Would-Be King; Stephen King's Son Is Now at a Crossroads Leading to What Could Be Literary Greatness, Writes Lorne Jackson
Byline: Lorne Jackson
ill 9)We live in an era when pampered poppets prosper. The new man at Number 10 is an Old Etonian, while his deputy swaggered out of er, a school also founded by the r their own advancement. Cameron later joined the bully he Bullington Club, a snobbish drinking society for young who are as cocksure as they onnected.
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So much for the egalitarian society.
It isn't just in politics that Britain fails to be a progressive nation where merit, endeavour and hard work are rewarded.
In the media, nepotism has the kind of stranglehold previously only known to the custodians of Buckingham Palace. Then there's literature... Quite a few sons and daughter of famous authors have popped up over the years, proudly sporting their own verion of the book writer's badge. Thankfully most of the exams I can think of also exhibited ary talent, just like mummy or ather of Martin Amis was, of ooker Prize winner and Lucky Kingsley Amis.
ke Amis Jnr a Lucky Martin? wever, it's hard to grudge Amis cess. His dad may have been in Martin is also a very talented thor who joined the family firm, is Fay Kellerman, wife of bestr Jonathan Kellerman. Jesse, is now making a name for himself in the same genre as mum and dad, crime fiction.
John Le Carr has a son who writes. Though Nick Harkaway didn't follow pops into the world of espionage. Instead, he has dipped his fingers into the bubbling cauldron of fantasy.
Though when it comes to tales of the fantastic, Nick has a few miles to plod before he is in the same league as Stephen King.
Talking of King, he also has a couple of sons who are professional writers.
I've interviewed one of them, Joe Hill, who was a likeable chap, and very modest.
Joe was quick to concede he'd never be as famous or successful as dad.
Although he wrote horror fiction - like the old man - he refused to exploit his father's reputation to gain that first faltering foothold on Liter-r ary Mountain.
He chose not to use the King monicker, and when he first started to send out submissions of his work, editors had no idea that he was the son of someone famous in the field.
I liked Joe Hill a lot. Even better, I liked his fiction.
Stephen's son might have been modest about his expectations, but I sensed that given application, he could, one day, eclipse dad.
His first novel, Heart-Shaped Box, had an intriguing premise: a bloke buys a ghost on the internet.
The novel was well-paced, packed with narrative twists and turns, and didn't rely solely on that first clever idea.
Even better was 20th Century Ghosts, the best collection of tales, in any genre, that I'd read in quite some time. …