There are so many great Stephen King books and short stories—many of which have been turned into classic movies—it's hard to pick out just one. What's better: The Shining? Carrie? Pet Semetary? It? Misery? King's own pick may surprise you. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, he says he thinks Lisey's Story is his best book.
"That one felt like an important book to me because it was about marriage, and I'd never written about that. I wanted to talk about two things: One is the secret world that people build inside a marriage, and the other was that even in that intimate world, there's still things that we don't know about each other," he said.
King also said this was his favorite in his 2013 Reddit AMA, but he didn't say why. The 2006 book is about the widow of a successful novelist who is stalked by one of his fans as she goes through his things after his death. King is also pretty candid in Rolling Stone about how a 1999 accident affected his writing, as well as the eight years he was a drug addict.
"The books start to show it after a while. Misery is a book about cocaine. Annie Wilkes is cocaine. She was my number-one fan," he said. "The Tommyknockers is an awful book. That was the last one I wrote before I cleaned up my act."
He also says he doesn't like Dreamcatcher, which he wrote after the accident. Oh, and he doesn't think Tom Clancy is very good: "I never really cared for Tom Clancy's books, but it wasn't because he was a Republican guy. It was because I didn't think he could write."
You can read the full interview over at Rolling Stone.
[via Rolling Stone]