Horror master Stephen King to receive PEN America award

File-This June 1, 2017, file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. There’s a whiff of horror about PEN America’s new Literary Service Award winner, it’s Stephen King. The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History. His new novel, “The Outsider,” is also published on that date. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

PEN America will honor legendary suspense writer Stephen King with the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award at its annual Literary Gala on May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

NEW YORK — There's a whiff of horror about PEN America's new Literary Service Award winner — it's Stephen King.

The literary and human rights organization will honor King with the award May 22 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The Bangor, Maine, resident's new novel, "The Outsider," is being published on that date.

The award is handed out every year to a critically acclaimed writer "whose body of work helps us understand and interpret the human condition, engendering empathy and imagination in even the darkest hours."

King's books include "It," ''The Stand" and "Misery."

Other writers who have won the prize include Stephen Sondheim, J.K. Rowling (ROHL'-ing), Tom Stoppard, Salman Rushdie (SAHL'-mahn ROOSH'-dee), Toni Morrison and Margaret Atwood.

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