10,000 Magazines, #9992
Forrest J. Aackerman's Monster Land, April 1985
Monster Land is -- well, the best. I love it! Forrest J. Ackerman was an early fan and collector of old horror props.
Magazine's are like time capsules Locked in the pages are reviews and all kinds of cultural references. There was a completely new Godzilla, and an article on the popular scifi television series "V." It was actually dreadfully bad, but when I was a kid I liked it.
Charles Grant's interview with King is a great peek in a young Stephen King. they discuss Tabitha King's writing, King's book Danse Macabre and Creepshow. The discussion also turns to what is now well worn ground: The Kubrick version of The Shining.
Grant also asked King if he would like to adapt one of his own works, and specifically asks about The Stand. King quickly responds with a hearty, "No." Interesting, since King did write the script for the mini-series of The Stand. "I'd like to do another feature," King says. "something long. God help me, I'd even like to do a novel for television. Everyone has their own sword planted int eh sand and they go by it twice a day and say, Sooner or later I must rush on that sword; disembowel myself. I think that's mine."
King goes on to say that he's convinced that network tv is still viable. And he's stuck to that conviction, sans Under The Dome. But then things get interesting as King begins to imagine the Dukes of Hazard as a horror flick. "If you give somebody enough time and get the audience involved in the characters, you can scare people," King said. "You could even scare people over programs like The Dukes of Hazard if you could kill off one of those creepy kids. Can you imagine the reaction of all those nerdy 11 or 12 year-olds sitting in front of their tvs watching The Dukes of Hazard and some 10 wheeler comes and just rams those duke boys right down!
When asked if there is a particular director he'd like to work with, King names Spielberg. 'i think that would be fun," King said. "I came very, very close to writing Poltergeist." WOE! i wish the interview had backed up at that point for some more info, because that movie was SCARY! And, not to mention there was that nasty creepy awful clown in Poltergeist. I wonder what the movie would have been like with a King script. Personally, I think I'm glad King didn't write that script.
King also says he would have liked to have worked with Don Siegel, the guy who did the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Which, by the way, is on Netflix this October.
|Stephen King, 1985|
Here are some of my favorite bits of the interview:
Grant: would you like to direct?
King: I'd like to do it once. I've always had the feeling i could probably do a horror picture and scare people. But that is yet to be proven. There comes a moment when you're writing, that you see something some other writer has done and been paid for and you say, "I know I an do better than that!" i don't know that I could do better than anybody else but sometimes I'd like to try it. I think it would be possible to really give people the tremors, send them out of the theater straight to an ambulance.
Grant: Which of your stories is your favorite?
King: Think my favorite novel is still Salem's Lot in terms of the way it makes me feel. I don't think it's the best but it's my favorite. As far as short stories are concerned, I like the grizzly ones best. however,r the story Survivor Type goes a little bit too far even for me. After 4 years of fruitless efforts to get the thing published, Charlie Grant bought the story.
Grant: Do you really think that story is funny?
King: I think it's hilarious! A guy cuts himself up and eats himself, piece by piece. It's the grossest thing you've read!
Grant: Why did I buy that?
King: You bought ti because of King's name!