Courtesy of Bloody Disgusting:
Prolific horror author Stephen King has been awarded the 2014 National Medal of the Arts for, “…his remarkable storytelling with his sharp analysis of human nature.” The award was created in 1984 by the United States Congress and is the highest honor that can be given to an individual in the arts on behalf of the people of the United States. Below is a video of King being given the medal by President Barack Obama.
Well that puts a smile on my face.
I have had people criticize my love of Stephen King books by suggesting that they are beneath my intellect, but my response is always that I don't read Stephen King books to challenge my mind, I read them to challenge my nerve.
And if you don't think that Stephen King is a talented author than you are allowing your prejudice against certain genres affect your judgement.
When it comes to creating worlds filled with horrifying escapism, Mr. King is in a league of his own.