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Stephen King, The Art Of Darkness

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A critical look at the work of Stephen King, writer of horror stories.
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Published November 1st 1984 by New American Library (first published 1982)
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Kandice
I am a "Constant Reader", and anyone who loves King knows exactly what I mean. I've read quite a bit about him. He is one of the few authors I love enough to care about the person behind the craft.

This contained nothing I hadn't read before, except for a few lines Winter's (looooooong)analysis of King's work. I have been reading this off and on for months because I hate to put a book in the DNF pile, but just couldn't stomach his posturing for long stretches. I'll admit there were a few kernels
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John
I don't get celebrity-stalker types, except for maybe in the case of Stephen King--the dude's just so friggin' awesome. This book is good for people who want to learn everything they can about King, without going quite so far as to root around in his garbage. It also might be worth a look for people who have dismissed King as simply an auteur of "cheap thrills"--as my former writing teacher put it. The book feels a bit like a master's degree thesis, but a VERY good one. At first, it was disappoi ...more
Larry Zieminski
Jan 18, 2011 Larry Zieminski rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King Fans
Part Biography and part review of King's literary and film works (up to the mid 80s at least), this book was very interesting. The author is an avowed King fan, so it is not a surprise that he praises everything King wrote up to that point (of course, all that stuff was awesome, so I can't fault the author for that).

I learned a few things from the book, including the fact that the Dark Tower series was expected to be released as a large collection of short stories (The Gunslinger is a collection
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nobody
i've read lots of books about stephen king. i've also read and have been stunned by the author, Douglas Winter's, debut novel Run. That said, i wasn't all that pleased with this book. it is considered one of the more important books on Stephen King but i found it rather dry and uninteresting. i would suggest checking out the latest editions of The Complete Stephen King Universe, or The Stephen King Companion before this book. do yourself a favor though, and get your hands on Douglas Winter's Run ...more
Clark Humble
I found this book at a yard sale. It was given to me. I can see why now. I usually try to finish any book I start, even if I don't like it a lot. Not this one. I thought it would be interesting. Not so much. It is such a slow read. Some sections were better. But, as a whole it was just BLAH. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Ed
This was written in the early 80's when King's popularity was just taking off. It's a good critical analysis of his early, most popular work. Integrating King's comments with Winter's academic-type discourse, I think this makes an excellent background book for a discussion club or writing class.
Laura
ES una buena reseña de todo lo que ha escrito stephen, pero ha quedado un poco desactualizada. Deberían sacar un nuevo libro incorporando todas las novelas y cuentos que se han publicado. Igualmente me gusto.
Thomas Strömquist
Background and analysis of the great man and his works up to and into the mid 80's. It's well written and interesting. Recommended for fans.
Michele
Not hugely perceptive, but some thoughtful and thought provoking elements.
Charles
A very good book about Stephen King, by Douglas Winter.
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Douglas E. Winter is an American writer, critic and lawyer. A life-long interest in horror has led him to develop a parallel career as horror writer and horror critic. Winter edited horror anthologies Prime Evil (1988), and Revelations (1997) as well as the interviews collection Faces of Fear (1985, revised 1990). He has also written biographies of Stephen King and Clive Barker. He is a member of ...more
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