Stephen King, EW columnist: Celebrating seven years with 'Uncle Stevie'

stephen-kingImage Credit: James Leynse/CorbisStephen King fans, you won’t want to miss this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (the one with Inception on the cover). As part of EW’s 20th anniversary, we’ve got a must-read feature story called “The Wit and Wisdom of Stephen King,” which excerpts some of the best moments Mr. King has had in his seven years as a monthly columnist for EW. Whether it was his kickoff contention that Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (as well as 70 percent of the material on the fiction and nonfiction best-seller lists) is “dreck” or his tirade against movie-theater advertisements (“I wish every moviegoer in America would stand up in the dark and shout ‘TURN THAT S— OFF! THAT ISN’T WHAT I PAID FOR!TURN IT OFF RIGHT NOW!'”), “Uncle Stevie” has, from the get-go, been a wickedly candid and often hilarious presence in the pages of our magazine. The legendary horror author has weighed in on the serious (recounting his own stint in rehab for a piece on celebrity addiction); the silly (writing about Gilbert Gottfried’s voiceover in the ShoeDini ad, he noted that “you can actually feel tortured brain cells screeching their last as that vocal buzz-saw rips ever deeper into your cerebral cortex”); and even the sad (“It’s a great banquet, all right, but all too often the famous person discovers that he or she is for dessert,” he wrote after the death of Anna Nicole Smith). Be sure to check out the six-page feature in our July 30 issue, and visit our new “Pop of King” hub here on, where all of the author’s columns and best-of lists are now archived. And don’t forget to let us know your pick for King’s all-time best EW column in the comments section below.

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  • gb

    I love Stephen King. I live in South Boston Massachusetts and i always wanted to write a story with Mr. King..about a cop who moves from Boston up to Bangor Maine and starts investigating a serial killer who targets witnesses…something along those lines. Anyways…I am a huge..huge lost fan..and i love that stephen king loved lost too. I am glad he had something to do with causing the show to end after 6 seasons. Because it would of gotten bad after 6 seasons.

  • Danny

    Stephen King is a gem. His “On Writing” is priceless. I love it.

  • waya

    This summer I’ve been on a horror kick, reading other big name “horror” novelists, (as I’ve gone through everything King has done), but though the books are good, they don’t have that extra zing that King’s novels have. That little bit that REALLY makes your skin crawl, whether its a monster on the loose, or man’s evil towards his fellow man. King is truly a “king” to us fans of the “unusual” and I hope he is writing for many years to come.

  • DavidJ

    Love King’s columns… but what the heck happened to Diablo Cody’s? Her writing was so witty and inventive, and seemed like a perfect fit for this magazine.

  • K8

    Like his column but the Uncle Stevie business makes him sound like a creepy pedophile.

    • Lee

      Completely agree.

    • kim in kentucky

      maybe its supposed to! LOL

  • Kate

    King’s column after Harry Potter and the Dealthly Hallows was released was one of my favorites – I read a lot of reviews after the Harry Potter series came to a close, but his really captured my feelings best. I always enjoy his columns and appreciate his joy in good, old fashioned pop culture (without the side of snark and snootiness that so often accompany critical analysis).

  • Mike

    Don’t even generally like the horror genre in books, but I like Stephen King the author and Uncle Stevie the pop columnist even more. Keep writing, prolific one!

  • katy

    King’s always-reliable column is one of the reasons I keep subscribing to EW year after year… I love that he rhapsodizes about highbrow and lowbrow with equal reverence. Keep those pop-culture recommendations coming, Uncle Stevie!

  • Betthy White

    Love him but Thesexhookup is better

  • Uncle Stevie’s Girl

    I have been a loyal fan of Mr. Kings since I was 12 and snuck my Fathers copy of IT. Still to this day, I have nightmares about the book and HATE clowns. Pennywise still haunts me. I would anything he wrote, even it was scribbling on a!

  • feardotcom

    I love Stephen King. I read all his books… He is the best one…

  • paige parnell

    I’ve always enjoyed reading Stephen King’s books. I’m a huge fan. But… I was disappointed with his take on Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code. “Pure DRECK?” No, I have to disagree with Uncle Stevie on that one. That book was PURE GENIUS. Sounds like Unc. Stevie was not happy that HE didn’t think of that novel idea. There’s plenty of sour grapes around, but even if they’re aged properly, they still don’t make good wine.

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