Great quote from Stephen King

This is from The Shining:

“Remember, my talented friend, there are Michelangelos begging everywhere in the streets of Rome.”

My way of saying this has always been:  When you finally condescend to sell your soul, don’t be surprised if there are no takers.



About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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4 Responses to Great quote from Stephen King

  1. Alison D. says:

    I just read his book “On Writing” and fell in love with his witty remarks on craft. Great quote!

  2. David Barker says:

    I have yet to read “On Writing,” but it’s on my list. Like many people, I’ve tending to undervalue King because he has been so prolific over so long a period, but when I picked up “The Shining” on a whim, I found it extremely entertaining and intelligent fiction. Great characters you care about, great setting in the huge haunted old hotel, and the perfect pace. He’s a master.

  3. Alison D. says:

    I am so squeamish when it comes to anything scary that “On Writing” was my first Stephen King. But it was amazing. I’m starting to reconsider…so maybe I will pick up the shining.

  4. David Barker says:

    I’m half way through “The Shinning” and so far it’s not what I’d call really scary. But I’m used to reading horror so maybe I’m jaded. It’s definitely brooding and somewhat spooky. I’m guessing he’s slowly ratcheting up the suspense and it will get scarier as it progresses. It’s a fun read

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