Stephen King talks about his influence on JKR

In an interview with USA Weekend for an upcoming cover story, author Stephen King spoke about his influence on popular authors such as JK Rowling:

“I think that has some kind of formative influence the same way reading Richard Matheson had an influence on me,” King explains. “People always say to me, 'Well, what about H.P. Lovecraft?' And the thing was, you read Lovecraft when you were a kid but I never felt that he was speaking my language. It was chillier than my heart was, and when Matheson started to write about ordinary people and stuff, that was something that I wanted to do.

He also talks about Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, saying that she “can’t write worth a darn.” While the comments may surprise Twilight fans, most are probably aware of how Ms. Meyer has said herself that she is not a great writer. Or maybe Mr. King is just upset that Stephenie is too afraid to read his books. Thanks to “Anonymous” for the tip!