From Stephen King (born 1947), American author, screenwriter, musician, columnist, actor, film producer and director, Different Seasons (1982), “The Body”:
The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.”
Ultimately, we may all be faced with a stark choice between good and evil. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:
In the summer of 1985 I was taking some college classes at a nearby university and working two part-time jobs. Most nights I was involved with a local martial arts club and on the weekends I would spend time with one of my two girlfriends. Although that last part may sound somewhat sordid, in reality, it was pretty harmless. The girls both knew of each other and understood I was taking some time to decide. Unfortunately for them, however, I left both behind upon meeting another gal that July. She is my wife today.
Looking back at those few months centered between the fall and spring seasons of that year, I believe it was the time in my life where I felt the most autonomous and carefree. It was also the summer that I read Stephen King’s, “The Stand”. Although the book was published as a hardcover in 1978, my version (which I still own) was the 1980 paperback edition that changed the story’s timeline to events beginning in June of 1985. Ironically, this was the very month when I started reading the book. The coincidence resonated with me at the time and was what I considered to be a universe-inspired “agreement”; a designation I picked up while reading Carlos Castaneda’s “Don Juan” some years before.
A classic novel of good versus evil, “The Stand” was also later produced as a television and comic series. It depicts the breakdown of American society following the inadvertent airborne dispensation of a mutant flu virus from a military laboratory in Texas. After a short while, the pandemic killed 99.4% of the global population. In America, the extant wandering individuals and scanty bands of straggling survivors began to coalesce while being preternaturally sifted by dreams of a 100+ year-old Negro woman from Nebraska as the representative of good; and a Caucasian man with long hair, wearing a denim jacket, blue jeans, and ever smiling, as the quintessential archetype of pure evil.
To continue reading: THE STAND: Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea
From Stephen King (born 1947), American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy:
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
From Stephen King (born 1947), American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (2000):
I think I was forty before I realized that almost every writer of fiction or poetry who has ever published a line has been accused by someone of wasting his or her God-given talent. If you write (or paint or dance or sculpt or sing, I suppose), someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that’s all.
From Stephen King (born 1947), American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy:
We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.