This might just be one of Stephen King’s first television interviews, and no, it wasn’t with some notable morning news program like the Today Show or Good Morning America. It was for the University of Maine, Orono’s video magazine (his Alma mater) and it totally showed up any and all of his former classmates (which, let’s face it, is exactly what you hope to do once you graduate).
Sure, the interview is all about fear, writing horror and generally living with an internal creepiness that helped to create horror classics like Carrie, It, The Stand and my personal favorite, Cycle of the Werewolf, but let’s not forget what the ultimate goal of this program is…shoving it up the ass of any person (classmate or professor) who said he wasn’t good enough to be published in the first place.
So yeah, King might admit to sleeping with the lights on back in 1982 when he was just really getting started in his career, but I don’t think it was done out of fear, I think the lights were kept on for one reason only…to see the piles of money he kept in his bedroom.
Because I would have done the same thing.
Interview after the break.