"God will tell me when to retire."
Last year, Stephen King released his novel titled The Institute, marking the 61st novel he's published since his debut novel Carrie in 1974. While it has been a long journey for this spooky scribe, King says that he has no plans on retiring anytime soon, reported We Got This Covered. Apart from his novels, King has published more than 200 stories, has made 24 cameos in movies and looks like he's not done just yet.
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King has created a legacy that some might think has earned him some well-deserved rest but he claims that his profession is the best job he could ever ask for. King said that he is still waiting for a sign from a higher power about when it's truly his time to stop. The master of horror appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and shared, "God will tell me when to retire."
He continued, "He’ll say, ‘Get out of the game, hang up your jock, you’re done.’ But until then, this is the best job in the world because no one can make you retire at a mandatory age. You can just continue until you start to drivel. And then at that point, it might be a good time for somebody to say, ‘You know, Steve, you outta stop.’ For now, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I get to be on The Colbert Show, which is not a bad deal."
Despite being 72 years old, King is still at the top of his game. In 2019, IT Chapter 2 released and it was a major blockbuster. Based on his 1986 novel IT, the movie saw massive success and united old and new fans alike. His other adaptation Doctor Sleep released in 2019 and was met with praise from the audience and critics alike. These are only some of the adaptations and in 2020, we are seeing a lot more of King's adaptations being brought to life.
Just drove past Stephen King’s house out here in Bangor, Maine, very beautiful one of the best writers of all time 💯 pic.twitter.com/LzPcUQ6qjV— Investors Domain (@investorsdomain) July 18, 2020
His novel, The Insititute, is being developed as a TV series. King's website described the new book as, "In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, 'like the roach motel,' Kalisha says. 'You check in, but you don’t check out.'"
The recently read "The Institute" would have eased into this top ten; its a cracking tale. But that aside, here is my top ten King books having read 99% of them!#goodreads #kindle #horror #stephenkinghttps://t.co/e2OVw8wzC5— Georgia Knight (@Hadrians_Gate) July 13, 2020
The site adds, "In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute. As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win."