A Little Darkness on Their Back


I've seen maybe half a dozen movies based on Stephen King books, but my direct exposure to his output consists of hearing a couple of his short stories read aloud at a dormroom Halloween party in 1988. I'm therefore unqualified to comment on whether he deserves the "annual medal for distinguished contribution to American letters" that the National Book Foundation is awarding him. But I'm happy to see literateurs making a gesture towards taking genre writers seriously, whether or not King is the right pulpster to honor.