Stephen King Apologizes to All of Us For Finding Ourselves Living in a Stephen King Novel: LISTEN

Stephen King during an interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross agreed with her assessment that the current time we’re living in during the COVID-19 quarantine, feels like we’re living in one of his novels.

“It is both like and not like living in one of my books” he says, “This is real life. I keep having people say, ‘Gee, it’s like we’re living in a Stephen King story,’ ” he says. “And my only response to that is, ‘I’m sorry.’ ”

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As NPR reported, “In his 1978 novel The Stand, author Stephen King wrote about a viral pandemic that decimated the world’s population.”

A pandemic like COVID-19 was “bound to happen,” King says. “There was never any question that in our society, where travel is a staple of daily life, that sooner or later, there was going to be a virus that was going to communicate to the public at large.”


On how he’s dealing with the fear and anxiety related to the pandemic. “The short answer to that is I’m not. What I’m living with and what I suspect a lot of people are living with right now is cabin fever. … But to be in the house day after day, all I can say is I’ve made wonderful progress on a novel, because there’s really not too much to do and it’s a good way to get away from the fear. It’s not panic. It’s not terror that I feel, that I think most people feel, it’s a kind of gnawing anxiety where you say to yourself, I shouldn’t go out. If I do go out, I might catch this thing or I might give it to somebody else.”