Why is Stephen King so polarizing among the literary literati? I have no idea, and I really have no wish to fall into that kind of conversation.
However, I did recently publish an essay on why he has been so influential in my life, ever since I found “The Shining” in my school library.
If anyone has any doubts about Stephen King’s skills and love of writing, read his book “On Writing”. It’s a love letter from King to the art of writing. It is also one of the acknowledged classics for teaching writing.