so here is what i think: the quote we’re all talking about may actually be from an interview talking about Danse, as neither i nor kings quotes could find the exact quote in physical or digital copies of the book HOWEVER the subject is definitely covered in Danse.
below are the results of my searching the web…
In his non-fiction book Danse Macabre, Stephen King elaborated on the themes of terror and horror, also adding a third element which he referred to as “revulsion.” He describes terror as “the finest element” of the three, and the one he strives hardest to maintain in his own writing. Citing many examples, he defines “terror” as the suspenseful moment in horror before the actual monster is revealed. “Horror,” King writes, is that moment at which one sees the creature/aberration that causes the terror or suspense, a “shock value.” King finally compares “revulsion” with the gag-reflex, a bottom-level, cheap gimmick which he admits he often resorts to in his own fiction if necessary, confessing:
“I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.”
The above is from the wiki article on Horror and Terror
then there’s this from Goodreads
and lastly we have this:
the above link is a PDF of Danse Macabre, and if you search for terror or horror you will come upon paragraph after paragraph on the subject, you can also search “gross out” and you’ll find what you’re looking for
hey kings quotes hope this helps the Anon and you! wooooooooo!
Just saw this! Wow, thank you so much for the research!