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Stephen King, Master of the Macabre
His new book: Joyland (Hard Case Crime), a noir mystery set in 1973 in a North Carolina amusement park, where protagonist Devin goes to work and to mend his broken heart.

On writing: "By the time I was 14, the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled on it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing."

On reading in summer: "It's that feeling of long days without much to do, when I can finally catch up with just-for-fun books. I tend to read a little lighter in the summer, but there's always room for D.H. Lawrence."

Most looking forward to reading: "The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg."

Background check: "I was warped early. I first read Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial at age 11, and between that and an episode from Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I was afraid of being buried alive from then on."
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