The New York Times on Wednesday published a feature, “Stephen King’s Family Business,” on the horror author’s family and its long-standing connection to the written word.

“If reading was a common escape in the King household, it was nonetheless deeply social,” Dominus writes. “They read on tape, but they also took turns reading aloud after dinner, passing around ‘The Hobbit’ or the Narnia chronicles. It followed that writing came to feel like something they all could share as well. Stephen and Tabitha did not take themselves off to quiet sheds or off-site offices to write; they wrote in their own home, upstairs, as their kids, below, wondered what words were being put on the page and played elaborate role-playing games of their own.”

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