Danse Macabre

Danse Macabre

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Before he gave us the classic title On Writing, ('part biography, part collection of tips for the aspiring writer' - Guardian) Stephen King wrote a nonfiction masterpiece in Danse Macabre, 'One of the best books on American popular culture' (Philadelphia Inquirer)

It was not long after Halloween when Stephen King received a telephone call from his editor. 'Why don't you do a book about the entire horror phenomenon as you see it? Books, movies, radio, TV, the whole thing.'

The result is this unique combination of fantasy and autobiography, of classic horror writing honed to an unforgettable edge; ; an analysis of horror, terror and the supernatural in films, television and books by the bestselling master of the genre.

DANSE MACABRE ranges across the whole spectrum of horror in popular culture from the seminal classics of Dracula and Frankenstein. It is a charming and fascinating book, replete with pertinent anecdote and observation, in which Stephen King describes his ideas on how horror works on many levels and how he brings it to bear on his own inimitable novels.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 131 x 199 x 35mm | 346g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 144472326X
  • 9781444723267
  • 37,616

Review Text

It was not long after Halloween when Stephen King received a telephone call from his editor. 'Why don't you do a book about the entire horror phenomenon as you see it? Books, movies, radio, TV, the whole thing.' The result is this unique combination of fantasy and autobiography, of classic horror writing honed to an unforgettable edge by the bestselling master of the genre. DANSE MACABRE ranges across the whole spectrum of horror in popular culture from the seminal classics of Dracula and Frankenstein. It is a charming and fascinating book, replete with pertinent anecdote and observation, in which Stephen King describes his ideas on how horror works on many levels and how he brings it to bear on his own inimitable novels. There is a reason why Stephen King is one of the bestselling writers in the world, ever. Described in the Guardian as an author who 'knows how to engage the deepest sympathies of his readers', Stephen King writes books that draw you in and are impossible to put down.
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The indisputable king of horror * Time * Absolutely fascinating * The Sunday Times on On Writing * A fascinating combination of autobiography and personal voyage through the books and films that have inspired this phenomenally successful author * Publishing News on On Writing * A writer of excellence * The Sunday Times *
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About Stephen King

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than seventy books, all of them worldwide bestsellers, including The Tommyknockers, the Dark Tower series,and the acclaimed non-fiction titles Danse Macabre and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Some of King's recent bestsellers are Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds and The Institute.

Many of his titles are the basis for major motion pictures, TV series and streamed events, including It, Stand By Me (adapted from The Body), and The Shawshank Redemption, which is IMDb's top-rated movie of all time.

King is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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2 9% (2,532)
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