Meet the Master Storyteller
As an author, Stephen King not only focuses on things that go bump in the night but he also throws in things that go bump in our psyches.
King started on the road to scary stories early, becoming something of a connoisseur of '50s horror films. His interest was first piqued by a collection of fantasy novels that had belonged to his father. King started writing when he was still a child, and as a teenager he sold a couple of short stories to a mystery magazine. But it wasn't all blood and guts: the young Stephen also played in a rock band and for his high school football team. After completing his education, King briefly taught high school English. When Carrie pushed him into the big time, King was just 27 years old. His brand of storytelling captured the public imagination right away, and he proved he was no flash in the pan with his next two books, 'Salem's Lot, a modern vampire story, and The Shining, about the queen mother of haunted houses.
Besides living a quiet family life in Maine, King has resurrected his youth long enough to form a band, the Rock Bottom Remainders, with fellow authors Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, and Roy Blount Jr. In June 1999, King was out for a walk near his home and was severely injured when the driver of a minivan lost control of his car. He suffered a broken hip and a punctured lung, but resumed writing, turning out On Writing, From a Buick 8, The Colorado Kid,
Cell, and Lisey's Story among others. In 2004 King also wrapped up his epic Dark Tower Series.
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|Just After Sunset|
|In Just After Sunset, Stephen King's first short story collection since 2002's Everything's Eventual, the author delivers an astonishing lineup of stories, many of which appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, and Esquire among others, along with the previously unpublished story "N." As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories, and his renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset.
Just After Sunset is also be available in a limited-edition collector's set which will include a DVD with all 25 video episodes of his story "N." which has been brought to life in a graphic digital entertainment adaptation and will feature an introduction from King. A trailer for the video episodes, and a special "Behind the Scenes" segment complete the DVD package available only in this special edition of the book.
Order the hardcover, collector's edition, audio CD, or Kindle edition of Stephen King's Just After Sunset and receive the previously unpublished short story "N" delivered wirelessly to your Kindle (see details).
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|Bag of Bones (10th Anniversary Edition)|
This special, low-priced 10th-anniversary trade paperback edition of Bag of Bones, features bonus text from
Stephen King and is only available for fall 2008. It's his most gripping and unforgettable novel--a No. 1 bestseller around the world and to this day Scribner's bestselling King title--a tale of grief, of
love's enduring bonds, and of haunting secrets of the past. The anniversary edition includes a Q&A with King where he talks about ghosts, secrets, and being alive.
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|"I started to imagine a little dead girl standing on that road--twin dead girls, with their hands linked. The image came from nowhere... it came around dusk, which is a spooky time of day anywhere, but particularly on the coast of Florida." --Stephen King|
The quote above is from a video message from Stephen King talking about an image that had been lurking in his head for years... one that eventually found a home in his gripping new novel, Duma Key. In an exclusive essay for Amazon.com, King's longtime editor Chuck Verrill offers a side-by-side comparison of "Memory," a King story that appeared in the summer 2006 issue of Tin House, and the first chapter of Duma Key, the book it eventually grew into.
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|Stephen King on Just After Sunset|
Since his first novel was published in 1974, Stephen King has stretched the boundaries of the written word, not only bringing horror to new heights, but trying his hand at nearly every possible genre, including children's books, graphic novels, serial novels, literary fiction, nonfiction, westerns, fantasy, and even e-books (remember The Plant?). With Lisey's Story is as much a romance as it is a supernatural thriller--but don't let us convince you. Who better to tell readers if King has written a romantic thriller than Nora Roberts?
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Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.
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|Stephen King Audiobooks|
In the audio-only edition of The Gingerbread Girl, a woman named Em starts running following the emotional aftermath of her baby's sudden death. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, andout to the loneliest stretch of Vermillion Key. Em keeps up her running, and sees virtually no one. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?
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|Hail to the King|
Fans applauded and critics howled when Stephen King was awarded the 2003 National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Service to American Letters. In typical fashion, King accepted the honor with humility and urged recognition for other "popular" authors. You can hear for yourself with the audio CD of his speech, "Building Bridges."|
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