Danse Macabre by Stephen King

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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.

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
Published March 1, 2011 by Pocket Books. 514 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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(In a typically woozy lapse, King says Frankenstein "is the best written of the three," and a few pages later says that Jekyll and Hyde is "undoubtedly the best written.") Then come childhood memories of Creature from the Black Lagoon and of radio chills--followed by: roundups of horror movies wi...

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From reading Stephen King's Danse Macabre I saw what passion Stephen King has for the haunted house premise in horror fiction.

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Huffington Post

When she starts bleeding at school, Carrie naturally panics, and as a result faces the scorn of her peers -- who laugh at her for not knowing what's happening - and the scorn of her mother, who believes that "After the blood the boys come.

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USA Today

Subtitle: "The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" Psychological thriller about the disappearance of a young married woman.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Thanks to a suggestion from his former editor at Doubleday, King decided to write Danse Macabre as a personal record of the thoughts about horror that he developed and refined as a result of that course. The outcome is an utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right th...

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"Carrie is largely about how women find their own channels of power, but also what men fear about women and women's sexuality.

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