Danse Macabre Author:Stephen King Stephen King's stunning success as a novelist just may be unrivaled in publishing history. Other writer's in their early twenties have been acclaimed, but few have reached sales figures of over 25 million books a decade later, and none save King has staked such a solid claim as undisputed master of a very special literary genre-horror story. Car... more »rie, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Firestarter have led to a worldwide curiosity about Stephen King and his intuitive affinity for spinechilling tale.
Danse Macabre is his analysis of horror- as "a moving, rhythmic search ... for ... the place where we live at our most primitive level" But it is much more. For the first time Stephen King establishes a dialogue with the thousands of fans who've wondered about this strange control over a basically uncontrollable emotion. How can he do it? What were the internal and external influences on his writing? What channeled a natural writing talent into this distillation of fear?
King answers these and other questions in a style as readable and as compelling as used in any of his novels. This book is a unique one; a colloquium, autobiography, and critical evaluation of films, TV programs, and books which shaped his career and perhaps altered the tastes of readers the world over.
Danse Macabre is a conversation with Stephen King, a personal, one-on-one exchange of ideas on good, bad, great, and awful excursions into horror. For example, Tourist Trap, a virtually unknown small movie, is King's personal film favorite, although appraisals of Rosemary's Baby, The Amityville Horror, and dozens of others are perceptively and amusingly offered. In like vein, King comments, often saltily, on his fellow writers and, more devastatingly, on horror as shown on television.
Yet the writing goes deeper to examine the role that horror plays in our everyday lives and how experiencing horror through books, movies, and television is man's natural method of channeling the secret fears and anxieties in all of us.
Here, then, is a unique combination of fantasy and autobiography, of classic horror writing honed to a deeply personal, unforgettable edge. Here is Stephen King's Danse Macabre.« less