No doubt about it, Mr. Stephen King is my favorite living author.
Not because I like being scared, but because he is an excellent writer. Few writers can create a setting and a tone that is so engrossing as being in Derry or a Pa. police barracks (From a Buick Eight), a penitentiary (Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption / Green Mile). Stephen King describes it as telepathy with the reader and he is correct.
The other thing that I greatly admire is his dedication to his craft. Often two books a year, his willingness to publish in any venue from smut to kindle to comic books to poetry to the back of Entertainment Weekly he is producing work. A lot of work!
On my bucket list is to spend an hour with Mr. King, drinking a coke and talking about the craft. That would be magical.
Happy Birthday, Mr. King and I hope you have a hundred more.