5 Reasons Stephen King is the Coolest Author Ever

Stephen King is one of the most recognized and celebrated authors of our time, and for good reason. He has published 50 novels, sold over 350 million copies of his books, and has spoken out publicly against censorship and in support of the reading community. Here are just 5 reasons why King is definitely one of the coolest authors ever:

1. He pledged $3 million to renovate a library

The Bangor Public Library in Maine is in desperate need of an extensive renovation — and Stephen King and his wife, Tabitha, have pledged to donate $3 million of their hometown library’s $9 million goal, as long as the library can come up with the balance of the funds. In the 1990s, the Kings donated $2.5 million to the same library for an expansion and renovation project, and a few years ago they replaced the crumbling front steps of the library, which had deteriorated to the point of being unsafe.

2. He spoke out against censorship

Many of King’s books have landed on “most censored” lists, so it’s not surprising that he is against censorship. In 1992, King wrote in the Bangor Daily News, where he urged students to read banned books:

There are people in your town who have taken certain books off the shelves of your school library. Do not argue with them; do not protest; do not organize or attend rallies to have the books put back on their shelves. Don’t waste your time or energy. Instead, hustle down to your public library [...] or to your local bookstore, and get a copy of what has been banned (from stephenking.com).

3. He’s the literary Warren Buffett

In 2012, King published a column in the Daily Beast admonishing the government for not taxing the super-rich 1% (which includes King himself) at a high enough rate. King argues that donations from charitable wealthy people like himself are not enough to help the disadvantaged people of the United States, and that the only way to ensure that the 1% contributes is to make it mandatory for them to do so.

4. He advocated for gun control

In February 2013, King published an article in response to the Sandy Hook massacre that calls for a ban on automatic and semi-automatic weapons. He wrote:

I have nothing against gun owners, sport shooters, or hunters, but semi-automatic weapons have only two purposes. One is so that owners can take them to the shooting range once in awhile, yell yeehaw and get all horny at the rapid fire and the burning vapour spouting from the end of their barrel. Their other use–their only other use–is to kill people. (The Guardian)

5. He’s not afraid to get political

King supports the Democratic party, supports literacy and educational opportunities for all children, and opposed a ban on selling violent video games to minors in Massachusetts. Whether it’s raising money to pay the heating bills of poor families in Bangor, Maine or calling Glenn Beck “Satan’s mentally challenged younger brother,” King isn’t afraid to speak up about issues that matter to himand he writes great books. What could be cooler than that?


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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

I own every single book he has ever written, and I love him

Shelley G.
S G4 years ago

Thanks for sharing...And YES he is a GREAT author!!!...
Don't they know that banning something just makes people want it more...

Jessica Larsen
Janne O4 years ago

The fire starter. Pet sematary. Carrie. The dead zone. The shining.
Those are the 5 best reasons to read King!

Don H.
Don H4 years ago

Jill S said,

"Don H, just finished both books and loved them. But my all time fav is The Stand. One of the best books ever!"

Thank you, Jill. I love The Stand too. : )

Ro H.
Ro H4 years ago

And he writes very good books!!

Past Member
Laura D4 years ago

@Latoya B. I used to live near Bangor and visited the Bangor Public Library. Let me tell you it is a beautiful and huge place, very easy to lose yourself there. I am sure you would love a visit there and I hope you make a trip to see the place. I promise you won't regret it :) Besides, there's alot more of Bangor to see and most all of it is beautiful. Take a road trip and enjoy!!!

Kathy Crews
Kathy C4 years ago

I have loved Steven King since he first began to write back in the 70's. I would read his short stories when I could get my hands on them and just knew that he was going to be a great writer one day. As a teenager though it was really difficult for me to find (or get my hands on his work) because the publications that his writings most often showed up in were girly magazines...which of course I COULDN'T go into a store and ask for...how would that have looked for the Principles daughter??? Not good at all!!! :-)

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

It's the thoughts of him

Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins4 years ago

Wow. That is a lot of money for one library.

I want a tour of that place.

Georgia G.
Georgia a4 years ago

I love Stephen King and own every one of his books, including both versions of "The Stand". I have never had an author that could scare the crap out of me like he can. One reason the books turned into movies don't really appeal to me, although I watch them all, is that the majority of his writing is in the mind and that just cannot appropriately be displayed on the screen.