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Danse Macabre Audiobook

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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    Maggie AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-27-15
    Maggie AUSTIN, TX, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Always Hit Preview Before Purchasing an Audiobook!"
    What disappointed you about Danse Macabre?

    I didn't even stop to consider whether buying Danse Macabre would be a good idea or not. Of course it would! It's a book I've loved for years, now in audiobook format, so I don't have to dig around for my old, crumbling copy! I can even share it with my friends!

    Well, yeah... About that.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    William Dufris is probably a super nice guy. Like, super nice, super standup.

    But he's got a voice for silent movies. His delivery is just so contrived and obnoxious. He doesn't sound like he's reading a book; it's more like he's some cartoon character trying to pretend to be human in a bid to escape his animated purgatory for our world.

    He sounds like if someone took Rob Schneider and stuffed him full of bees. This is state-of-the-art in offensively annoying.

    I hated every second. And the friends I thought to share it with? They made it about five minutes before begging me to shut it off.

    Our noses continued to bleed for half an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    This narrator hates your eyes, and he WILL destroy them.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle W. 02-07-16
    Kyle W. 02-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not for the young reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think hardcore horror fans who are familiar with all the movies discussed might really enjoy this.


    Has Danse Macabre turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about William Dufris’s performance?

    His reading was mostly very good, but at times, cartoonish.


    Any additional comments?

    The book goes into great depth on movies from 1950 to 1980. Sadly, I've seen very few of these, so I did not have a strong frame of reference for the book. Its early chapters were an excellent frame of the horror genre, but after 10 hours or so I figured I'd gotten what I could out of it. A good book, but before my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott South Burlington, VT, United States 01-20-16
    Scott South Burlington, VT, United States 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring."

    The problem here is that King rattles on about books (particularly books) and films that the reader may not have knowledge of. And - unlike even a bad high-school English teacher - he doesn't hand out the reading assignments in advance. In a paper tome, the reader could simply skip ahead to something he or she was interested in (or read the Cliff's Notes a la Wikipedia) ... but in an audiobook - particularly one listened to in a car - this isn't possible. So the listener is trapped in a long-winded dissertation on "Hill House" when he hasn't read it, has no idea about the story, or anything about the book. Boring.

    King is a good writer, and his prose is always witty and engaging, but a 30 minute pedantic yammer about a book I haven't read is just ridiculous. My fault, perhaps. But I'm paying for the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TC Pelletier 03-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "NON-FICTION but still fun!"
    Any additional comments?

    Think of this as more of a guide to horror, rather than a story. After listening to it in Audible form I bought the Kindle version as well so I could take notes. This is Stephen King trying to define the genre of horror through selected works in literature and film. It's a fun conversation about the things that make scaring the pants off ourselves fun. It contains some history and a lot of insight. It will probably not be everyone's cup of tea, but if nothing else, it's a good source for new stories to check out.

    0 of 0 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 2013
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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 12 people found this review helpful
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brendon FRESNO, CA, United States 05-11-11
    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vanessa Rees 09-14-13
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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.

    2 of 17 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
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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.

    3 of 35 people found this review helpful

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