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Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror

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From the Publisher: This book takes a critical look at Stephen King's most iconic works and reads between the lines to uncover the personal influences and demons as reflected in each monster, epidemic, and depraved character. Unseen family photographs and 16 pieces of previously unpublished ephemera - such as handwritten manuscript notes, typed early drafts, lengthy journa ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Fall River Press
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

I put this book on my wish list years ago. It was pretty pricey at the time and it's been sitting there. Until a couple of weeks ago and my number was up. I have been itching to get this book in my greedy little hands.

It was worth the wait.

It's full of tidbits from King. From ideas of where his stories originated. (The house that was in his mind with Salem's lot)
Palm Springs commercial photography
(I took this pic with my phone so excuse if it's crappy)

Then it has these little en
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephen King Fans
Knowing my love for King, you might be surprised to learn that I just found out about the existence of this book today. Despite the fact that I am a devoted King fan, and a member of the Stephen King Fan group here on GR, in which there was a thread about this book open since last October, I somehow managed to miss it.

But that was kind of fortuitous, as events worked out in such a way as for me to get this book 1/2 price. But even if I hadn't, it would still have been worth every penny.

This is
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's like stuff you could collect out of Stephen King's garbage and recycling if the restraining order didn't keep you at least 300 yards away!


It's a cliche, sure, but if you're a dorky stalker-fan such as myself (I mean, I've actually hung out in front of his Bangor home hoping for a glimpse of even a shadow on the curtain), you shouldn't be without this fascinating peek into sections of his life you've probably never seen.

Fun, fun, fun -- the paper artist in me just ate up the envelopes ful
Feb 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The text in this book didn't hold a lot of surprises, especially if you're a stalker fan like me, but the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Throw in the eight glassine envelopes that hold copies of manuscripts, sketches, letters, news articles and pages in King's handwriting and you have a virtual gold mine of memorabilia.

I have three other books "about" King, Feast of Fear: Conversations With Stephen King, The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Works o
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans
For Stephen King fans and non-fans alike, a deeper look into the author and his life.

With a couple of exceptions, each chapter focuses on one of King's bestselling novels:
~The Shining
~The Stand
~The Dead Zone
~Pet Sematary
~The Green Mile
~Bag of Bones
~The Dark Tower series
~Lisey's Story

Also included are stories about other events that were going on at the times when these books were written and released. Insights are revealed concerning inspirations for the stories.

Several chapters includ
Tobin Elliott
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy
My only complaint...and it's a minor one, because Bev Vincent definitely did his homework here, is that I would have enjoyed an even deeper dive into the books. Why did King choose the characters he did? Why did he take the story in that particular direction? That sort of thing. But that's the writer in me asking for that stuff. All in all, an enjoyable read and an informative look into the mind of Stephen King.
Jennifer Daniel
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Wonderful! Tons of photos of the master of horror & every few pages a bonus surprise, like a facsimle of his highschool newspaper that he wrote for. I discovered many new bits of trivia and the story behind the story on many of his most known works. SK always has been and always be my favorite!
Monica Gabellini
Le aspettative erano altissime, avendo sentito tanti pareri, tutti entusiasti, di questo volume. Eppure ne sono rimasta affascinata.
Quando l'ho sfogliato per la prima volta, mi sono ritrovata in mano lettere che sembrano autentiche e mi è letteralmente venuta la pelle d'oca.
Un libro che racconta nei minimi dettagli il passato di King e cosa stava vivendo nel momento in cui ha scritto i suoi romanzi più celebri.
Risponde ai mille dubbi e alle altrettante curiosità che avevo in testa da anni. Come
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prestito
Questo bel libro si rivolge sia agli appassionati di Stephen King sia più in generale agli scrittori in erba.

I primi potranno trovare un volume pieno di aneddoti e curiosità che riguardano il loro scrittore preferito; i secondi invece, troveranno spunti ed incentivazioni psicologiche per proseguire con spinta rinnovata verso il sogno della vita.

Il libro è strutturato in 14 capitoli, ciascuno dei quali presenta una parte descrittiva, un insieme di fotografie spesso inedite, diverse immagini di do
Elizabeth Moore
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A must-read for the King's fans.

I've always gotten a *chuckle* out of readers (I hope they're 'readers' and not just the General Public) who ask Stephen King such an inane question as "where do you get your ideas?" He has, over the years, freely shared from whence his ideas pour. I grimace when people assume writers who produce strange works must be strange -- not always so. I used to follow Stephen King, reading about him, and his writing, in addition to his works, until I pondered whether I wa
Casey Rafn
Sep 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Bought it from the clearance bin. I wonder who this book is actually for? It includes rather lengthy summaries (with spoilers) of King's well-known works. Wouldn't the ardent fan already know these stories? And if somebody doesn't, wouldn't they rather not know the endings? I appreciated the large pictures of covers and movie adaptations, but seeing King's face every fifth page gets a little ooky after a while. The writing style just seems like a poised college paper (complete with footnotes!). ...more
Jay Jessmer
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse into the mind and workings of one of the most gifted authors of our time. This book takes a look at the thought process and inspirations behind some of King's most popular novels.
After reading so many of these stories, it was fascinating to see the intricacies that went into the development of them. It was very interesting to me to realize how many stories were at one time started, only to be abandoned, and then revisited years later. The glimpses at so much o
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Any Stephen King fan would love perusing this sort-of coffee table book featuring analysis of many of his books, biographical information, quotes from King, photos, and various other odds and ends. The section on the Shining was probably my favorite, he talks about realizing that writing about Jack Torrance was really writing about himself. The real draw here is the removable facsimiles of various documents from his history, including typewritten pages with handwritten corrections, his first "pu ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was all sorts of marvelous. Not only is it full of interesting things about this brilliant author, but it also has little goodies for you to get your hands on. Copies of manuscripts of first drafts, handwritten editing, handwritten stories, you name it. It's almost as if you went digging through things you shouldn't have. There was plenty of things within this that I already knew, mainly from reading Stephen King's 'On Writing', but it was still very informative. The only thing I would ...more
Chiara Tinelli
Il mio amico "Steve" King

