Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell
If the King family business is horror — after all, King is the best-selling horror novelist in the world — then Hill will inherit the keys to the shop. “I resisted it at first, but it was always in the cards, I guess,” jokes Hill about following in the footsteps of his father.
Still, Hill, 41 — who shortened his middle name, Hillstrom, into his pen name to avoid comparisons to his dad — stands as his own man. His three novels have all been New York Times best-sellers--2007’s Heart-Shaped Box, this year’s NOS4A2 and 2010's Horns, which was adapted into a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe that debuted at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
Of course, the giddy thrill of seeing one’s work on the big screen is old hat for King, who has had dozens of his books translated into film, starting with his first book, 1974’s Carrie — which is getting another run at moviegoers Oct. 18 with Chloe Moretz playing King’s telekinetic high school heroine. That’s just icing on the cake of an already stellar year for the 66-year-old: Two best-sellers hit shelves — Joyland, about a killer on the loose in an amusement park, and Doctor Sleep, the long-awaited sequel to The Shining — and the hit CBS miniseries based on King’s 2009 novel, Under the Dome, premiered.
“I don’t think my dad ever wrote anything where he thought, ‘Boy, this is going to sell,’ ” says Hill. “He strictly writes for the pleasure of entertaining himself, and the fact that the stuff turned out to be very successful is an afterthought.”
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