(part of my ongoing Unexpected Literary References series)
An old episode, and honestly one of my least favorites. Not sure why, but this one just never did it for me. These two references come from the season two episode titled “A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Bucks” in which Chris becomes a hot-shot New York artist.
First, an evil stuffed clown at a carnival:
Stewie: “Ooooo how deliciously evil looking! It’s like something out of Stephen King”
The evil clown doll may be a reference to King’s character “Pennywise the Clown” from his novel“IT!” (catch credit goes to TVRage.com)
The above aside then leads directly into the second Stephen King gag, a more direct reference in which King (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) sells his publisher (or agent) on a terrible idea for a book. The publisher, of course, buys it.
Stephen King: Okay, for my 307th book .. this couple is attacked by a… uh… A lamp monster! .. ooh…
Publisher/Agent: You’re not even trying anymore, are you?
Publisher: When can I have it?
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About Caleb J. Ross
Caleb began writing his sophomore year of undergrad study when, tired of the formal art education then being taught, he abandoned the pursuit in the middle of a compositional drawing class. Major-less and fearful of losing his financial aid, he signed up to seek a degree in English Literature for no other reason than his lengthy history with the language. Coincidentally, this decision not only introduced him to writing but to reading as well. Prior this transition he had read three books. One of which he understood.