Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers in the horror genre – he’s sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. His books are very similar to the style of H.P. Lovecraft, the father of the cosmic horror genre. It’s not the evil clowns, the ghosts, or monsters that make King’s books so scary, but their firm link to the society we live in. He uses three of the most basic literary devices – foreshadowing, callback, and payoff – to achieve his scare. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video. “The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years–if it ever did end– began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspapers floating down a gutter swollen with rain.” This is how Stephen King begins “It,” his 22nd novel, published in 1986. It’s a passage that really exemplifies what King does best: instantly engrossing you in the horrific and unknown. And it’s this unique ability that has made him one of the best-selling writers of our time, selling over 350 million copies worldwide and earning him the distinguished title of Master of… Read full this story
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