One nation, under Stephen King…

A conversation with Stephen King

(NEWS CENTER) — Many agree this year's election has been far from normal.

Some may even say, a decade or so from now, that its plots and twists could serve as a possible backdrop for a Stephen King story.

NEWS CENTER sat down with King Friday to discuss the release of his new book, "Hearts in Suspension," and to also get his take on the campaign-style lawn signs seen around Bangor expressing support for Pennywise, the iconic clown from his 1986 horror novel, "It."

In one of King's novellas from 1982, "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption," protagonist Andy Dufresne explains an analogy to Red, the narrator, pertaining to decision-making when faced with trouble.

In the latter of two examples, he tells Red some believe "there's no harm in hoping for the best as long as you're prepared for the worst."

So… what if Pennywise actually were to become president?

Here is a purely hypothetical look at a list of Cabinet members under a President Pennywise:

President – Pennywise (It, 1986)
Vice President – James "Big Jim" Rennie (Under the Dome, 2009)
Secretary of State – Johnny Smith (The Dead Zone, 1979)
Secretary of Defense – Roland Deschain (The Dark Tower series, 1998-2004)
Secretary of Treasury – William Andrews (Afterlife, 2013)
Secretary of Energy – Charlene "Charlie" McGee (Firestarter, 1980)
Secretary of Agriculture – Dr. Louis Creed (Pet Sematary, 1983)
Secretary of Education – Carrietta N. "Carrie" White (Carrie, 1974)
Secretary of Transportation – Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham (Christine, 1983)
Secretary of Health and Human Services – Annie Wilkes (Misery, 1987)
Secretary of Homeland Security – Ben Mears (‘Salem’s Lot, 1975)
Secretary of Labor – Ollie Weeks (The Mist, 1980)
Secretary of Commerce – Leland Gaunt (Needful Things, 1991)
Secretary of Interior – Gary “Jonesy” Jones (Dreamcatcher, 2001)
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Jack Torrance (The Shining, 1977)
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator – Randall Flagg (The Stand, 1978)
Attorney General – Paul Edgecombe (The Green Mile, 1996)
Chief of Staff – Gordie Lachance (The Body, 1982)

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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