- Associated Press - Friday, December 7, 2012

LOWELL, MASS. (AP) - Novelist Stephen King has told creative writing students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell that his goal is to write stories that sizzle with emotion.

The horror-master from Maine is the author of books such as “The Stand,” “The Shining” and “The Green Mile.”

King gave a special class for creative writing majors at the university Friday. Later, King and fellow bestselling author Andre Dubus III shared the stage for a conversation about their craft.

King told the crowd of about 125 students that he’s a “confrontational writer.” He says he wants to “get within kissing distance, hugging distance, choking distance, punching distance. Call it whatever you want. But I want your attention.”

He has two new books coming out in 2013, including a sequel to “The Shining” called “Doctor Sleep.”

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