Say what you want about Stephen King now but In the the 70's and 80's he was a truly great writer.
Like alot of people I know his were the first books that got me reading literature. His novels - It and Christine especially were hugely influential for me growing up. His film adaptations were always so fun to watch and there's a few classic horror movies in there such as Christine, Salem's Lot and ofcourse Stand By Me.
As a writer he's seen as this writer of popular trashy 'fun to read' fiction but I think he deserves more notice and respect from the literay cannon.
"The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out. " - Stephen King
In the run up to Halloween here's a scrapbook tribute for the guy whose responsible for scaring the shit out of me more than anyone growing up.