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  • 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)

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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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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.

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This book is King's dissection of the horror genre between the years 1950-80. Do not read this book if you expect it to be a horror novel, it is really an in-depth look at horror books, films, and TV. King does use autobiographical elements to make the book interesting, and most of his views and interpretations are interesting as well. However, it does tend to drag in a few places as he covers the same ground too often. If you are a new horror fan, use this book as a stepping stone to great horror novels. If you are a hardcore horror reader, I recommend this book to you as well, because King's opinions are very interesting.
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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2008
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In this non-fiction book Stephen King examines the horror genre, primarily between the years 1950-1980, although with a quick look at the roots of the genre with Frankenstein, Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde.

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.
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Danse Macabre is Stephen Kings study on Horror. He doesn't go that in depth but keeps it an easy read about Horror entertainment. He writes to try to explain why the genre is poular and why it appeals to him. He refers to many books, films, T.V. shows and radio plays, many of which I was aware of, some not.
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.
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I'm re-reading Stephen King's books in chronological order and this was the next book in line. I can now tell exactly how old I was when I originally read his books because this was the first one I bought (well was gifted) brand new from the bookstore. Every July (my bday) and Christmas my dad would give me any new Stephen King books that had come out as presents; so I was 13 when I got this one. I was really looking forward to this, King's first foray into non-fiction, as my first read of it had been soooo enlightening. I wanted to get my hands on every book he mentioned, watch every movie he named but it being pre-internet days that was a very hard task indeed. Now that I re-read the book thirty years later I find that I've watched a great many of the mentioned movies and the major books listed but not all of them so I still had some titles and authors to add to my tbr.

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.
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