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, king delivers one colorful observation after another about the great stories, and films that comprise the horror genre—from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist, books, in ten brilliantly written chapters, 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.
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror; Revised Edition with a New AfterwordIlluminating the dark side of the american century, The Monster Show uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements. Now with a new afterword by the author that looks at horror's popular renaissance in the last decade, The Monster Show is a compulsively readable, thought-provoking inquiry into America's obsession with the macabre.
Skal chronicles one of our most popular and pervasive modes of cultural expression. With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. He explores the disguised form in which hollywood's classic horror movies played out the traumas of two world wars and the Depression; the nightmare visions of invasion and mind control catalyzed by the Cold War; the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the vogue in visceral, birth control, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and the current fascination with vampires; and much more.
Cycle of the Werewolf: A NovelThe first scream came from the snowbound railwayman who felt the werewolf’s fangs ripping at his throat. When the full moon rises, a paralyzing fear sweeps through Tarker's Mills. And all around are the footprints of a monster whose hunger cannot be sated. The next month there was a scream of ecstatic agony from the woman attacked in her cozy bedroom.
But one thing is sure. No one knows who will be attacked next. The classic masterpiece by #1 new york times bestselling author Stephen King—illustrated by the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson!Terror began in January—by the light of the full moon. For snarls that sound like human words can be heard whining through the wind.
Now scenes of unbelievable horror unfold each time the full moon shines on the isolated Maine town of Tarker’s Mills.
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the CraftWriting advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery.
Brilliantly structured, on writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, friendly and inspiring, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told. Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
Long live the king” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing.
Roadwork: A NovelWriting advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover. As a matter of fact, he’s ready and waiting to ignite an explosive confrontation with the legislative forces gathered against him. Only stephen king, home, writing as richard Bachman, can imagine the horror of a good and angry man who fights back against bureaucracy when it threatens to destroy his vitality, and memories.
As the wheels of progress and a demolition crew continue unabated throughout Bart’s neighborhood, he’s not about to give everything up without a fight. Under any name king mesmerizes the reader” Chicago Sun-Times. I listened to myself. The city’s highway 784 extension is in the process of being constructed right across town and inexorably through every aspect of Bart’s existence—whether it’s about to barrel over the laundry plant where he makes a living, or soon to smash through the very home where he makes a life.
But as a result, something’s been happening inside Bart’s head that a heartless local bureaucracy isn’t prepared for—a complete and irrevocable burnout of the mental circuit breaker that keeps a mild-mannered person from turning to violent means. But people talk a different language inside. It’s all coming to an end for Barton Dawes.
Skeleton Crew: StoriesWriting advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover. 1”; “big wheels: a tale of the Laundry Game Milkman No. Todd’s shortcut”; “the jaunt”; “the wedding gig”; “paranoid: a chant”; “the raft”; “word processor of the gods”; “the man who would not shake hands”; “Beachworld”; “The Reaper’s Image”; “Nona”; “For Owen”; “Survivor Type”; “Uncle Otto’s Truck”; “Morning Deliveries Milkman No.
A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction. A woman driving a Jaguar finds a scary shortcut to paradise. An idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil. A trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell. And a desert island is the scene of the most terrifying struggle for survival ever waged.
The #1 new york times bestseller and winner of the 1986 locus award for best Collection, Skeleton Crew is “Stephen King at his best” The Denver Post—a terrifying, mesmerizing collection of stories from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time. Wildly imaginative, delightfully diabolical…King once again proves to be the consummate storyteller” The Associated Press.
. 2”; “gramma”; “the ballad of the Flexible Bullet”; and “The Reach. King is best known for his iconic, immersive long novels, but he is also a master of the short story, and this is a magnificent collection.
Different Seasons: Four NovellasScribner. Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in “The Breathing Method. The wondrous readability of his work, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, ” hailed the Houston Chronicle about Different Seasons.
