Master horror writer Stephen King knows how to wound with words, and he has recently developed some of the world’s shortest and most brilliant non-fiction on the president. This time, the author hit the president’s fans right on the back of the head.
The main character’s name was familiar and already frightening to more than a few in the village, Donald Trump. King did not give away his inspiration, but perhaps it had something to do with the ending days, the end of Trump’s first 100 days.
King is quite familiar with fright, and if something scared him, maybe it should frighten others, too. According to the Washington Post, the author told the editor of The Washington Post’s Book World Ron Charles in a live Facebook interview:
‘A Trump presidency scares me more than anything else. I’m terrified that he’ll become president.’
King’s main character in his latest Tweet story is, of course, the big man himself. The president came into his current career with all the ingredients it takes to create a villain: unlimited power, unbridled narcissism, documented paranoia, and a big dollop or two of insecurity.
Rather than frightening his readers to death in the first paragraph, King entered the Twitter room “gently and kindly:”
‘I say this gently and kindly: If you voted for Trump and still think he’s doing a good job, you haven’t been paying attention.’
I say this gently and kindly: If you voted for Trump and still think he’s doing a good job, you haven’t been paying attention.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 26, 2017
Then, the novelist’s tale unfolded with the heart-pumping dread people have come to expect from him. The tension builds as King edges into his recurring theme: The billionaire ran for president of the United States.
King foretold of a surprise that would not be altogether pleasant. Then, he laced a bit of danger into the story, “some people wanted him to win:”
‘My newest horror story: Once upon a time there was a man named Donald Trump, and he ran for president. Some people wanted him to win.’
My newest horror story: Once upon a time there was a man named Donald Trump, and he ran for president. Some people wanted him to win.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 21, 2016
As any good reader knows, people can sustain unremitting terror for only so long. Humor is a perfect interruption, and King wields his humor as well as his horror, “the Trump administration reminds me of…The Stupids.
All of a sudden, people realize the horror writer has added one of his infamous twists, turning the pointed humor back upon the conservatives:
‘All politics aside, the Trump administration reminds me of that Tom Arnold movie, THE STUPIDS. Really, you guys, this is embarrassing.’
All politics aside, the Trump administration reminds me of that Tom Arnold movie, THE STUPIDS. Really, you guys, this is embarrassing.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 3, 2017
Not the end.
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