As far as I know Stephen King and Thomas Kinkade never collaborated. I could imagine the painting above being a cover to a Stephen King novel. With the passing of the painter of light, I am left wondering what book would have best fit Kinkade. Think book covers in particular.
1. The Body.
2. Duma Key. A set of houses beautifully sit along the Florida Keys.
3. Bag of Bones. A small cottage by the lake – you can see it, right?
4. Needful Things. Small town where everything looks “all right.” But imagine a dark, bluish glow coming from a certain shop on Main Street.
5. The Tommyknockers. So, I don’t know if Kinkade is really such a great nominee here. . . but anything would be better than the green glow that the original novel had. That was it! Black, with a green streak of light. What were they thnking over at Viking? The idea session goes like this:
Viking exec #1, “Let’s put a lady digging up a buried spaceship.”
Exec. #2, “No! It’s about a town. Let’s have a picture of a town with a strange green glow in the background.”
Chief Exec: “That’s it! Green glow. We’ll go with that.”
Exec #2: “What about the town?”
Chief Exec: “Nope, just green glow.”
Exec #1: “But we’re going to have a spaceship, right?”
Chief Exec, “No way. That ruins everything. All we want is green glow. That will sell books, inspire readers and . . .” whatever. Same guys probably worked on The Talisman and Insomnia. Oh, they had the same conversation about The Dark Half, but this time it was a blue gob instead of a green glow. Brilliant, I say, brilliant!
6. How about this for The Dark Tower. . . Roland finally finds the thing on a fishing trip.
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Kinkade gave us America the way we want it to be. I think of Kinkade as a modern Norman Rockwell. He wasn't always beloved in the art community, but the American people adored him. King gives us a dose of America the way it is. . . or, sometimes, worse! He drudges up our worst fears. But, so often he starts with something like a Kinkade painting. All is nice and well – but trouble is brewing!
Both Kinkade and King got criticized by the upper-crust of their professions for not being artsy enough. But they each gave people what they wanted. I have read several quotes that go along the lines of, "What Stephen King is to writing, Thomas Kinkade was to painting."
Finally. . . one more. . .