Pennywise creator Stephen King reflects on scaring the hell out of 2017

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Stephen King Rules.

That’s what’s emblazoned on a T-shirt the young hero of Monster Squad wears in that 1987 kid-classic. It could also be the motto of 2017, and it’s one reason EW has named him one of the Entertainers of the Year.

You could practically fill another book with what a powerhouse year King has had. He’s currently on the best-seller list with Sleeping Beauties, a novel he co-wrote with his son, Owen King, a mystical plague story in which all the women of the world succumb to a cocoon-shrouded slumber, leaving the men to their own unfortunate devices.

King had another hit novella with Gwendy’s Button Box, a return to his fictional, unlucky town of Castle Rock, which he penned with friend and Cemetery Dance publisher Richard Chizmar. But several titles from his back catalog also rose up the charts thanks to some unsettling new adaptations.

It was the resurrection of Pennywise the Clown in It that truly quickened the pulse of fans around the world, minting a lot of new Constant Readers in the process. Add to that a pair of acclaimed TV series based on Mr. Mercedes and The Mist, and the Netflix adaptations of Gerald’s Game and his novella 1922, and even the lackluster reception to The Dark Tower can’t take the shine off this King renaissance.

King, who received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in 2015, even got some more White House recognition this year when Donald Trump blocked the author on Twitter after he bombarded the president with barbs.

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