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(The Province, Dienstag, 22. April 1997)

By. Luaine Lee Knight-Ridder


Writing isn't a lonely endeavor for author Stephen King. Not only does he have lots of money to keep him company, he welcomes a congregation of characters that crowd his study everyday.

"For me (writing) has always been a way out. And I think that, in a sense, when I'm writing, I'm never alone because I go through to that other place," says King - the creator of more than 30 worldwide bestsellers. "There are all kinds of interesting people to play with, new things to see and new places to be." The best part of writing, says King, "is that there is this feeling of being so happy to find the world populated with people who don't really exist. And they don't lock you up for it, they give you money for it." Boy, do they! he can't write a shopping list without it riding the New York Bestseller list for 10 weeks. The author of spooky tales like Carrie, The Stand, Misery and The Green Mile, will see his The Shining return to film.


Only this time it will be on television in an ABC three-parter debuting Sunday.

Of course, the feature film was done in 1980 with Jack Nicholson gnawing the scenery and using the new famous "He-e-e-er's Jonny" line -- something King never wrote. At the time, King was vocal about his disapointment with the Stanley Kubrick directed movie. Now he's not so candid. "In order to get this project off the ground, a deal was made between three parties. There was me. There was Warner Bros. (the production company). There was Stanley Kubrick and one of Stanley Kubrick's stipulations, in order to make the thing happen was that I would not talk aobut his version of the film. So I don't. I can't. If you ask me about it I'll say, "No comment." King flew from his home in Bangor Maine, to do this interview even though he hates to fly. "There's no break-down lane up there. If it stops, it's over, forget it. You don't ahve a chance, you're done. So I'm thinking to myself, "I'm doing this, I hate to do this, and I'm flying 3,000 miles to say, 'No comment.' This time, the film will deal more with the dysfunctional, alchoholic undertow of the family. Does that relate directly to King? "All I can say is, people write best about what they know. And I know this subject from both ends. I thinkt hat's about all I want to say about that..." The story also deals with fatherhood. King's father disapeared when the boy was two years old. "I've written a lot about fathers in my fiction," say King, "And maybe in some sort of imaginative way I'm searching for him or maby that's just a lot of horse----, I don't know." When kind wrote hte novel he was in his late 20s and the father of two children. (He now has three.) "And one of the things that I was really horrified to find out as a young father was that noe all my feelings were the sort of thinsg I'd seen on Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best." "I was encountering fatherhood from my end and I'd never experienced it from any other end -- that is, being a child and having a father and going on fishing trips and all the rest of the stuff. So I was really sort of surprised to find that there were times when I felt like I wanted to kick some ki's butt and I was saying, "Jeez, Rober Young never would have felt this way; Ozzie Nelson never would have felt this way'"


King admits that he likes to scare people.

"And I like to make people laugh, I like to entertain people." "At some point, you know, I got this reputation of being America's scaremeister or shockmeister, horrormeister. I don't know why I have to be a 'meister once they get into the genre but somehow I've always been. It's true I've written some scarey things." "But I've also written some other things , too, like Shawshank Redemption and The Body, which became Stand By Me. But you get that reputation and you've got it for hte rest of your life." The 49 year-old writer remembers how he first got hte idea for The Shining. He and his wife were away for the weekend for the first time since they'd become parents. They flew to the Stanley HOtel in Estes Park, Colorado. "We went past this sign that said, 'Road may be closed after October,' and I said 'Woah, wait a minute. Something's happening here..We got there and it was like the last day of the season." He and his wife were the only guests in the hotel that night. "The wind was high and one of hte shutters had come unanchored and was clapping against the side of the building. The orchestra was still there and they were playing. Except for our table, all the chairs were up and on the tables. So the music is echoing down the hall and, I mean, it wasl ike God had put me there to hear and see those things. And by the time I went to bed that night I had the whole book in my mind." The miniseries was actually filmed in that old hotel.

Quelle: The Province, Dienstag, 22. April 1997
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