Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.
I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.
I’ve not seen in my lifetime any politician who is a heroic figure. The manipulation that all politicians use on one level or another is so transparent.
When tempest tossed, embrace chaos.
If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that’s more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.
I have avoided becoming stale by putting a little water on the plate, lying on the plate, and having myself refreshed in a toaster oven for 23 minutes once every month.
Human beings can always be relied upon to exert, with vigor, their God-given right to be stupid.
I have been reading Stephen King since CARRIE and hope to read him for many years to come.
A politician’s goal is always to manipulate public debate. I think there are some politicians with higher goals. But all of them get corrupted by power.
Civilization rests on the fact that most people do the right thing most of the time.
Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.
Some days I’m lucky to squeeze out a page of copy that pleases me, but I get as many as six or seven pages on a very good day; the average is probably three pages.
I don’t write a quick draft and then revise; instead, I work slowly page by page, revising and polishing.
I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That’s the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow.
Readers will stay with an author, no matter what the variations in style and genre, as long as they get that sense of story, of character, of empathetic involvement.
If you have to pay the bills, and you write something you’re not proud of, use a pen-name for that.
If you want to publish two books a year under your own name and your publisher doesn’t, maybe you need a different publisher.
Never, never try to scope the market.
We are coming out of a century that was taught that one way of looking at the world, that one form of behavior, is as valid as another. The idea of true evil has been blown away.
Vladimir Nabokov said the two great evils of the 20th century were Marx and Freud. He was absolutely correct.
What we do as a society is seek simple answers.
There’s sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
I think the world is full of evil people. I think in some ways we’re in more danger now than before.
I think it’s perfectly just to refuse service to anyone based on behavior, but not based on race or religion.
Because people see violence on the movie screen, they’re not going to go out and hold up a liquor store and kill somebody. It really doesn’t correlate.
In my books, I never portray violence as a reasonable solution to a problem. If the lead characters in the story are driven to it, it’s at the extreme end of their experience
I have to admit that when I watch a movie in which there is no moral context for the violence – I find that offensive. I think that’s potentially damaging to society.
I try not to spend too much time on partisan politics. Life’s too short for that. I don’t really believe that there have been many human problems solved by politics.
Somebody asked me about the current choice we’re being given in the presidential election. I said, Well, it’s like two of the scariest movies I can imagine.
In my personal life, I’m a comic novel. But then, so are we all, because we’re human beings.
I like to deal with EVERY aspect of our condition, and that means terror and humor in equal mix. Some books have more room for humor than others.
If someone wrote it and it had a peculiar twist, I’ve read it.
Literary fiction, as a strict genre, is all but dead. Meanwhile, most genres flourish.
Every book has some real life in it. I was never pursued by an evil twin clone, but everything else in MR. MURDER was pretty much out of my own life.
My wife is my first audience. She’s a tough lady, so I can’t say that I ever scare her. Except, of course, when she sees me the way I look before breakfast.
Each reader needs to bring his or her own mind and heart to the text.
The only reason I would write a sequel is if I were struck by an idea that I felt to be equal to the original. Too many sequels diminish the original.
Books were this wonderful escape for me because I could open a book and disappear into it, and that was the only way out of that house when I was a kid.
I think it’s the people who have no doubt that every word they put down is gold that probably don’t write very well.
I don’t find slashing and blood flying everywhere to be scary. I just find it repulsive.
Your mind always does worse things than people can show in a movie.
One of the things I like enormously about Bob Weinstein is that that he’s the only studio head I have ever known who will change his mind and say he was wrong.
Although I’ve said a million times that I’m not a horror writer, I do like horror