Stephen King: Neil Gaiman for old people.

Did … did you just call me old?

I’m old so I can make those jokes. (?)

Yes, yes you can. I can as well, but apparently I’m terrible at making jokes; based on the number of followers I just lost. There was truly no slight to Neil Gaiman intended.


I’m reading a list of all of Stephen King’s novels ranked from lowest to highest and I just keep making angry faces and shaking my head because I disagree with how low some of these are and the negative opinions written about them lol

Yes. I had to stop reading that list! I may be slightly biased though. ;)

Stephen King and the 3 Types


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 MacabreStephen 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.”[5]

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! 

You're writing is very inspirational to me. Horns is my absolutely favorite novel and I was curious if there's ever a chance for a sequel?


At one time I thought HORNS might be the first of several stories about Ig Perrish. While I’d never say never, there are currently no plans to write the sequel, A LI’L TAIL.

And, yes, that was the actual title.

Maybe I’ll do it sometime as a comic book.

A Li’l Tail!

This must happen.