Skip to comments.Stephen King Calls the Trump Presidency ‘Scarier’ Than Any of His Novels — Watch
Posted on 07/13/2019 6:27:36 PM PDT by EdnaMode
With Midsommar earning raves and performing well at the box office, horror has never been hotter. And if, as Justin Chang argued in the Los Angeles Times back in 2017, horror has become the defining genre of the Trump presidency, then Stephen King is its patron saint. The master of horrors many works have seen renewed interest thanks to a slew of successful adaptations, from the box office record-breaker It, to its much-hyped follow-up It: Chapter Two, and many more projects currently in the works. And while the master of horror certainly is the king of scary set-ups, he says theres one scenario so terrifying even he couldnt improve upon it: Donald Trumps presidency.
During an interview with NowThisNews, King laughed after being asked whether he thought the Trump presidency was scarier than one of his novels. Short answer to that is, yes, I do. I do think its scarier, he said.
However, King did concede that he predicted a similar authoritarian figure with similarities to the president might come to power in his 1979 book The Dead Zone, later adapted into a film by David Cronenberg in 1983.
I was sort of convinced that it was possible that a politician would arise who was so outside the mainstream and so willing to say anything that he would capture the imaginations of the American people, he said.
The Dead Zone features a power-hungry businessman-turned-politician named Greg Stillson, played by Martin Sheen. King described the character as someone who said crazy stuff that nobody would possibly believe or so we thought, until Donald Trump came along.
My worry at the time that I wrote The Dead Zone was that somebody like Greg Stillson might actually get elected and rise through the ranks, become president of the United States and start World War III, King added. But we do seem to have a Greg Stillson as president of the United States.
Watch the full interview with King below.
This from a man who wrote about child torture, child sex, and abuse at the hand of a caregiver? Monsters and demons that feed off people?
You can always tell a great leader by the shrieks of the freaks....
Take another hike along your country road King.
His novels sucked. NONE were scary.
“Shrieks of the freaks...”
I like that!
Shh!! No one is supposed to realize that and we’re all supposed to be in awe of his great talent and overlook all that.
Didn’t seem VERY young teen in IT have sex with like 5 boys in the novel?
Stevie went off the rails a long time ago.
Dumb and Dumber was scarier that It.
He had a couple of good stories. But mostly he’s overrated, and uses supernatural evil as a crutch.
scarier for liberals, NK, Iran, the clinton’s, Obama, and others
This man writes fiction what does he know about real life any more than a average person?
Is Stephen King drinking again?
I hate his writing. Weak.
I gave up on him in the latter part of the 1990s just from the tone of his books. Then his craziness started with buying the local radio station just to boot off Limbaugh or the like.
I don’t know about that Jordy.....
Does anyone actually listen to these retards anymore?
Someone must be paying these celebrities to make these anti-Trump statements. George Soros?
You would think that being hit by a car would give him some perspective on life.
The insane hate the Dems have created over Trump is pathetic to behold.
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