Malevolent Grins – A Quote by Stephen King from “Kingdom of Fear”

Here’s a quote/excerpt by Stephen King from the book Kingdom of Fear:  The World of Stephen King edited by Tim Underwood and Chuck Miller:

“A friend of mine said you know you’re being scary when you can feel the malevolent grin begin to creep up your face — and he’s right.  Humor and horror are close together.  Both come from the same aggressive impulse and in both cases we laugh or scream because we’re happy it isn’t us.

I don’t think anybody laughs at anything that isn’t inherently aggressive or hurtful or painful.

We have a history of being drawn to horror.  Maybe it’s because we’re mortal and we keep trying to fit our minds around the concept of dying.”

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