If you want a history of the horror genre, it's probably ok, but don't get this if you're expecting a standard Stephen King book--it's not a work of fiction, so much as an explanation of horror books, movies, etc.
King on horror...an enlightening read with entertaining insight. If you enjoy the horror genre you want to read this as King dissects facets of the background and history of the frightening style he excels at...
Will make you search out other sources he references..
Stephen King discusses horror movies and literature from 1950-1980. A look inside the mind of the icon. It's an interesting, if somewhat chaotic, look at the literature of the time period. With plenty of anecdotes from King about how he got into the field and what brought him there. A good read with a fine reference guide to films and books from the period.
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. I don't usually get into Non-Fiction books but Stephen King has a great way of drawing you in. I especially enjoyed the section on Tv and Horror movies. Surprisingly the section on Horror novels was a bit dry to me. Even though I hadn't seen a lot of the movies he mentioned (this book was written before I was even born) he's good at describing the necessary scenes. For some reason, to me, he didn't do as great a job as drawing me into the Horror novel section. King's sense of humor really comes through in this book too.
FROM THE BACK OF THE BOOK:
The bestselling horror author of all time, Stephen King, knows better than anyone else in the world what scares you, and why. Now, in his most unusual masterpiece, he takes you on his personal tour of the dark ballroom of horror. come, Take his arm, Let the dance begin....
Warning - not a story book by S King but a 'how-to' on how to write horror stories etc . . . by S. King. As much as I love to read King, this is not the one to read. If you want to write horror stories or any thing suspensful, then this book might help you out with lessons learned and what not to do (etc). If you're looking for a horror story then this is not it.
Stephen King knows better than anyone else in theworld what scares you and why. Now, in his most unusual masterpiece, he takes you on his personal tour of the dark ballroom of horror. Take his arm. Let the dance begin.
Review: I bought this book when I was younger and on a Stephen King kick. I suppose I fell out of love with his works before I ever got around to this book, because I never read it. Glad to let someone get some use out of it.