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Kingdom of Fear: The World of Stephen King Hardcover – February, 1986


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Underwood-Miller; 1st edition (February 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887330185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887330186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,892,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA Stephen King enthusiasts will relish this collection of essays about his books and films. King's books deal with everyday people whose lives have slipped over the edge into the realm of the fantastic. His cinematic style of writing has lent itself to be adapted for films. Here, 17 horror and fantasy experts, including Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch, and Andrew Greely, explore, analyze, and discuss the King phenomenon of horror, presenting a balanced picture. Students will find this useful for reports. Not indexed, but short biographies on the critics are included.Susan Penny, Alief Branch Library, Houston 82
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paul mason on January 23, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
KINGDOM OF FEAR is a collection of essays on the fiction of Stephen King. It contains writings from his contemporaries in the genre, other horror novelists, editors and critics.
This book made me an even bigger fan of the author. Reading his peers' critiques provided me with an insight, and vaster appreciation for what King has done in the field. One critic even hailed him as the best horror writer of all time. I agree with that assessment although it is debatable even in this collection, he is definitely the best-selling horror writer and as the essays detail there is good reason for that.
Some may be put off by a few of the obviously gushing tributes paid to King by those in the industry, but I feel him worthy of the high praise.
And lest anyone come across this tome and get the impression it is a schmooze fest there are some very critical and uncomplimentary comments included.
King has achieved such high acclaim that my one complaint is there hasn't been a follow-up publication released essaying his more recent works and how he has evolved from a schlock/horror writer into an author that chronicles an era with poignency and insight.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola Paul on November 7, 2014
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