Stephen King’s wife threatened divorce over his love of one popular song

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6 Sep 2023, 15:43

Stephen King and his wife

Acclaimed horror author Stephen King’s terrifying works might be enough to scare the majority of us, but it turns out his wife was almost scared off by something far more surprising.

Speaking with Rolling Stone magazine about his latest book, Holly, the IT author revealed that his wife Tabitha almost divorced him over his love of one popular song - Mambo No. 5.

Referring to himself as a “big time” fan of the late 90s song by German singer Lou Bega (who himself sampled the tune from a 1950s jazz song), King added: “My wife threatened to divorce me. I played that a lot. I had the dance mix.

“I loved those extended play things, and I played both sides of it. And one of them was just total instrumental. And I played that thing until my wife just said: ‘One more time, and I’m going to f****** leave you.’”

Staying on the topic of music, King revealed he likes finding tracks that he can listen to a lot while writing. 

“A lot of it is techno stuff or disco stuff, but techno in particular,” he said, before adding: “There’s this group called LCD Soundsystem, and I love that. Fat Boy Slim is somebody else.”

Explaining why it’s techno he gravitates to while writing, the Pet Sematary author continued: “If you tried to write and listen to Lenorard Cohen, how the f*** would you do that? Because you’d have to listen to the words and you’d have to listen to what he’s saying.”

King did say, however, that he listens to less music now when writing than he used to. “I think it’s because I’ve slowed down a little bit, or the thought process is not as limber as it was when I was say 30, 35,” he explained.

“But I still do listen to it when I polish, when I rewrite, and I listen to a lot of loud rock and roll,” he added.