Novelist Stephen King speaks to creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell, Mass., Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Stephen King loves scaring people, but one student at University of Massachusetts Lowell tried to find out Friday what scares him.
“Spiders, snakes … my mother-in-law,” the writer said with a grin.
The author of international bestselling books including “Carrie” and “The Shining” came to the college to talk with writing students.
English Department professor Andre Dubus III, another bestselling author and an old friend of King’s, shared the stage for about an hour as students asked questions about their craft.
King told the crowd of about 125 students that his goal is to write stories that sizzle with emotion.
“I’m a confrontational writer. I want to be in your face. I want to get into your space. I want to get within kissing distance, hugging distance, choking distance, punching distance. Call it whatever you want. But I want your attention.”
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