This June 1, 2017, file photo, author Stephen King speaks at Book Expo America in New York. Credit: Mark Lennihan | AP

Another lesson about writing efficiency from Maine’s most famous resident and one of the world’s bestselling authors.

Stephen King took to Twitter Thursday night with what he suggested was a true story more terrifying than perhaps anything he might’ve conjured up in fiction. Sewer-dwelling clown? Meet Eyeball Tick.

As of this writing, the tweet has been “liked” more than 50,000 times and retweeted nearly 9,000 times.

One person responded that this tale was “scarier than IT, Cujo, The Shining and Misery combined,” while another said “The Stand and IT were each ten trillion pages, but here you got us with 42 words.”

And two of them were “tick” and “eyeball.”

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.