Thursday, April 14, 2011

Metallica, Judas Priest still inspire author Stephen King

Metallica still get the job done for legendary horror author Stephen King.

After many years of producing high quality work, King continues to be inspired by metal music when he creates, but his process has changed slightly.

“I listen to music when I rewrite now,” King tells The Atlantic. “I don't listen to music when I compose anymore. I can't. I've lost the ability to multitask that way!”

“Metallica, Anthrax. I still listen to those guys,” he said. “There's a band called the Living Things that I like a lot. Very loud group. I never cared for Ozzy very much. [Black Sabbath] don't really work for me. Judas Priest, now...”

AC/DC have always been King’s favorites, and he used them for “Who Made Who,” the 1986 soundtrack album to the film version of his novel "Maximum Overdrive."

King also plays in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band consisting of published writers. Formed in 1992, they have raised nearly $2 million for charity from their concerts.

King has a new short story in the latest issue of The Atlantic, called "Herman Wouk Is Still Alive.”

Check out King’s full interview with The Atlantic here.

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