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Danse Macabre | [Stephen King]

Danse Macabre

The author whose boundless imagination and storytelling powers have redefined the horror genre, from 1974’s Carrie to his new epic Under the Dome, reflects on the very nature of terror—what scares us and why—in films (both cheesy and choice), television and radio, and, of course, the horror novel, past and present.
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of dozens of number-one New York Times best sellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid, intelligent, and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the genre.

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, in 10 brilliant chapters, King delivers one colorful observation after another about the great stories, books, and films that comprise the horror genre—from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone, and Earth vs. The Flying Sacuers.

With the insight and good humor his fans appreciated in On Writing, Danse Macabre is an enjoyable entertaining tour through Stephen King’s beloved world of horror.

©2010 Stephen King (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A]n utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right there with you, shooting the breeze." (Amazon.com review)

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    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11
    Allan Los Angeles, CA, United States 06-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "very wordy but never stops being fun"

    There is one instance of the word "zestful" in this book. Steve, you liar! You swore in "on writing" that you had been innoculated against the use of this word due to a bad science fiction book. WTF.
    However, despite this injustice, this is a consistently fun and thought provoking meander through the ideas of horror and what frightens. Also there is a great new and very welcome introduction, in which King, now many years later, briefly talks about modern horror movies. This book contains some great ideas about the genre and is a good listen for those who enjoy time spent there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-06-10
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 05-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Too Much Information"

    The main fault of this book is that it's messy. King doesn't seem to be able to maintain a consistant theme. The book shoots from point to point, anecdote to anecdote, seemingly as they occur to the author.
    Fortunately, much of what King has to say is interesting. Some of it, sadly, is the kind of grad-school BS he decries.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Brendon FRESNO, CA, United States 05-11-11
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    "Unfocussed but cool"

    While not as interesting and deep as On Writing: A Memoir of Craft, King's Danse Macabre (Death Dance) is filled with some interesting anecdotes. This is also an update of the original from 1981, with updated references to Inglorious Basterds and Drag Me To Hell. Its a lot of rambling, but there are some interesting gems from the modern horror King.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Rees 09-14-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring/ not a novel"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    yes i like Stephen King but this was not a normal novel.


    Any additional comments?

    The description needs to be revamped so that it portrays accurately that this is not a novel, but a how to right scary stories book.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Billings, MT, United States 04-14-12
    Gary Billings, MT, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Tricked for good!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought I was buying a real Steven King novel. Not. I never was so bored. I am a child of the 50's- 60"s and have been there, seen that, done that! So much for my good ole Steven King Horror movie, which I sorley wanted. I had to speed (hear) read and each chapter I did this faster. Sure wasted my money here. I listened to Under the Dome and 11-22-63 and was greatly impressed. I was going to read the rest of his 70 some books a little at a time. Not anymore.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Not sure.


    How could the performance have been better?

    a real book, plot and candle.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me!


    Any additional comments?

    I smell rebate.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful
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