From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the genre. In 1981, years before he sat down to... show more
From the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the genre. In 1981, years before he sat down to tackle On Writing, Stephen King decided to address the topic of what makes horror horrifying and what makes terror terrifying. Here, in ten brilliantly written chapters, King delivers one colorful observation after another about the great stories, books, and films that comprise the horror genre—from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone, and Earth vs. The Flying Saucers.With the insight and good humor his fans appreciated in On ?Writing , Danse Macabre is an enjoyably entertaining tour through Stephen King’s beloved world of horror.
Publish date: February 23rd 2010
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages no: 512
Edition language: English
King is a very personable author, one of those few who "talk" like they write, and can charm and engage you without the use of a plot. For me, this volume amounted to an entertaining book long list of things I want to read and see with flashes of insight an a lot of summaries. Not so great, but so...
If you want to know just what King thinks about the topic of horror himself, you should read this.
This was the first serious book-length essay on horror that Ive ever read. Aside from being very entertaining and informative, I also think I read almost every book on King's recommended list which is in the back of the book.
This is what my copy looks like after finishing: There was so much inside that head that I just wanted to remember, or come back to, or... just highlight. I could have done all of that on my nook, and it would have been easier. Simpler, less restricted as to what I could fit onto the post-it, but......
ForenoteForenote to the Paperback Edition--October 4, 1957, and an Invitation to Dance--Tales of the Hook--Tales of the Tarot--An Annoying Autobiographical Pause--Radio and the Set of Reality--The Modern American Horror Movie - Text and Subtext--The Horror Movie as Junk Food--The Glass Teat, or, Thi...