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Stephen King to receive PEN Literary Service Award

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Horror master is set to receive the 2018 Literary Service Award.

The annual honour is presented to a "critically acclaimed author whose work embodies to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity."

Past winners include J K Rowling, Salman Rushdie, and

"No stranger to the dark side, has inspired us to stand up to sinister forces through his rich prose, his generous philanthropy, and his outspoken defense of free expression. Stephen has fearlessly used his bully pulpit as one of our country's best-loved writers to speak out about the mounting threats to free expression and democracy that are endemic to our times.

"His vivid storytelling reaches across boundaries to captivate multitudes of readers, young and old, in this country and worldwide, across the political spectrum. He helps us all to confront our demonswhether a dancing clown or a tweeting president," Andrew Solomon, President, said in a statement posted on their official website.

will be honoured on May 22 at the 2018 Literary Gala, the same day his latest novel, "The Outsiders", will release.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:10 IST