Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Video Lecture

Finally, after all the years of research, writing and delivering the lecture, I finally sat down and recorded it. This is the definitive version of this lecture. Anything else written or performed is addendum to what’s here.

This lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by Stephen King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and Black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Language and content warnings apply!

This lecture has been commissioned by Streetlight Guild.

Scott’s original 2015 essay, “Stephen King’s Magical Negro Problem Isn’t Magical”: https://scottwoodsmakeslists.wordpres…

A revisit of the issue by Scott for Level Magazine in 2020:…

Nnedi Okorafor’s original 2004 essay, “Stephen King’s Super-Duper Magical Negroes” for Strange Horizons:…

Scott’s Top 20 Stephen King books: https://scottwoodsmakeslists.wordpres…

Scott’s Patreon:

All other things Scott Woods (writings, books, etc.):

All things Streetlight Guild:

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