stephen king...more than just the fabled horror king, his books are some of the best dramatic reads around. his horror books work so well because he has this talent for depicting very real people, puts them into very real situations, and then twists those same situations into something bizarre..and yet his characters often react realistically. this creates the very sense of horror or dread better than dripping fangs or ghoulish deaths ( though, he resorts to that , easily, when needed). i've often tried, often in vain, to convince people of that most of his books could hardly be called horror, but, he has "that mantle", and, to this day is unable to shake it.
i can remember a day, just a couple of years ago, while watching
the charlie rose show' on PBS, they had a round table of some of the pre-eminant book critics, and they went off for a while on the underratedness of kings work. one said, and the others agreed, that he was one of americas best writers and possibly its most gifted storytellers. all agreed that he is a master of characterization, and of creating both real, and then unreal stituations.
these were regular book guys, not some rejects from a star trek convention.
best reads: salems lot, the shining, the stand, the dead zone, the dark tower series (7 books), misery, dolores claiborne, the mist, pet sematary, the long walk, the running man, different seasons ( 3 excellant short novels, one gruesome little tale)..and that is just some of the really great ones...
...so, who do you read regularly ?