Almost everyone has seen or heard of at least one movie or TV show adapted from Stephen King's novels whether they realize it or not.
King's novels – and their tv and movie adaptations- have been massive successes and have definitely impacted culture in a big way. Iconic movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, and Misery are all highly acclaimed and regarded as classics. From 1976 to 2017, a span of almost forty years, King has had more than thirty books adapted into movies or TV shows, attesting to his longevity as a writer.
Though his novels cover a variety of genres, King specializes in horror. The “Here's Johnny!” scene from The Shining has become universally recognized, and the gif of the scene can be found in all corners of the internet. In addition, the clown from IT is also infamous, contributing to or even creating the widespread fear of clowns in popular culture.