For decades, Stephen King has terrified readers with his tales of a vicious killer clown, a haunted hotel, a killer teenager with telekinesis… and microwave-cooked salmon.
On Tuesday, the 74-year-old author took to Twitter to suggest a recipe for dinner to his followers — but it hasn’t been as well received as his novels, prompting quick mockery and backlash.
King explained his favorite way to cook salmon in the microwave, which he uses with oil, lemon juice, and paper towels.
The fish meal containing nuclear fish rattled and angered commentators, many of whom made jokes about King’s unfailing ability to frighten readers.
On Tuesday, best-selling author Stephen King, 74, took to Twitter to suggest to his followers a recipe for a dinner of microwaved salmon.
Put some olive oil and lemon juice on it. Wrap it in wet paper towels. Put it in the microwave for 3 minutes or so. eat it,” he wrote
“Dinner: Get a delicious salmon fillet from the supermarket, not too big,” King began.
Put some olive oil and lemon juice on it. Wrap it in wet paper towels. Put it in the microwave for 3 minutes or so. all of which.
“Maybe add a salad,” he added.
To some, the author of Misery’s recipe sounded good, and several commentators shared their own opinions about salmon in the microwave.
But for many, King’s basic sin of cooking fish in the microwave was chilling like a mad dog, a severe pandemic, or a magical dome besieging an entire city.
One commenter wrote: “This is probably the shortest horror story I’ve ever written.”
“It’s really unbelievable what kind of horror a king can summon with just a few words,” Jamila Boy joked.
For many, King’s basic sin of cooking fish in the microwave was chilling like a mad dog, a severe pandemic, or a magical dome locking up an entire city (Stocked Image)
Many described it as another horror story, congratulating the author for his terrifying tweet
Another Twitter user said: “Say what you want, but the guy still knows how to freak out.”
A fourth wrote: “This is an excellent horror story, well done, sir.”
At least one commenter expressed concern that King was using drugs, while others were shivering at the thought of the possible stench.
One wrote: “The smell of microwaved fish is more horrifying than anything I’ve written, and I say this as a fan who has hardly ever seen a trailer or seen a cover with your name on it without being afraid of the next level.
One fan wrote: ‘This would be understandable if you currently live in a college dorm. However, it is still not acceptable.
Another came up with a suggestion that he seemed to think was just as revolting.
They wrote, ‘I eat it raw in front of the deli clerk while I ask them what they think the last thought the fish had was, before telling them.’
For decades, King has terrified readers with his tales of a vicious killer clown, a haunted hotel, and a teenage killer with telekinesis.
At least one commenter expressed concern that King was using drugs, while others were shivering at the thought of a possible stench.
“Sorry to hear about your divorce recently, Stephen,” another Twitter user joked.
Even Patricia Arquette walked in, though she did so to keep warm about the chemicals: “Two chemicals found in paper towels are chlorine and formaldehyde. Chlorine is used to make paper towels white. Like thermal paper (receipts), paper towels have been found to contain Bisphenol A (BPA), even tissue paper made from recycled paper.
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However, King responded to critics with good humor, tweeting: “I have one thing to say to people grumbling about my salmon recipe: Don’t be upset if you haven’t tried it.”
King’s divisive recipe was shared in a fun time: In October, Ten Speed Press will release “Castle Rock Kitchen: Wicked Good Recipes from the World of Stephen King” by Teresa Karl Sanders — with a striker by King himself.
The book will feature recipes inspired by King’s books, including Pancakes with the Toziers from It, Blue Plate Special from 11/22/63, Crab Canapés from Pet Sematary, and Blueberry Cheesecake Pie from the short story The Body.