Just mentioning the name turns some people away. Those people I'll never reach. Others believe I have an obsession with him. They will dismiss my comments. It would be more accurate to say quite simply that he and I agree on a lot of topics in regards to reading, writing, literature, etc. It's a chicken-and-egg situation. As a young reader who also aspired to one day write professionally I often read the forewards and afterwards of books and novels, those parts where the author spoke directly to the reader. Many authors did it, especially before the internet age, because it was the only way to communicate to readers who may not have read the trade or specialty magazines. Stephen King did it more than most, and always enjoyed them so much that I read those portions of the books several times. As I got older, I read them for inspiration when my creative ink ran dry. I read them when I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for, I even read them sometimes just to refresh my memory. So the question is – did I read them so much because I identified and agreed with what he was saying? Or did I my repeated reading of them form my current beliefs. One of the basic shared beliefs we have is that a good story is a good story, regardless of who wrote it, regardless of the genre, and regardless of the opinions of others. If we enjoy it, if we derive pleasure from it, then it was worth our time. It is that belief that eventually led to the creation of the Classics and Cheese: The Blog and the Classics and Cheese: The Website. It is the belief that people shouldn't restrict themselves to one genre or the other, or to reading only academically approved works. The belief that we can learn as much about ourselves by watching our B-movies as by watching our art films. All are a reflection of who we are as a society. Because of this commonality of belief, I've read many of his works over the years – some I like, some I don't. I disagree with a lot of the loyal fans on which particular book is "the best" or "the worst," and there are even quite a number of his books I haven't read yet. For instance, both "The Stand" and "The Dark Tower" series are fan favorites; I consider both works average. Many fans deride "The Tommyknockers" which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I don't even own some of his newer popular books, including "Under The Dome" and "1963." In other words, I don’t worship him or think that he's "the best"; I just happen to like his attitude and I like his stories. If you get the chance, you should read this non-fiction essays and books. Whether you agree with him or not, his opinion is worth considering and may even enrich your reading experience.