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Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques Hardcover – 24 Nov 1988


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (24 Nov. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670823074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670823079
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. 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.

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By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
An interesting book,although even King admits that he is no artist regarding the images within.
Never the less his text is an interesting read regarding Gargoyles and the history of these adornments which are all around if you care to look up. The book itself is of a high standard and make no mistake some of the images are quite creepy.
Therefore i would recommend to King fans and possibly those of a Goth persuasion.
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Really interesting book. Loved the photographs. Don't look at the pictures if you are a light sleeper, some could be a bit scary after a few wines.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cass on 23 April 2012
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This is a absolutely brilliant book, would recommend to anyone. It contains wonderful images and good text, although it is a bit pricey.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Shaw on 23 May 2014
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Not as described, unless minor wear means water damage, pages stuck together and book warped. Content of book is however interesting.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Photography, gothic architecture and King.... 5 May 2000
By mellion108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised to read that this is a hard-to-find book; I still occasionally find copies of it in the bargain bins of large booksellers. That will probably change now that the paperback version is being released.

I really like this book. The photos are simple, but they capture the beauty and mystique of gargoyle images throughout New York and other American cities. I must admit, I bought this bargain book because Stephen King's name was on the cover and because I thought it was a quirky addition to my book collection. However, once I brought it home and started flipping through the pages, I was captivated by the grainy, sometimes eerie images. King's words add some interesting views and anecdotes, but the book stands alone just on Fitzgerald's photos. Some of the gargoyles are menacing, some are macabre, some are playful and some are downright comical. All of them attest to the creativity and imagination of their creators.

This hardcover, 128-page (or so) volume would be right at home on your coffee table (it's an awkward size to try to squeeze into most standard bookshelves). King's writing shares page space for about 35 pages; the book is focused on the pics (as it should be). It's not for everyone; if you don't like "picture books" then stay away. But if you like interesting photos capturing a unique subject, and/or if you are at all a Stephen King fan, this is one to bring home.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
King's photo-illustrated essay not a bad book... 8 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, I'm a HUGE King-fan, the kind of fan who likes all he writes, his novels, stories, movies, poetry, non-fiction, you name it-this coffee-table book is a special item concerning King-books, but it's such a wonderful book. Most of his fans may not be interrested in this book, and that's a shame. King's introductory essay is good as always, interesting, especially when he explains his first encounters with HIS gargoyles. If the book was published without King's essay, maybe I would'nt have bought it. I admit that. But the photographs are all wonderful, some of them pretty scary and few of them pretty funny, too. To me it's a Stephen King-book, no matter the interior, and I like it. Off course what his fans and I wants from him is fiction, but that doesn't kept me from buying and reading and enjoying Danse Macabre and Nightmares in the Sky. King is just as great of writing non-fiction as horror-make-believe fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Monsters Of Stone 5 April 2006
By Dai-keag-ity - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gargoyles in their manifold glory, from the small, twisted and misshapen, to the majestic and terrible, this coffee table collection of the rooftop monsters of New York is highlighted by text composed by none other than Stephen King. A lovely and atmospheric gathering of these sculpted nightmares, captured at varying angles and conditions of shadow, light, and sometimes in the rain, deftly calculated to heighten the effect of staring these treasures almost in the eye. I find a lot of meaning in this book, too, because, knowing how much I love old stone sculptures and gargoyles and the like, my grandfather gave it to me as a gift while I was home on spring break from college in the year 2000, and it was the last time I ever got to visit him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I bought this for like five bucks at CVS on a discount rack! 25 Nov. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Well, I only bought the book because Stephen King's name was on it. I believe that the only reason why it was published was because Stephen King wrote the Introduction. The pictures of the gargoyles are as interesting as the gargoyles themselves. Even though it presently doesn't fit right on my shelf because of its dimensions it does round off my SK collection quite nice. It is kind of cool to have something that is listed as "hard to find!"
"Nightmares in the Sky" will Haunt Your Dreams 6 Dec. 2014
By R Grant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
“Nightmares in the Sky” by f-stop Fitzgerald and Stephen King (1988).

I remember when this book was first published in 1988. Back then (as today) I bought EVERYTHING Stephen King wrote, co-wrote, or endorsed. A big Stephen King fan, like Annie Wilkes, but without a farmhouse, and/or psychotic/murderous tendencies. I first saw "Nightmares in the Sky" at my employer's house. I worked for a brilliant psychologist--a former Princeton University professor who had branched off into metaphysics and channeling and Edgar Cayce. Having had my own near-death experience, it was more of a wizard's education than a job--and my employer was a wizard I looked up to. Highly. Back when this book came out, I happily transcribed his audio tapes on any subject, and he happily paid me. Any topic I could talk to him about. Zombies. Monsters. Psychics. Shirley MacLaine. The horror of Sylvia Browne. You name it, and the good Doctor and I talked about it. And I typed it...and got paid for it. It was a great gig. This was back in the ancient of days when psychiatrists/psychologists dictated their thoughts onto AUDIO TAPE (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) and then hired typists like me, who typed 90 words per minute, transcribe their musings. Not surprising, this brilliant, kind, and well-paying psychologist had "Nightmares in the Sky" on shelf by the computer. Once I saw King's name, I forgot all about the multiple-personality/demonic possession audio-cassette I was transcribing and rode my bicycle 2-1/2 miles to Walden Books (do they even EXIST anymore??). I found the hefty book, happily paid the hefty price, and rode home. As an aside, I'd pay that price again - today - for a used copy with the cover missing. It's that good. Mesmerizing. It's a really, really, creepy book. I say that with love, no questions: Those photographs are ALIVE. A word about the authors: Prior to seeing "Nightmares in the Sky," I wasn't familiar with the photography of f-stop Fitzgerald--(credited as "Photographer" on the book's cover); but a word of caution--after you SEE something, it's very difficult to UNSEE it; you've been warned. The title bears repeating: NIGHTMARES IN THE SKY. Please remember that if and when you pick up this wonderfully scary book. It contains the most spectacularly chilling images of Gargoyles currently haunting old and new buildings all over New York City; and these aren't drawings these are PHOTOGRAPHS--the real, evil deal. There are images here that will haunt your dreams. I had the distinct and uncomfortable feeling that some of these monsters were actually MOCKING the viewer...with delightful, even demonic--glee. For the horror aficionado like myself, "Nightmares in the Sky" is pure, dark joy. And the fact that the gargoyles are part of the ARCHITECTURE OF A BUILDING ITSELF, makes the macabre, the horror, even more palpable. This is one coffee-table book that is definitely not for children; nor for the faint of heart. The other thing I recall about this most excellent book is Stephen King saying something I've never forgotten nor have I ever really gotten over. You'll never look at a gargoyle the same way again, I promise you. I don't have the book in front of me, so please forgive this paraphrase--but Stephen King was talking about "their point of view": "They [the gargoyles] are always perched above our point-of-view...so that we rarely notice them. We don't see them, but never forget, they always see us." --Robert J. Grant
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