Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I grew up a Stephen King nerd as I’ve illustrated a few bazillion trillion times on the site. There’s something about his work, specifically his early work, that is particularly involving. Whether it’s Carrie, The Shining or Salem’s Lot there’s a feeling of ease to those novels, where he was content telling simple stories extremely well, that disappeared after he birthed The Stand and It. In fact, The Stand is like the turning point, where that same focused writer discovered the epic within himself and as a result The Stand is simply brilliant. I believe it will be taught in schools some day as an example of popular fiction used to deconstruct modern fears with old school myth-building.
I’m pretty sure I saw Tobe Hooper’s TV movie of Salem’s Lot before I read King’s book, so I had the Nosferatu-style vampire in mind when reading (even though the book’s Kurt Barlow is absolutely not that kind of vampire) and that creepy image of the Glick boy floating at the window.
I’ve run a couple images from that moment in the past, but today I have two more worthy of your eyeballs. The first up is Mr. James Mason, who played Barlow’s human servant Straker, reading through the script with wife Clarissa Kaye. The second image features Tobe Hooper, producer Richard Kobritz and a special guest who came by for a visit on this day… one Mr. John Carpenter! Keep in mind this has to be around the time of Halloween and Carpenter was doing some TV work, like Someone’s Watching Me, Elvis and as the writer of Eyes of Laura Mars.
Anyway, they’re both great and I hope you dig ‘em. Click to enlargen!
Tomorrow’s pic also features the horror master.