Stephen King's Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy

Stephen King’s Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy


Writers Write creates writing resources and shares writing tips. In this post, we look at American author, Stephen King’s muse.

American author, Stephen King, born 21 September 1947, writes in the contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy genres. His books have sold more than 350 million copies.

His novels have been credited with ‘reviving the genre of horror fiction in the late 20th century’. King has explored almost every terror-producing premise and theme imaginable and has included psychological portraits of his protagonists in his later fiction, an example of which is Dolores Claiborne.

There are many places famous authors get their ideas, and Stephen King describes his muse in On Writing as someone who lives in a basement, someone he needs to look after.

Stephen King’s Muse Is A Basement Kind Of A Guy

'There is a muse, but he’s not going to come fluttering down into your writing room and scatter creative fairy-dust all over your typewriter or computer. He lives in the ground. He’s a basement kind of guy.

You have to descend to his level, and once you get down there you have to furnish an apartment for him to live in. You have to do all the grunt labour, in other words, while the muse sits and smokes cigars and admires his bowling trophies and pretends to ignore you.

He may not be much to look at, that muse-guy, and he may not be much of a conversationalist, but he’s got inspiration. It’s right that you should do all the work and burn all the mid-night oil, because the guy with the cigar and the little wings has got a bag of magic. There’s stuff in there that can change your life.'

~Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft 

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