, who just happens to lie dead beside the bed. Three hundred pages about being handcuffed to a bed?
May 27, 1993 |
The stars' musical abilities ranged from bad to awful. Tacky rock cliches - from decorative backup singers to trousers-dropping - were employed with abandon. Mayor Rendell praised the concert beforehand for raising money for literacy charities, then quickly added, "But I'm not staying for the show. " The Rock Bottom Remainders are a group of rock-star wannabes who just happen to be well-known writers - lead guitarist/humorist Dave Barry (who fronted the local band Federal Duck while a student at Haverford College)
June 24, 1988 |
Who else could get away with a title like Misery (Signet, $4.95) and turn it into an instant best seller? Stephen King, of course, the man who writes more positive blurbs for fellow horrorists than anyone else on our troubled planet. King is not only mega-popular, he is getting better - his prose tighter and more energetic - than ever. Be warned, however, that this is a relentless tale of torture. A popular novelist (gee, guess who?) has a car accident and is hidden away and nursed by a psychopath.
February 5, 2009 |
E! ONLINE got an early peek at Stephen King's interview with USA Weekend and the horror master is obviously at the stage of his career and life when he just doesn't give a s---. It's so refreshing to hear one best-seller crap on another. Asked about the huge success of the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" series, King analyzed the talents of the two creators. "The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can't write worth a darn," King said.