Saturday, December 01, 2012
Stephen King's Debt to Horror Comics
PopMatters takes a look at how horror comic books has shaped the writing of the prolific bestselling author.
From the piece...
In Stephen King’s On Writing, he recounts exercises that involved copying text from the comics he was reading as a young man into the pages of a notebook. In his Danse Macabre, King discusses the role that his favorite horror comics played in the development of ‘Salem’s Lot, his 1975 novel about a community of vampires in a small Maine town. King’s early 1980s partnership with horror film icons George Romero and Tom Savini birthed Creepshow, a chilling comics-inspired horror movie built of vignettes about beyond-the-grave vengeance, insect infestations, and more. Spotted with humor as often as it is blood, Creepshow unravels just like early horror comics did, when "pacts with the devil and trips to hell" were common themes. Creepshow‘s opening sequence is mostly animated and the first “chapter” features King’s son Joe, who won the Eisner Award for his IDW comics and recently collaborated with his dad on 2012’s Road Rage comic series.