The name Stephen King is often enough to send pangs of joy through sci fi/horror fans. King is the colossus of chills, the sultan of scares, the great bloodbino! Badly placed Sandlot references aside, a horror fan that is not familiar with the print and/or cinematic portions of Kings’ work is one who is merely trying to fit in, and doing a poor job at that.
If there is any knock on King, however, it might be due to his inability to ensure that the big screen version of his stories always match the quality of his novels. Not to say that all films based off of Stephen King novels have flopped, but anyone with a Netflix account can do a bit of searching and find the seedy underbelly of his film adaptations.