Here at the Haunted Cabaret, I continue to hear rumors to the effect that horror novelist Stephen King is no longer the author of his own books. According to his detractors, he now employs the services of a ghostwriter(appropriate term, at least!) to do the writing that still regularly puts him on the bestseller lists. His critics' strongest argument is the poor quality of King's recent work. This is the most convincing argument against the ghostwriter theory.
Why would a man of King's almost unlimited financial resources hire mediocre hacks to write in his name, instead of talented storytellers capable of duplicating his signature style? I believe the situation is much more straightforward: Stephen King is a creative artist who has run out of things to say, but keeps slogging ahead. Either out of denial, or because his mansion in Bangor needs lots of expensive upkeep.
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