When Does Stephen King Plan To Retire?

Stephen King is arguably the king of modern horror novels- no pun intended! From 1977's Carrie to his most recent release The Institute, King has now written exactly 61 books that have reached varying degrees of success. A majority of these books are later adapted into movies that range from minor hits to record-breaking box office hits. With It: Chapter Two out now and Doctor Sleep (the long-awaited sequel to The Shining) set it hit the big screen later this year, it looks like King will continue to bring in a ton of money and success for quite some time.

But now that he's 72 years old, many fans can't help but wonder if or when King plans to retire. This subject recently came up during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. King was on the late-night talk show to talk about his newest book The Institute, the recent release of It: Chapter Two and much more. Eventually, Colbert asked him point-blank if retirement is on the horizon for the horror author.

Long-time fans of King may recognize that this would be King's second retirement. He announced his first retirement from writing back in 2002- roughly three years after a car hit him, almost killing the author. He was 54 years old at the time of his first retirement. But he eventually returned to writing, much to the enjoyment of his fans.

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In response, King said, "God will tell me when to retire. He’ll say, 'Get out of the game, hang up your jock, you’re done.' But until then, this is the best job in the world because no one can make you retire at a mandatory age. You can just continue until you start to drivel. And then at that point it might be a good time for somebody to say, 'You know, Steve, you outta stop.' For now, I’m enjoying what I’m doing and I get to be on The Colbert Show, which is not a bad deal."

So it appears as though King has no real plan to retire in the near future. Who could blame him, though? With one successful book after another continuing to come out alongside movie and even TV adaptations- all while making media appearance and working on other projects- King doesn't look ready to slow down. But when he does decide to retire from writing for good, it can be agreed that he's had one hell of a successful writing career!

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