Author Stephen King is known by many as the Master of Horror, weaving stories that thrill and chill us to the bone. Of course, part of what makes his incredible literary canon so compelling are the characters that guide us through his stories. From tragic heroes to otherworldly evils to the most human of terrors, King just seems to know what makes people tick.
But have you ever wondered which of his characters you might be based on your zodiac sign? Well, there’s no need to keep hemming and hawing about it any longer—the stars have all the answers you need. Combining the art of astrology with a nuanced world of horror, find out which Stephen King character you'd be based on your zodiac sign.
Aries: March 21-April 19
People born under the sign of Aries tend to be ground breakers and risk takers. Who better exemplifies that than Jake Epping, the protagonist of ? Epping discovers a mode of traveling into the past. Paving not only a new future, but a new past, Epping attempts to stop the assassination of JFK—but only twisted time will tell if he's made the right choices.
Taurus: April 20-May 20
Taurus is the sign of The Bull—honest to a fault, strong, and down to earth. Dolores is the focal point of , weaving a story that tracks three periods of time through her harrowing confession. She’s been accused of murdering her elderly and cruel employer, but her innocence is marred by a crime from her past. With a life bogged down by hardship, Dolores is one hell of a survivor with a blunt charm that makes her one of King’s more endearing characters.
To sum up both Dolores and Tauruses, look to this quote from the novel: “Sometimes you have to be a high riding bitch to survive, sometimes, being a bitch is all a woman has to hang on to.”
Gemini: May 21-June 20
Yes, Gemini is the sign of The Twins, and we know what you're thinking. But the Grady Twins from Stanley Kubrick's horror movie adaptation of do not represent this sign; indeed, the twins aren't even in King's original novel. Instead, dear Geminis, look to young Danny. This air sign is ruled by its curiosity, optimism, and versatile nature. Young Danny explores the eerie Overlook Hotel with all the recklessness of the child that he is, and his special gift—the shining—gives him a unique perspective on the past, present, and future. Not to mention his bond with his “imaginary friend” Tony certainly encompasses the duality so common among Geminis.
Cancer: June 21-July 22
Cancers are deeply intuitive and protective individuals—much like Johnny Smith from . Johnny’s intuition is a bit more evolved, as after an accident in his younger days he now sees visions of the future. Haunted by his visions, Johnny tries to ignore his gift and live life as usual. But after Johnny catches a glimpse of an apocalyptic timeline, he becomes determined to save the world at any cost.
Talented and selfless is the name of the Cancer game.
Leo: July 23-August 22
Charlene "Charlie" McGee
Leo is a bold and fierce fire sign, full of self-assuredness and a burning flare for the dramatic. ’s young Charlie McGee is a prime example of a Leo, born with the powerful gift of pyrokinesis. As diabolical agents from The Shop hunt her and her family down, a determined fury burns inside her until it cannot be contained. Exceptional Leos are capable of igniting the world around them when push comes to shove.
Virgo: August 23-September 22
People may consider Virgos exceedingly picky, but they prefer to describe themselves as sophisticated and organized. Eddie Kaspbrak from King’s acclaimed horror novel is the epitome of a Virgo. Besides his neat and tidy tendencies, Eddie is gentle and loyal through and through—two irreplaceable qualities in this sign of The Virgin. While sometimes he may be underestimated, he’s willing to sacrifice anything when it comes to the people he cares about.
Libra: September 23-October 22
Libras are associated with The Scales for a reason, and it all comes back to their gracious sense of justice. Stephen King’s novella, , introduces readers to Andy Dufresne, a man unjustly imprisoned for murder. But Andy isn’t one to let unfairness stand. Like a driven and uncompromising Libra, Andy uses every tool at his disposal to even the score.
Scorpio: October 23-November 21
Scorpios are defined by their resourcefulness and stubborn-to-the-core nature. While a lot of people under the sign of The Scorpion get a bad rap, characters like ’s Jessie Burlingame are a prime example of how this sign’s traits can yield powerful results. After her husband has an unexpected heart attack, Jessie is left handcuffed to their bed in a remote lake house. Rather than letting herself waste away and fall victim to a hopeless situation, Jessie rallies her strength to find an escape.
While her stubbornness may have kept the demons of her past lingering in the back of her mind, it also helped her survive horrors far worse than hallucinations and malnourishment.
Sagittarius: November 22-December 21
Those born under the sign of The Archer are generous, strong-willed leaders with a fire in their gut that keeps them pushing forward. David Drayton from is a perfect example of Sagittarius’s guiding nature. When interdimensional monsters invade his town, David and the others trapped inside of a grocery store must fight for their survival. With his young son Billy at his side, David takes the reins against dangerous religious fanatics, military mishaps, and otherworldly terrors.
Capricorn: December 22-January 19
People ruled by the sign of The Goat tend to be tenacious go-getters, with a seriousness that often puts them in positions of power. Who better to reflect the unflinchingly dedicated, intense, and compulsively controlling nature of Capricorns than ’s Annie Wilkes? Sure she’s framed as a villain, but isn’t the real crime here a bad ending? She’s not going to let one author’s ideas of how her favorite series should end hobble her goals.
Aquarius: January 20-February 18
Those born under the sign of Aquarius are creatures of excitement with big hearts and an aversion to loneliness. Poor Saint Bernard Cujo from the similarly titled King novel is as loving as all dogs tend to be. But man’s best friend finds a little too much excitement when he undergoes unfortunate and unwanted changes after a bite from a bat. Some good boys can’t help being bad, and Aquariuses have a natural aversion to change—for good reason, it seems.
Pisces: February 19-March 20
This sign of The Fish goes hand in hand with sensitivity, spirituality, and a trusting nature that can sometimes lead to their being victimized. Carrie White from King’s beloved novel is the epitome of a Pisces in a bad situation. Every jab against Carrie seems to draw blood due to her naturally gentle nature. However, while Pisces may seem like easy targets on the surface, you should always remember that they are still highly capable people with strength at their core—and they're willing to prove it if push comes to shove.
Featured photo of "Firestarter" via Universal Pictures.