What King Book Would Thomas Kinkade Illustrate ?

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.

My list:

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.

photo credit: fark.com
Anyone ever notice that Bachman got better book covers!  Until Thinner. . . which outed him as a King novel.

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. . .


  1. I'm not particularly familiar with Kinkade's work, but from what I've seen of his style, it might've been well-suited to "The Eyes of the Dragon" or "The Talisman." Or, perhaps, "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon"

  2. Cover illustrations for authors like King are an interesting and difficult proposition. Of all the illustrations for King's books, only a handful to my mind reach the level of, say, Frank R. Kelly.

    Artwork for fantastic fiction has come a long way, and in many ways a lot of whatever it was that gave the old artwork such impact has been lost. I'm thinking here of the cover for defunct publications like Amazing Stories and Astounding Science Fiction.


  3. I love the pictures you have posted here!!! Especially the second one!!