Novelist says he 'can't think of a thing to say' but nonetheless acquires 170,000 followers in three days
One of the most prolific and best-loved purveyors of horror and suspense has finally joined the twitterati. @StephenKing has stacked up 172,258 followers in three days and is already one of most-followed authors on Twitter.
On Twitter at last, and can't think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 6, 2013
King, who has produced 56 novels in his 40-year career, beginning with Carrie in 1973, started out uncertainly in the 140-character form. His first text read: "On Twitter at last, and can't think of a thing to say. Some writer I turned out to be."
King chose just "author" for his Twitter bio, in a similar style to other high-profile literary tweeters. Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) and Paulo Coelho (@paulocoelho) both describe themselves as "writer", while Jackie Collins (@jackiejcollins) opts for the more strident "Kick-ass writer!"
One of King's early followers was his son, the author and novelist Joe Hill (@joe_hill), to whom he tweeted; "@joe_hill Tweet whatever you want. Just don't let me catch you with your hand in your pants."
@joe_hill Tweet whatever you want. Just don't let me catch you with your hand in your pants.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 7, 2013
Hill retorted, "@StephenKing Talking to you on Twitter is easier than in real life, cos I don't have to wait for you to paste in your false teeth here."
@StephenKing Talking to you on Twitter is easier than in real life, cos I don't have to wait for you to paste in your false teeth here.— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) December 7, 2013
King later tweeted about what he was watching on TV: "Watching THE RETURNED. Scary and sexy. Fun to see a foreign TV show that hasn't been Americanized. That kid Victor's giving me nightmares."
The Returned is a French TV series set in a small mountain town in which dead people reappear. It won an International Emmy this year, and was broadcast in the UK on Channel 4.
King's latest novel Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, revisits Danny Torrance in an attempt by King to "scare the shit out of people".
Ten of the top authors on TwitterPaulo Coelho, @paulocoelho 8,789,445 followers, 23,674 tweets
Neil Gaiman, @neilhimself 1,927,162 followers, 65,324 tweets
John Green, @realjohngreen 1,898,375 followers, 18,419 tweets
Salman Rushdie, @SalmanRushdie 660,716 followers, 2,627 tweets
Bret Easton Ellis, @BretEastonEllis 428,993 followers, 2,067 tweets
Stephen King @StephenKing 172,258 followers, 13 tweets
Jackie Collins, @jackiejcollins 106,886 followers, 17,834 tweets
Ian Rankin, @Beathigh 67,183 followers, 31,929 tweets
Michael Rosen, @MichaelRosenYes 45,618 followers, 24,523 tweets
Jeanette Winterson, @Wintersonworld 28,396 followers, 461 tweets
• Figures correct at time of writing
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