Last Friday, I had the privilege of hearing Stephen King speak to a 1,000 member audience in a Dallas suburb.
I was delighted to find him optimistic, charming and entertaining throughout his entire 45-minute event. Like so many established writers, King is not only a talented writer, but also a natural oral story-teller.
Fears and First Recognition
Dressed in a relaxed t-shirt and jeans, King began his talk by stating he most often gets asked what scares him. Good question. He replied that his fears include “spiders, snakes, the elevator in his hotel room and death.” Then he followed this subject by scaring us with the fact that “1 in 75 people will leave their homes unlocked allowing a psychopath to get in.” He said that probably 50 people in the audience had left their cars unlocked and how we might want to check our backseat before we got into our cars.Â This drew a laugh from the audience, though I’m sure some folks laughed with unease. He went on to talk about his life as a writer, recalling the first time he was ever recognized in public. He was in Pittsburgh promoting a little book called The Shining. There, the men’s room attendant recognized him and asked him for an autograph, all while Mr. King was, well, on the john.
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