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Stephen King: America's Best-Loved Boogeyman Paperback – May 1, 1998


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From Publishers Weekly

Beahm's (The Stephen King Story; The Stephen King Companion) fawning biography of Stephen King doesn't offer any thrills or chills?or objectivity, either?but it is an undeniable tribute to the bestselling horror writer. Beahm's narrative traces King's life from his fatherless childhood in blue-collar Durham, Maine, selling dittoed editions of his stories, to the $2500 he earned in 1974 for Carrie, his first novel, to the $2 million he just received on signing for Bag of Bones. While Beahm's devotional attitude sheds few new insights ("This was not just any writer... but the biggest writer in the country"), and while he did not apparently interview King himself, his book tempts fans with the occasional trivial morsel: inspiration for The Shining came while the author vacationed with his wife in a creepy hotel; the death of the family cat led to Pet Semetary. Although Beahm's valentine won't take the bite out of King's critics (King has described his own work as "the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and large fries"), it does succeed in shedding light on King's generosity, the library and youth projects he has financed within his hometown of Bangor.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This unauthorized biography is aimed at devotees of King and those interested in collecting his works (first editions command notoriously high prices). Beahm provides the most up-to-date history of the best-selling horror writer; existing biographies include the authorized biography by Douglas E. Winter (Stephen King: The Art of Darkness, 1986) and Beahm's previous biography (The Stephen King Story, Andrews & McMeel, 1992). An appendix gives additional information, such as other books by Beahm about King, fan publications, web sites, information on collecting, and frequently asked questions (e.g., where one can write to King). This chatty, inexpensive volume is recommended for public libraries with avid King fans or academic libraries with comprehensive sf collections.?Janice E. Braun, Mills Coll., Oakland, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836254279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836254273
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,166,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Beahm is a full-time non-fiction writer who specializes in business books and popular culture. He is a NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, L.A. TIMES, and USA TODAY bestselling writer, and his books have been published in over 20 countries worldwide and in every major language. His website is at: www.GeorgeBeahm.com.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stan on September 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I just read this book, (in one sitting)! A must read for fans. This book chronicles King's work up to late last year ('98). It almost reads like a novel itself. I was absorbed by Beahm's willingness to focus on King's work and not his private life (something he makes note of in the book). You'll get a feel for where King has come from and how he's evolving. Beahm even chronicles the movies (most of which don't do justice to the books). My only complaint is the short stories in the collections were sparsely reviewed. If your looking for a "biography" this isn't it!!!
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Boogey Man

By: Stephen King

Stephen Kings book "Boogeyman" was a great book. This story will make you leave closet door open while you sleep, and keep you up for days. Stephen King really has a unique way of writing. He knows how to build and keep suspense on for periods of time. This is exactly what he does, and it's truly great. The story is a must for those who like suspense and those who like horror stories.

The story starts with a guy that goes to see his therapist, and confesses that he feels the deaths of his children are his fault. His children were always afraid of the closet. The police declared one death to be a cradle death. Its little details such as these that make the book as good as it is. The little hints to what is going to happen, makes you want to read more. These build up suspense and keep you wanting to read. Stephen Kind also has a good way of making you wonder what's going to happen next. Its one of the many techniques he is skilled in. This story is truly worth your time to read, and it is suggested to do so.
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Beahm's King bio does a great job of covering, in detail, King's early years from King's childhood through the writing of The Shining (even including the address of the house the Kings rented in Boulder). But after that he spends much more time on the numbers than the writing. There's lots of info about how many units each book moved, and how much King got paid, but little about how each book was written. Beahm just says, "He worked on IT the rest of the year." And since we now know King was high as a kite during much of the late 70's and early 80's, it would have been insightful to see how this affected his writing life, and his home life.

If you're interested in King's early life, I recommend this book. I learned quite a few things. For true fans, check out King's essay "On Becoming a Brand Name" in the book FEAR ITSELF (out of print). It pretty much covers the same ground as Beahm, but is much more informative, and told by King.
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By N. Hirsch on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
A chronological synopsis of Stephen king's life and work from boyhood through the publication of "Bag of Bones", this biography documents his personal and professional growth using publicly available materials.

A "readers digest" version of information previously available and put into chronological order. There is no "new" information presented, but Mr. Beahm compiles public interviews and historic information into an easy to read recap of the author's journey towards success. A terrific overview of his accomplishments.

A good introduction to his life and work for those that may not have followed his career as he built arguably one of the largest fan bases in America. However, the lack of depth and insight keeps the rating low, and much of the information is constantly repeated throughout the book.
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