US horror novelist and screenwriter
wrote novels "Carrie" 1974, "Salem's Lot" 1975, "The Shining" 1976, "The Stand" 1978, "Firestarter" 1980, "Pet Sematary" 1983, "Misery" 1987, "The Tommyknockers" 1987, "Insomnia" 1994, "Rose Madder" 1995, "The Regulators" 1996 (under pseudonym Richard Bachman), "Desperation" 1996, "Bag of Bones" 1998, serialized novel "The Green Mile" 1996
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- "Each life makes its own immitation of immortality."
- "His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path."
- "The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it's when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead waking up and walking around, it's when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It's when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there's nothing there..."
- "You couldn't get hold of the things you'd done and turn them right again. Such a power might be given to the gods, but it was not given to women and men, and that was probably a good thing. Had it been otherwise, people would probably die of old age still trying to rewrite their teens."
- "You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants."