Main genre: Horror / Suspense / Mystery / Supernatural / Science-Fiction
Main audience: Young Adult on
King wrote a lot of fiction and non-fiction books, but amongst his most famous are:
- The Shining
- The Green Mile
- The Eyes of the Dragon
- The Dark Tower series
Short summary of the author: Stephen King is an American author, also known as the King of Horror, writing primarily in horror, supernatural, suspense, science-fiction and fantasy genres. He wrote and published 54 novels, 6 non-fiction books and around 200 short stories, which sold more than 350 million copies worldwide. Many of his contributions of literature have been adapted to movies, miniseries, television series and comic books. King was also awarded many awards, one of the most prominent being Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Society Award.
Good points / bad points: From what I read between the pages of his books and then on his views on writing, King’s stories are very, well story-driven, which is a very good thing in my opinion. That does not really mean that character development or descriptions fail spectacularly. Quite the contrary, with most of the characters, no matter who they are, you can easily get into their heads through King’s writing. He is truly the master of horror and suspense, since he does not really utilize the gore (at least not primarily) to depict it, but the emotion and build-up.
Bad points about the King’s writing style is mostly that he more often than not has weak endings. He has all these great ideas and twists that he presents to the reader, but can rarely finish them satisfactorily. Also, some longer books (like It, with more than 1000 pages) could do without unnecessary scenes or grandiose descriptions, to make them shorter, but still have a consistent story flow.