Sep 25, 2016 6:04 AM GMT
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/24/master-of-horror-fiction-stephen-king-says-trump-presidency-scares-me-to-death/If there's one man who would seem immune to fear, it's Stephen King, the best-selling author and master of horror fiction.
But after more than 50 novels, hundreds of short stories and numerous film adaptations of his voluminous work, the 69-year-old still gets spooked.
The author's personal boogie man is not a supernatural clown or a zombie, as it turns out — it's Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
"A Tump presidency scares me more than anything else," King told Ron Charles, editor of The Washington Post's Book World, during a Facebook Live interview Saturday. "I'm terrified that he'll become president."
...In a June interview with Rolling Stone, he discussed Trump as more of a phenomenon than person, calling the real estate executive "the last stand of a sort of American male who feels like women have gotten out of their place and they're letting in all these people that have the wrong skin colors."
He added that Trump's popularity stems from people who desire a world in which there was no question "that the white American was at the top of the pecking order."
...King offered a related explanation for Trump's popularity, one that the author appears to understand better than most: fear....