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The outcome is an utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right there with you, shooting the breeze. He starts on October 4, 1957, when he was 10 years old, watching a Saturday matinee of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the saucers were mounting their attack on "Our Nation's Capital," the movie was suddenly turned off. The manager of the theater walked out onto the stage and announced, "The Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it ... Spootnik."
That's how the whole book goes: one simple, yet surprisingly pertinent, anecdote or observation after another. King covers the gamut of horror as he'd experienced it at that point in 1978 (a period of about 30 years): folk tales, literature, radio, good movies, junk movies, and the "glass teat". It's colorful, funny, and nostalgic--and also strikingly intelligent. --Fiona Webster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have probably read "Danse Macabre" more times than I have any other book.
One of the best books ever written that analyzes the history of the Horror genre', an always interesting read, with plenty of humor and intriguing insights.
I've re-read this book every 5 years or so, and every time I find something more in it.
On Writing is a better general book on writing, but this book is a fantastic resource for writing horror. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Klaatu
I'm a huge Stephen King fan, and currently going back for a re-read (in chronological order) of all his books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Girod
This is one of my favorite books by Stephen King. It helps if you are really familiar with his writings. Read morePublished 2 months ago by oklahoma4ever
One day I will find the perfect examination of the horror genre, but this certainly ain't it.
While I sympathize fully with King's distaste for the academic tradition of... Read more
One of the best books ever written that analyzes the history of the Horror genre', an always interesting read, with plenty of humor and intriguing insights. Read morePublished 5 months ago by brian schwartz