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What Disturbs the (Stephen) King of Fear? Hint: Rats! [Exclusive Video]

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What does it take to scare the king… Stephen King, that is? (Seems impossible, doesn't it?) That's the question "omg! Insider" co-anchor Kevin Frazier asked the iconic author, who has a new hit on his hands: CBS's "Under the Dome," which is based on King's novel of the same name, premiered to groundbreaking ratings: 13.14 million viewers, to be exact, making it the most-watched summer drama on any network since 1992. That's definitely nothing to be scared of. 

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So what does freak out King? "Interviews. Promotional swings. They're tough," the writer joked. Apparently, a sense of humor and a fascination with the macabre are not mutually exclusive.

While he didn't confess to one trigger in particular, he did say, "I think I'm a naturally fearful person, and I think that conquering our fears makes us a better person."

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So King doesn't necessarily have a phobia; that doesn't mean some freaky thoughts don't disturb the author. But what does "disturbing" mean to the man whose novels have haunted readers for decades? (As Frazier aptly put it, "Your disturbing is very different than a regular person's disturbing.") King's answer was downright, well, disturbing, no matter who you are! "My idea of disturbing is if you wake up in the night and yawn and a rat runs in your mouth." Gross!

What about "Under the Dome"? Will it get more terrifying in coming episodes? While the premise is science fiction, as opposed to straight horror, King assured us that it will get pretty twisted. "Week after week, the screws tighten, supplies get a little bit thin, and people's tempers start to fray. It's a tough situation. But it makes good TV."

"Under the Dome" airs Mondays at 10 PM on CBS.

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