Una biografia inusuale, costruita attraverso dodici capolavori di King che rappresentano i dodici capitoli dell'opera. Ogni romanzo viene collegato direttamente alla vita privata dell'autore e alle curiosità che ne hanno determinato la stesura.
Tutto su Stephen King è anche una raccolta di memorabilia, di foto e di materiale inedito di vario tipo, raccolto in cartellette trasparenti macchiate di "sangue", per renderlo ancora più misterioso e prezioso.
Uniche pecche: la tra
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
As an avid King fan and Constant Reader, there honestly was not a lot of information new to me in this book. Many of the same anecdotes and major parts of King's life I'd previously read. Further, at times the summaries of King's work are gratuitous and intricately detailed, which sort of negates the reason to read his books in the first place. That said, I found the most interesting parts of this book to be the photographs and documents such as early drafts of books and correspondence. If you'r ...more
La Fuente
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent read! I love getting the behind-the-scenes stories on some of King's popular works, and the reprints of handwritten drafts and other miscellanea is a HUGE bonus for a life-long King fan such as myself. Now I want to go back and re-read all of my favorites all over again (Needful Things, It, Salem's Lot, The Stand, The Tommyknockers, Desperation, Under the Dome...). If there's any complaint it's an unfair one -- I wish the book was longer and went into the process behind the creation of ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't believe that King participated in the compilation of this volume; there are numerous quotes, but all are marked with footnotes attributing them elsewhere, but it does compile an amazing amount of fascinating trivia, curiosities, and photographs. There are many cool little glassine pockets affixed every so often that contain reproductions of manuscripts in various stages of production, some early fanzine appearences, some early fan-club newsletter pages, correspondence, etc. All in all, a ...more
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing

CONCLUSIONI: A parte la libidine che ho provato nell'avere tra le mani le veline con riprodotti gli scritti originali del Re, è stato molto interessante conoscere i retroscena per ogni libro. Ne è valsa la pena! Un libro di straordinaria qualità! Avendo letto anche "On writing" ho notato che alcune notizie si ripetono ma sono poche e, a mio avviso, si completano.
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto interessante, indispensabile per chi si considera fan del Re (e poi diciamocelo, fa proprio una bella figura nella libreria!).
Interessanti gli allegati, soprattutto quelli riguardanti il periodo scolastico e la sua "carriera" nel giornalino della scuola.
Per il momento ho dovuto saltare il capitolo 9, dato che non ho ancora letto "Mucchio d'ossa".. troppi spoiler altrimenti.
L'unica pecca è che, essendo stato pubblicato qualche anno fa, non comprende anche i lavori più recenti.
April (The Steadfast Reader)
This is really a coffee table book, but it's still enchanting. A must have for hard-core Stephen King fans. It features reproductions of pieces of copy edited manuscripts in folders that can be pulled out of each chapter. Rarely seen photos and insight on some of his most important novels up through 'Under the Dome'.
Alice Rachel
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an essential read for fans of Stephen King! It was so good. I learned a lot about his life, the themes in his writing... All the cool little features that you find in the transparent envelopes throughout the book are just awesome. I got this book on bargain at Barnes and Noble, totally worth it!
The quotes in this book are mostly a rehash of On Writing, Stephen King's excellent memoir. What makes this book special is that it ties in the biographical details into the catalog of his works. The book has a lot of inserts of rough drafts complete with corrections. While they're interesting, it's annoying and gimmicky to take them out of the envelopes.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a GREAT book to have on the shelf even if your not a King Fan. I have enjoyed learning about his history and path to get where he is in his writing carreer. This book includes copies of manuscripts and other pieces of his history. I found this on the discount shelf at Barnes & Noble and am very happy I picked it up.
Colleen Martin
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love poring through this's such a treasure trove of information on my favorite author and getting to see copies of early, unedited manuscripts and other tidbits from his career is thrilling. My favorite - the telegram announcing that Carrie had been picked up. I had goosebumps.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Stephen King Fans
An extremely interesting book that gives insights to Stephen King's life and books. It includes many pictures as well as copies of notes, parts of manuscripts, drawings and much more. A great book for an Stephen King fan.
Roberta - ロバータ
Da avere!!!
La parte biografica non aggiunge molto di nuovo a ciò che lo stesso King ci ha raccontato negli anni. Ma le foto, i disegni e gli allegati rendono il libro imperdibile.
La filologa che è in me lo adora. :D
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Loved it!
Bonnie Von dollen
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very fun and informative. Lot's of pictures and descriptions of the inspiration for several books. I really enjoyed it.
Teri Temme
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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