Stephen King, Master of Mystery
I could never count the hundreds of hours of pure terror that I have "enjoyed" reading Stephen King novels, as well as watching the movie adaptations, of which The Shining is my favorite.
I did read his book about writing a few years ago, appropriately entitled "On Writing" and learned, unexpectedly, that he did not meet with immediate success in his writing endeavors. He, too, endured the hurt of rejection letters.
His total contributions to the world of mystery writing has yet to be determined. He is still at it, and still engaging with his readers, still "misleading" us down the path, still keeping us on the edge of our seats.
His latest novel is Full Dark, No Stars, published in November, 2010.