Aw, fuck it. You guessed it–it’s STEPHEN KING!

13 September 2012 by 34 Comments

I don’t actually know what the cat’s name is? I was really hoping one of you would know.

So, my plan originally was to keep revealing bits of this photo until Sunday, when I would make the big announcement that next week is STEPHEN KING WEEK! here at IB. However, you guys are some shrewd-ass people. “That is STEPHEN KING’S HAIR.” “That is STEPHEN KING’S NECK.” DANG, you guys. Dang.

So, fuck it. You know, I know you know–it’s official. Next week is Stephen King week! We will be posting something King-related every day: essays, a Death Match, a King-themed Reading Rage (by Amy!), a playlist by sj for a very special character in the Stephen King universe. It’s going to be a blasty-blast.

“But waaaaaaaaait, this is IB. Home of indie literary fiction. Why Stephen King week?!?!”

That’s an excellent question, thank you for asking. The truth is that, despite his claim that he’s the Big Mac and fries of the literary world, there’s just something special about Stephen King. Amy, sj, Mandy, and I (at the very least), all started reading Stephen King when we were way too young to be reading Stephen King. It’s one of the things we’ve bonded over, and even though we have all grown up and added more “serious” literature to our reading diet, King continues to occupy a special place in our hearts. So, we’re going to take the week and geek out over him, because that’s what we do best.

Also, it’s his 65th birthday next week–September 21, a week from tomorrow. What better week to celebrate the reigning horror champ? Don’t worry, though. We’re not losing our indie sensibilities.

SK week starts Monday the 17th. Love Stephen King as much as we do? Be here, or.. uh.. be fear? I need to work on that outro.



Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Book Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

34 thoughts on “Aw, fuck it. You guessed it–it’s STEPHEN KING!

  1. I totally guessed it was Stephen King, even though he is not wearing a Crazy Christmas Sweater, which is how I will FOREVER envision him after being at a live reading he did.

  2. I don’t think I’ve read anything of his that was published after 1990. I’m hoping you guys have recommendations for me. Except Dark Tower. No one say Dark Tower. I tried the Gunslinger, and now I’m gun shy.

  3. What is it about Stephen King that makes kids read his books at an inappropriately young age? I remember being, well.. 12 or younger since it was in our old house and sneaking The Shining off of my parents’ bookshelf and reading a bit every day. (I did this with “The Exorcist” too. Yikes!) After that I was obsessed. My mom freaked out and thought I was going to turn out to be A Bad Seed. To this day I love some of his books to pieces and know I need to make an effort to read even more since he has a huge library.

  4. Always been a big Stephen King fan, and when he happened to speak at my college a few years ago, I got there 3 hours early to make sure I had a good spot (and can you believe we were NOT the first people in line????). I’ll have to read something new (to me, at least) to review on my blog to celebrate his birthday!

    And if I had to choose a favorite, I have two. . .

    “The Long Walk” which is a short story. And “Gerald’s Game” which let me know how screwed up sexually King can be.

  5. I love his shorter stories because you never know whether the heroes are going to make it into the light… With his longer works there is always that feeling of investment so the last reel usually disappoints.

    Except for Pet Semetary of course, now there was a sleigh ride into the furnaces of hell… So for King as a horror writer that’d be my fave. That and The Man in the Black Suit.

    • I will confess – the only King I’ve read is some of his short stories (his longform poem in Playboy about two years ago was AMAZING, what quit looking at me like that) – and ON WRITING.

      ON WRITING is still the book I give to anyone who wants to write. Or be a creative professional. Genius.

  6. Stephen King Week!
    Can’t wait. Of course I even went to see the revival of the terrible musical version of Carrie a few months ago Off-Broadway. So all things KING are KING to me!

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  8. I am so glad I dropped in to find out about SK week. I just finished 11/22/63 and I think it is by far his best. It even made my cry.

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