A style of writing made popular by Stephen King
. He describes it in On Writing
as placing a character or characters in some predicament, dangerous or otherwise, and writing them either to death or to to life at the expense of their sanity and the deaths of many other characters.
For the most part, King's writings have embodied this style.
, for example, places a mother and her son in a broken down car which is under attack by a rabid dog
puts a high school in the hands of a mad, gun-toting
student. Gerald's Game
is about a woman trapped, tied to a bed after she has killed her abusive husband in a bizarre sex act
tells the story of a popular fiction writer
who, after a horrible car accident, is held hostage by a crazed fan
. The list goes on and on.
There are a few exceptions of course, predominantly in his most recent works. Bag of Bones
is a good example of the exception. This book relies more on back-story
than situation. The epic series The Dark Tower
is another. This series, perhaps King's most anticipated work, is in a genre
all its own.
Other writers have adopted situational fiction with success, notably Dean Koontz
, Tom Clancy
and John Grisham