… we each owe a death … there are no exceptions … but oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long …

“We Each Owe A Death” – Stephen King

Stephen King (“Paul Edgecomb, The Green Mile”)
Born September 21, 1947
American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy.

“We Each Owe A Death” – Stephen King – Note

Stephen King’s books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books.

He has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections. Many of his stories are set in his home state of Maine. His novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption was the basis for the movie The Shawshank Redemption which is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

“We Each Owe A Death” – Stephen King – The Green Mile

The Green Mile won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel in 1996. In 1997, The Green Mile was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award and the Locus Award.

Frank Darabont adapted the novel into a screenplay for a feature film of the same name. Released in 1999, the film was directed by Darabont and starred Tom Hanks as Paul Edgecombe and Michael Clarke Duncan as John Coffey. The setting is changed from 1932 to 1935 in order to include the film Top Hat, which doesn’t appear in the book.


From left to right, Frank Darabont, Stephen King, and Tom Hanks on the set of the Green Mile.

“We Each Owe A Death” – Ending

… one thought – more than any other – keeps awake most nights …


… if he could keep a mouse alive, how much longer do I have? …

… we each owe a death … there are no exceptions …

… but oh God, sometimes the Green Mile seems so long …

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