The 13th Floor

Stephen King Examines Childhood Fears in This Amazing Animated Short

Back in October of 1989, during an interview for WAMC’s Public Radio Book Club, Stephen King was posed a question he’s likely heard thousands of times over the course of his four-decade career: Where do our darkest fears come from?

King could have provided a generic answer… but instead, he does what he does best: opens a window into the human mind, drawing on personal experience to illustrate how deeply fears are rooted in our childhood imaginations.

Image Credit: PBS Digital Studios via YouTube
Image Credit: PBS Digital Studios via YouTube

In turn, that interview sparked the creativity of animator-filmmaker Patrick Smith — whose PBS short film series BLANK ON BLANK adapts “lost” audio interviews with historic figures and cultural icons into brilliant animated films.

Past subjects have included David Bowie, Kurt Vonnegut, Frank Lloyd Wright, Roger Ebert, Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Bette Davis, Francis Ford Coppola, Maya Angelou, Carl Sagan and many more.

Image Credit: PBS Digital Studios via YouTube
Image Credit: PBS Digital Studios via YouTube

King’s legendary works are cleverly referenced in the short (particularly IT and THE SHINING), in which he examines the difference between the way we tackle life’s obstacles as children, versus how we deal with issues as adults… and how we often return to that childhood non-linear thinking in our dreams.

Take an intimate, insightful and often funny look at the inner workings of a literary mastermind in STEPHEN KING ON CHILDHOOD:

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