Stephen King On Childhood

“The two things that interest me about childhood: It’s a secret world that exists by its own rules and lives in its own culture; and that we forget what it is to be a child — and that life is exotic and strange.”

In this excerpt from a 1989 interview that’s been turned into an animated video as part of the excellent Blank on Blank web series, Stephen King shares his thoughts on childhood and where his stories come from.

He discusses misconceptions people have about his own childhood and points out that “the things that really scare us are the things that are going on just outside the spotlight.”