In “the body, ” four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. Includes the stories “the body” and “rita hayworth and shawshank redemption”—set in the fictional town of castle Rock, bound together by the changing of seasons, Maine A “hypnotic” The New York Times Book Review collection of four novellas—including the inspirations behind the films Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption—from Stephen King, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters.
This gripping collection begins with “rita hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, ” in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge—the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. This novella became the movie Stand By Me. Next is “apt pupil, ” the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town.
Scribner Book Company. Writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover.
Cujo: A NovelGet ready to meet the most hideous menace ever to savage the flesh and devour the mind. Outside a peaceful town in central Maine, a monster is waiting. They are seeking peace and quiet, but life in this small town is not what it seems. One day, cujo chases a rabbit into a cave inhabited by sick bats and emerges as something new altogether.
Writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover. Cujo is a two-hundred-pound Saint Bernard, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. As tad tries to fend off the terror that comes to him at night from his bedroom closet, infinitely sinister, there is no way they can know that a monster, and as Vic and Donna face their own nightmare of a marriage on the rocks, waits in the daylight.
A genuine page-turner that grabs you and holds you and won’t let go” Chattanooga Times, Cujo will forever change how you view man’s best friend. What happens to cujo, how he becomes a horrifying vortex inescapably drawing in all the people around him, makes for one of the most heart-stopping novels Stephen King has ever written.
Scribner Book Company. Meanwhile, vic and donna Trenton, and their young son Tad, move to Maine. Scribner. Set in the fictional town of castle rock, maine the #1 national bestseller for Stephen King’s rabid fans, Cujo “hits the jugular” The New York Times with the story of a friendly Saint Bernard that is bitten by a sick bat.
The Dead ZoneScribner Book Company. Set in the fictional town of castle rock, maine a #1 national bestseller about a man who wakes up from a five-year coma able to see people’s futures and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zone—a “compulsive page-turner” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Johnny smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people’s futures and pasts when he touches them.
Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. With “powerful tension that holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet” The Houston Post, The Dead Zone is a “faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing” Los Angeles Times novel of second sight. The dead Zone. Scribner. Writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover.
When johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future. His fiancée married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems.
The Dark HalfBut thad is a healthier and happier man now, the father of infant twins, and starting to write as himself again. He no longer needs George Stark and so, with nationwide publicity, the pseudonym is retired. Set in the fictional town of castle rock, maine a “wondrously frightening” Publishers Weekly tale of terror and #1 national bestseller about a writer’s pseudonym that comes alive and destroys everyone on the path that leads to the man who created him.
Thad beaumont is a writer, and for a dozen years he has secretly published violent bestsellers under the name of George Stark. Scribner Book Company. And now thad would like to say he is innocent. But how can thad deny the ultimate embodiment of evil that goes by the name he gave it—and signs its crimes with Thad’s bloody fingerprints? The Dark Half is “a chiller” The New York Times Book Review, so real and fascinating that you’ll find yourself squirming in Stephen King’s heart-stopping, blood-curdling grip—and loving every minute of it.
Gallery Books. He’d like to say he has nothing to do with the series of monstrous murders that keep coming closer to his home. Scribner. But george Stark won’t go willingly. Writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover. The dead Zone.
Bag of Bones: A NovelSet in the fictional town of castle rock, of love's enduring bonds, a powerful tale of grief, Maine From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, and the haunting secrets of the past. Set in the maine territory king has made mythic, who is unable to stop grieving following the sudden death of his wife Jo, Bag of Bones recounts the plight of forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan, and who can no longer bear to face the blank screen of his computer.
Gallery Books. It was lauded at its publication as “hands down, Stephen King’s most narratively subversive fiction” Entertainment Weekly and his “most ambitious novel” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. There he finds his beloved yankee town held in the grip of a powerful millionaire, Max Devore, who will do anything to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother.
. The dead Zone. As mike is drawn into their struggle, he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, as he falls in love with both mother and child, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. Scribner Book Company. Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares, all set at the Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs.
Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, Mike returns to the lakeside getaway. Writing advice from horror-meistro Stephen King, a fine softcover.