1. Joe Hill
Twitter Handle: @joe_hill
Why? This follow makes sense, not only because Hill himself is a wildly successful horror writer (do not miss his aforementioned comic book series with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke and Key) but also because he is Stephen King’s son. When in doubt, follow family.
2. Owen King
Twitter Handle: @OwenKingwriter
Twitter Bio: “Author of the novel Double Feature and other popular favorites. Stories in One Story, Prairie Schooner, etc.”
Why? Owen King, like Joe Hill, is also a writer… and a son of Stephen King. Owen is the youngest of the King progeny, and his debut novel, Double Feature, was released this year (you can listen to him discuss it on NPR here). Second son, second follow.
3. Neil Gaiman
Twitter Handle: @neilhimself
Twitter Bio: “will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.”
Why? Neil Gaiman, like Stephen King, is a masterful writer. He is also a master of something which Stephen is not: Twitter. Perhaps King is looking for some tips… or maybe they’re just friends (in which case I would like a co-written book à la Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens right away, please and thank you).
4. The New Yorker
Twitter Handle: @NewYorker
Twitter Bio: “The New Yorker is a weekly magazine with a mix of reporting of politics and culture, humor and cartoons, fiction and poetry, and reviews and criticism.”
Twitter Handle: @goodreads
Twitter Bio: “The largest site for readers and book recommendations. Find new books, recommend books, track your reading, join book clubs, win advanced copies, and much more!”
Why? Stephen King has always been good about interacting with his fans (check out his humorous yet helpful FAQ page on his author website, for example), so it would make sense that he’d start following one of the best (and largest) online books communities around.
6. Kelly Braffet
Twitter Handle: @KellyBraffet
Twitter Bio: “Author of the novel SAVE YOURSELF (available now from Crown Publishing) and constant battler against the chaos.”
7. Laura Miller
Twitter Handle: @magiciansbook
Twitter Bio: “Writer for Salon + NY Times, author of Magician’s Book: Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia”
Why? Laura Miller, author of The Magician’s Book and queen of all things reading at Salon, kicked up a lil’ controversy earlier this year by defending Stephen King’s well-documented dislike of Stanley Kubrick’s film version of The Shining. Two days later she published a rave review of King’s latest (and sequel to The Shining) Doctor Sleep, rating it “among King’s best books.” A good ally to have, should King find himself in a twitter spat.
8. Margaret Atwood
Twitter Handle: @MargaretAtwood
Twitter Bio: “author”
Why? She’s Margaret fucking Atwood. Another master of writing, who is also a master of Twitter. She’s also gotten Stephen King’s sweetest tweet yet:
@MargaretAtwood I have no idea what I’m doing here. The thought of all those eyeballs has stricken me dumb.
9. Kurt Sutter
Twitter Handle: @sutterink
Twitter Bio: “Writer, Director of television and film. Creator/EP, Sons of Anarchy.”
Why? Stephen King made a guest appearance in episode three, season three of Sons of Anarchy. His character’s name was “Bachman,” an allusion to King’s pen name, Richard Bachman (more on that here). King wrote a bit about the experience on his site, and obviously had a blast (even if the motorcycle they put him on was, as King put it, “a little tricked-out for my taste.”)
10. Linwood Barclay
Twitter Handle: @linwood_barclay
Twitter Bio: “Crime novelist, ex-columnist, former trailer park operator”
Why? Because Stephen King is a fan. “Where has Linwood Barclay been all my life?” he once wrote in his column for Entertainment Weekly. King would later say, “My idea of a sweet ride is three days of rain, a fridge filled with snacks, and a new Linwood Barclay.” The Twitter bromance between these two could be epic.
11. Mary Karr
Twitter Handle: @marykarrlit
Twitter Bio: “Mary Karr’s memoirs are The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit; her four books of poetry include Sinners Welcome and Viper Rum.”
Why? “I was stunned by Mary Karr’s memoir, The Liars’ Club. Not just by its ferocity, its beauty, and by her delightful grasp of the vernacular — but by its totality — she is a woman who remembers everything about her early years.” That’s a line from the early pages in Stephen King’s incredible book, On Writing. If you’re a writer or aspiring writer and have not yet read On Writing please stop reading this post and go do so now.
12. Reverend Naomi King
Twitter Handle: @revnaomi
Twitter Bio: “Unitarian Universalist teacher, knitter, reader, coffee drinker, lover of life!”
Why? Yes, Reverend Naomi King is Stephen King’s middle child, but she is also a kick ass minister who uses social media to help get out her message of kindness and generosity. A good follow should King find himself balking at the crueler sides of Twitter.
13. Sons of Anarchy
Twitter Handle: @SonsofAnarchy
Twitter Bio: “The official twitter account for SONS OF ANARCHY ON FX.”
Why? As mentioned above, Stephen King has had a guest appearance on the show, but one has to wonder, does this mean “Bachman” might be returning to Charming, CA?
14. Kim Coates
Twitter Handle: @KimFCoates
Twitter Bio: “I can’t tell you how to succeed… but I can tell you how to fail, by trying to please everyone.”
Why? Kim Coates’ love-to-hate character on Sons of Anarchy, “Tig,” shared the screen with “Bachman” when Stephen King made his guest appearance on the show. The only other actor in the scene was…
15. Katey Sagal
Twitter Handle: @KateySagal
Twitter Bio: “Actress, wife, mother. Currently playing Gemma on FX’s Sons of Anarchy”
Why? Katy Sagal, along with Kim Coates, shared the screen with Stphen King when he made his cameo on Sons of Anarchy. King wrote that the two actors “treated me like a professional, which I most assuredly am not.”