I'm reading my first actual Stephen King horror book (IT) and I can tell you right now it is going to be a while till I can post a review (40 pages down, 1100 to go). However, I am loving it right now. I love the set up of IT as your childhood fear of the basement or what's underneath the bed. The first passage where George goes down into the basement just set the mood/theme/whatever you want to call it for the entire book. I love the way he introduces the idea right at the beginning before you even meet IT as a character.
Since I've only read his short stories and On Writing, I want to hear my readers' thoughts today. What do you think of Stephen King? Is he a one-note hack? An under-appreciated literary genius? Which of his books is your favorite and why? Or do you refuse to read him, and, if so, why?