Well at heart King is a good ol' 60s hippie type liberal and all those tropes are very evident not only in The Mist novella, which was published slap in the middle of the Reagan era, but also in most of his early work. Carrie has the religious paranoia; distrust of the military in The Stand and Firestarter, and bunches of short stories in Night Shift; ditto the government being up to something horrible in all those books plus The Dead Zone; The Stand also touches on overwhelming environmental catastrophe/human negligence, and the terror of being one of a few rational people surrounded by lunatics (although that isn't just a liberal fear, that's a basic human fear that is expressed by both the zombie mythos and the visions of torch and pitchfork waving villagers in Frankenstein). And he was smack in the middle of the zeitgeist of the time, with all the fiction thrillers about nefarious government projects and all the horror movies that were based on fears of polution and "ecology" (a word that just seems dipped in earth tone nostalgia now).
Yeah I agree Colleen. Huge fan of King and he is definetly a child of the sixties. All those things often pop up in sci-fi in general, but this movie just piles them on. I haven't though about Reagan, yeah it makes sense the novella was published with the gipper in office.
The one thing that King doesn't always have is a fear of rural Americans, as the level headed rational types just as often come from the rural areas as the drooling idiots do.
I would disagree there. I wouldn't say that he has a negative view of rednecks per say, but he seems to associate evil with small towns and rural areas. I mean how many of his books (especially the classics) take place in a small town? I think IT
is a classic example of this, you have a small serene little town where something absolutely terrible is hiding beneath the surface. If you look closer you find all kinds of crime and abuse taking place in the town, and if you look at its history you uncover unimaginable evil, oh and there is a clown living in the sewer and eating people. Seems like a pretty consistent theme in King's writings.