The question “Who wrote Shawshank Redemption?” was put to me last night by a patron who was absolutely dying to read it. He had seen the movie and had had no idea that it had been based on a story.
The full title of the story is Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. It was written by Stephen King.
While being in prison is probably horrific enough to qualify as a horror story, many people I’ve talked to are surprised to find that King has written stories that aren’t about demonic cars, hungry vampires, or killer clowns.
Shawshank was originally in a King collection called Different Seasons.
The patron left happy and I hope that’s another King fan in the making.