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Stephen King fans, you can earn money watching his scariest movies at home

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One lucky Stephen King fan is about to make a LOT of money watching 13 of the author’s scariest horror movies for Halloween 2019. Could it be you?

Stephen King – aka the greatest horror writer of all time (we’re big fans, OK?) – is having a moment. A big moment. Not only has the film adaptation of It 2 been getting rave reviews from the press, but a star-studded adaptation of Doctor Sleep is due out this autumn – and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is currently in pre-production.

Then there’s the fact that King is making huge waves on Netflix, too: hot on the heels of Gerald’s Game and 1922, the streaming platform is adapting In The Tall Grass, yet another of the author’s lesser-known novels, into a film. Phew.

All in all, it’s a very good time to be a King fan – especially as a US company is now offering to pay one lucky winner (or Loser, if you’re based in Derry) over £1,000 to watch 13 of the author’s film adaptations before Halloween.

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That’s right: USDish is looking for someone to watch 13 adaptations of King’s spookiest stories, and for their bravery, they’ll earn $1,300 (approx. £1,041).

To volunteer as tribute, you’ll need to fill out an application complete with a 200-word statement about why you deserve the job. And, if you’re chosen, you’ll be sent 13 of King’s classic movies to watch from the comfort of your own sofa.

Here’s the full list, for your perusal:

  1. Carrie (original or 2013 remake)
  2. Children of the Corn
  3. Christine
  4. Creepshow
  5. Cujo
  6. Dreamcatcher
  7. It (original or 2017 remake)
  8. The Mist
  9. Pet Sematary (original or 2019 remake)
  10. Salem’s Lot
  11. The Shining
  12. Thinner
  13. Misery

USDish will also be sending you a survival kit, complete with a torch, blanket and plenty of Stephen King paraphernalia. Plus, y’know, plenty of popcorn to chomp on/hurl into the air when you get to the biggest jump scares.

(Below: The final trailer for Doctor Sleep)

There is, though, a catch. Because you won’t just be watching the films for fun, oh no. You will be asked to record the number of scares that make you jump, for the purposes of horror science.

“You’ll let us know who joined in on the scares with you,” says USDish. “You’ll let us know what you thought before watching certain movies, and if your feelings changed after you completed them. You’ll even log your sleep – if you can sleep.

“We want to know all this and more! We’ll provide a worksheet to help guide you along the way, but you’re not limited to what we give you—feel free to share your thoughts, like a journal, and give us all the frightening deets!”

To help you out with the data dumping, you’ll be kitted out with a FitBit, which will measure your heart rate during each movie. And, when you shut off your TV for the night, shut off all the lights, and creep back under the bedcovers, the device will record the amount of sleep you manage to get, too. If any.

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Still interested? No degree is necessary, nor will a drug test or background check be performed. However, there are a few rules: applicants must be 18 years or older (primarily due to the movie ratings) – and they must be a US citizen or permanent resident to apply. Which we’ve no doubt will upset King’s fans across the globe.

If you tick all the boxes, applications close on the 15 October, just a little over two weeks until Halloween – aka the spookiest day of the year. Check out the link here.

Good luck.

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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