Did you know that Stephen King has a son who also writes horror novels?!
Neither did we! And neither did a lot of other people!
As we understand it, Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box and the recently released Horns, is actually the son of the famous author, but in order to be taken seriously as a writer, he has kept this fact a secret while selling his work.
In a recent interview, he explains how he spent years trying to sell his work, first with more "mainstream fiction" and then segwaying into his father's genre, under a pseudonym so that he could get work on his own merit. It took him over 10 years to finally sell something, but now that he finally has recognition all his own, he's finally ready to admit his famous literary connection. He says:
“I really believe that had I come out as Joseph King, and I wrote a mediocre work of fiction, there would be a danger that a publisher would have published it just because they saw a chance to make a buck on the last name…There were things I needed to learn about [the craft of writing] that I hadn’t done yet."
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