NEW YORK (AP) _ Fright writer Stephen King doesn't mind toning down his horror stories for TV. He thinks it's good for the imagination.

``A little footbinding can be good for you,'' King writes in the Feb. 13-19 TV Guide. ``When you know your story is going under the gaze of people who are watching for dead folks with open eyes (a no-no on network TV), children who utter bad words (another no-no) or large amounts of spilled blood (a gigantic no-no), you begin to think of alternative ways of getting your point across.''

His latest miniseries, ``Stephen King's Storm of the Century,'' airs on ABC this month.

Feature films require less self-editing, but King likes TV because it reaches the largest possible audience.