Stephen King is a titan of pop culture. He makes up about 60 percent of your local Barnes & Noble, and has covered so many horror topics that most films are legally required to carry the message “Based On A Whatever By Stephen King.” As a kid who grew up gawky and un-talked-to, King novels were both a source of respite and joy for me. And with the new trailers for IT and The Dark Tower, it’s nice to see people come together to say “DAMMMNNNNN, STEPHEN KING. DUDE. IS. KILLING. IT.” Or something like that.
However, we should approach these adaptations with at least a little bit of wariness, because with Stephen King movies come the threat of Stephen King cameos. As tremendous as King’s writing career has been, his onscreen ventures are usually confusing, frequently terrible, and always unnecessary. And because of that, I feel that it’s time to document all the times that movie producers decided to remind you that Stephen King is a flesh person and not a being of pure energy that drops a book about haunted objects from the sky twice a year.
Creepshow, the comic book based on Georg A. Romero’s 1982 horror anthology film of the same name, is back in print today via Simon & Schuster’s Gallery 13. You can pick it up for around $15 on Amazon.
The 64-page paperback graphic novel is written by Stephen King and features illustrations by Bernie Wrightson and cover art by Jack Kamen.
A harrowing and darkly humorous tribute to the controversial and influential horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow presents five sinister stories from Stephen King: “Father’s Day,” “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill,” “Something to Tide You Over,” “The Crate,” and “They’re Creeping Up on You” …unforgettable tales of terror to haunt your days and nights!