- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (11 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144472326X
- ISBN-13: 978-1444723267
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.4 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Danse Macabre Paperback – 11 Oct 2012
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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)
Entertaining non-fiction from the number one bestselling writer now reissued with a new cover in B format and supported by a marketing campaign for King's entire back catalogue.See all Product Description
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King doesnt' really offer any amazing new insights into the genre, but this is a readable enough work, enlivened by odd moments of autobiographical details. Strangely for a writer King focuses as much on movies as novels, though it's interesting to read his various takes on Kubrick's version of 'The Shining' (King maligns it once, then praises Kubrick on other occasions, before indicating the film as a personal favourite in the index!).
The book as a whole can get rather repetetive, as most of it seems to consist of King running through various book/film plots, but at worst this can be seen as a primer for the horror genre, and I suspect most readers will come out of this on the lookout for a handful of books and films that they had not previously experienced.
The book is well organised but I found the book for its length to be a little too on the surface of the subject and repetative. The book is still a good study on horror but is now unfortunately quite dated as the book came out in 1981. As a horror fan I found Stephen kings take on the genre interesting and mostly I agreed with him. The trouble with the book is in 1981 alot of horror fans probably would have found the insights in this book quite revelatory but now I think modern horror fans are more self aware of why the genre is what it is and why they like it. Therefore I can't reccomend this book to non-horror fans(that would be pointless) but I can't really reccomend to modern horror fans either, as despite it being well written it's too long and out dated. For instance King talks abot George Romero(refering to Night and Dawn) and Steven Spielberg(refering to Duel), little knowing in 1981 that King himself would go on to work with Romero(Creepshow) and that Romero would direct his book adaption The Dark half. Equally King couldn't have predicted that Spielberg would become known after E.T. to be known as film maker of family block busters and not famous for well made thrillers and horrors in the style of Duel and Jaws.Read more ›
It's a great book and so interesting to read. Parts of the book are biographical telling about young Steve's life as a kid when he connected with this world of the macabre, but mostly it is his treatise on the horror story genre and what it includes both the good and the bad. The movie section was enjoyable but my favourite part was the longest section: on books, of course. Steve has a great writing voice and it's like taking to someone about a topic you both love over a couple of beers. The only part that was disappointing was the section on TV. The book shows its age here, written in 1981, King is writing from an era of Mork & Mindy, The Dukes of Hazzard and Fantasy Island to name a few. King has no use for television whatsoever, feeling that all who lower themselves to its level, actors, directors, writers are entering an abyss of no return.Read more ›
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I'm a huge fan of Stephen King and I initially was skeptical about reading but the book wore on me. It's more of a treatise on the horror genre in general but it is written in his... Read morePublished 11 months ago by charlie k
Little bit disappointed in this book as I thought it was anothero stephen kings classic horror stories and when I started reading it I realised it was stephen king talking all the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by kayleigh hayes
As a big fan of all things by Stephen King I was disappointed with this book. Maybe I should have checked it out more first, I tried to get into it but it was about Stephen Kings... Read morePublished 20 months ago by carole
As everything Stephen King writes this is very readable. It's also a very interesting and insightful analysis of how and why things scare us. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by thereader33
Considering that King is such a successful author of horror stories, he has some very strange views on horror. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2013 by Reader45
Good product (as described) and dispatched promptly. All in all, an excellent product and I'm totally satisfied with the purchase.Published on 5 Feb. 2013 by Richard Anderson
My original copy of Stephen King's Danse Macabre fell apart due to continual re-reading. I read the book cover-to-cover more than once but certain chapters - in particular those on... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2012 by Gregory S. Buzwell
Hi, the packaging was good and the book in accettable conditions, as by description. Quick delivery. Now I can start reading! :) ThanksPublished on 15 Jan. 2012 by andreab