Students in Sussex, N.B., got a pre-Halloween thrill when horror-master Stephen King paid them a surprise visit on Friday.
The author of more than 50 books and 200 short stories, who lives in Bangor, Maine, decided to visit Sussex Regional High School following a yearlong, multimedia effort by students and staff.
In a campaign to persuade him, they wrote nearly 1,200 letters, created parody music videos that were posted on YouTube, as well as artwork inspired by his body of work.
“I came because of all those letters. I was just blissed out to get them all,” King told the students.
He then addressed 80 students in the school’s theatre, discussing his writing career and his stint as a high school teacher.
“I can’t remember writing books because it’s like dreams. That time just passes. I write from eight in the morning until about noon every day and when that time is going by for me, it just, I’m not in the world, I’m inside whatever the story is,” said King, who was wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans.
“This is a little bit like being crazy, only they pay you for it, which is really good,” he said, generating laughter.
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