Stephen King's not just one of the bestselling writers of all time. He's also one of the most prolific. He's got hundreds of printed works, but even he leaves a few unfinished from time to time, and he describes one as the tale of a place where even the Man of Steel wouldn't dare venture.
King was on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson this week to play the final performance of his all-author band the Rock Bottom Remainders (yes, he's got a band, and it also includes the likes of Dave Barry, Matt Groening, Amy Tan and Barbara Kingsolver). But even amid all the rock 'n' roll hijinks, he found time to sit down with Ferguson to talk a little about writing.
If you couldn't tell from his novels, King has a fascination with horror intruding into everyday life. As an example of this fascination, he shares with Ferguson the plot of an unfinished story titled "The Ladies Room," which King calls "the one place Superman can't go." It starts in an airport, when a wife leaves her husband to wait for her as she goes to the ladies room, and then starts to get strange.
Listen to King explain how the story would have developed, and why he never wrote it.
It sounds like it could have been a cool little story, but it's not as if King doesn't have plenty to do. His novel The Wind Through the Keyhole was released earlier this year and became a New York Times #1 bestseller. Doctor Sleep, his sequel to The Shining, is headed to bookstores early next year, and he's got a book about an amusement park serial killer in the works.
And if you'd like to catch a glimpse of King the rockstar, head over to EW for a look at the Rock Bottom Remainders' Late Late Show performance.