The main quality of literature in our society is its ability to entertain the masses. Some authors use horror and mystery to keep their reader's attention. Stephen King is the epitome of horror writers. In writing horror mystery novels, Stephen King utilizes small towns, a unique writing style, and people's inherent fears to scare the pants off his readers.Fear is the basis for nearly all horror fiction, especially in Stephen King's novels. 'Everybody goes to horror movies, reads horror novels-it's almost like trying to preview the end' (King 219). In all of King's horror books somebody always dies. Horror fiction 'Lets you become a child again' (King 220). King can bring out dealing with the psychology of his characters. Gerald's Game is probably the best example of King's ability to dig into a person's mind. In this case, he uses a typical woman who has to worry about things such as rape, helplessness, and always being in danger.
King makes it impossible for his readers not to identify with his characters. Many people have been both scared and entertained by numerous Stephen King novels. By sheer numbers of books sold, he has proven himself to be one of our greatest authors of all time. Hopefully the future will bring us many more authors with the intelligence and charisma of Mr. Stephen King.