I'm half way through The Shining. Meh, it's OK I guess. Horror does not really work in print I guess. All the things I've read that actually scared me were all non-fiction. As far as Kings writing, it's just average. He does not spare text to set the scene or build suspense. He just tells the story in a very workman like fashion.
That's really the definition of Stephen King, and most literary critics would support you in that. He is the ultimate workman author. His talent is quantity. He can write a lot of decent books faster than almost anyone, but he's never put out something truly great. He is like the antithesis of JD Salinger.
I'm not knocking him, I still think it is amazing what he does.
Edited by Hurlshot, 05 July 2012 - 05:14 PM.