Al Jean was one of the first writers hired to work on The Simpsons in 1989. Barring a brief hiatus, he’s been with the show ever since and is currently its showrunner. Here, he reveals the keys to writing classic episodes.
At the end of the novel The Shining—does Jack knock out Dick Hallorann’s teeth or his dentures with that roque mallet? Rocky Wood knows. His 6,000-page Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King, compiled with two coauthors, is the deepest of deep dives into the people, places, and … things in King’s oeuvre. So it’s no surprise that King hired Wood, an Australian horror author, as a continuity adviser and fact-checker on his new novel, Doctor Sleep.