In 1989, during an interview on The Public Radio Book Show, Stephen King reflected on childhood with host Thomas Smith. It’s gone on to be one of the bestselling author’s most poignant and celebrated appearances; King’s candor and insight both proved that he’s a writer extremely in tune with multiple, sometimes conflicting concepts (like evil and innocents).
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The folks at Blank on Blank created an illustrated version of King’s speech on childhood, adding tasteful animated elements over the narration. It brings the author’s words to life while adding resonance and impact. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
The video opens with King’s reflection on childhood, as he witnessed a little girl lost in her own world of imaginary people while realizing that it was not only very close to what he does as a writer but something that would get him locked away if he did it in public. King also shared a few thoughts on why the minds of adults are so different from those of children, while once again clarifying that his predilections toward horror were not born out of some childhood trauma that he suffered.
Official Synopsis: “The things that really scare us are the things that are going on just outside the spotlight that you can’t quite see” – Stephen King on October 22, 1989. The author takes us on a journey back to his childhood and the roots for his decades crafting memorable horror fiction.
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