If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
– Stephen King
Like anything else that happens on its own, the act of writing is beyond currency. Money is great stuff to have, but when it comes to the act of creation, the best thing is not to think of money too much. It constipates the whole process.
I guess when you turn off the main road, you have to be prepared to see some funny houses.
It’s better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost.
I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.
We’ve switched from a culture that was interested in manufacturing, economics, politics – trying to play a serious part in the world – to a culture that’s really entertainment-based.
The devil’s voice is sweet to hear.
This is not a bad life.
And in real life endings aren’t always neat, whether they’re happy endings, or whether they’re sad endings.
Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.
I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and fries.
He had a massive stroke. He died with his tie on. Do you think that could be our generation’s equivalent of that old saying about dying with your boots on?
Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.
You can’t deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants.
A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we’re children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they’re scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it’s pretty much in the eye of the beholder.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
I can remember being home from school with tonsillitis and writing stories in bed to pass the time.
When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘one word at a time.’
Every book you pick up has its own lesson or lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones.
I never saw any of my dad’s stories. My mother said he had piles and piles of manuscripts.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.
I watched Titanic when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew that my IQ had been damaged.
Whatever came to mind, whatever came to hand, I would read.