"The Kings of Horror"

Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by Rrty, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. Rrty
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    As I get older, I try to refrain from suggesting somebody do something, as in "That's awesome, but what you should do is...". It bugs me sometimes when people do it to me, so I can understand how others get irritated when I engage the practice. Therefore, do not consider this a suggestion, or a "you know what you should do" exercise. Instead, just consider it a wish.

    I would love to see a show called "The Kings of Horror." Like the "Masters of Horrors" series, or "Tales from the Darkside," it would be an anthology. What would set it apart, though, is that it would be entirely written by the Kings.

    Imagine if Stephen King, Tabitha King, Owen King, Joe Hill, and Naomi King wrote episodes of such a series. Imagine if there were collaborations between different members of the family. Imagine if, it weren't possible for each episode to be written entirely by a King, a King could come up with a story idea/treatment and then collaborate with another writer (imagine "The Beast of Bangor" written by Stephen King and Bev Vincent, or "The Haunted Limited Edition" by Joe Hill and Richard Chizmar).

    I love things like "Creepshow" and "Tales from the Crypt. " I could see the King house in Bangor serving as the opening shot, and the place where the intros to the episodes are filmed (by the way, those episode titles I supplied in the preceding paragraph are just examples I came up with off the top of my head, of course I realize they sound terrible).

    I see the branding possibilities, and I can see this playing on channels like HBO, Showtime, maybe even AMC. Why would Mr. King want to do something like this? Besides a probable continued love of horror anthologies, both the filmed and print kinds, he might enjoy creating a platform for his family to explore their creative impulses on a major stage.

    I think this would be an interesting experiment, and I've read that Joe Hill is working on a new "Tales from the Darkside" series, so there is precedent, perhaps.

    Anyway, if it is possible to forward this to Mr. King, or Mr. King's representatives, it would be appreciated. If not, that's okay, too. Would love to know what the group thinks of this.
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    While I do find it interesting, I guess what comes to mind for me is that not all of the Kings' writing deals with the horror genre, also my best guess is that they're all very busy in their own lives with their own projects. It definitely has a draw, but... (personally) I can't see it being something they would have time for.
    Moderator will be back online in the morning and will have more ideas about something like this.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

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    I"d pretty much have said what Flake did. It's not a bad concept but they each have their own lives and/or careers keeping them busy so unlikely to become a reality.
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  5. Rrty
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    Thanks for the replies (and that great image of Price et al.; I loved Price and Carradine in "The Monster Club").

    Very fair points about the viability of the concept. But perhaps you can see if one of the Kings -- not necessarily Stephen -- sees it. You could ask him or her to peruse this thread if they'd like. If not, it's quite all right. I at least look forward to Joe Hill's take on "Tales from the Darkside." Do you know what stage that project is at, by any chance? (On a somewhat related note, I heard the TV series "Monsters" has been released on DVD; there's another series looking for a new version, I enjoyed that one when it was on, and I believe King was represented on that show as well.)
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  6. fushingfeef
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    It's a neat idea but sort of like wishing the Beatles would get back together in the 1970's: it probably won't happen.
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