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Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King

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A collection of essays focused on King's early novels (Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, Cujo and The Dark Tower) and short stories. Contributors include Peter Straub, Burton Hatlan (King's former English professor), Fritz Leiber, Alan Ryan, Deborah Notkin, Don Herron, and others. A collection of essays focused on King's early novels (Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, Cujo and The Dark Tower) and short stories. Contributors include Peter Straub, Burton Hatlan (King's former English professor), Fritz Leiber, Alan Ryan, Deborah Notkin, Don Herron, and others.


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A collection of essays focused on King's early novels (Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, Cujo and The Dark Tower) and short stories. Contributors include Peter Straub, Burton Hatlan (King's former English professor), Fritz Leiber, Alan Ryan, Deborah Notkin, Don Herron, and others. A collection of essays focused on King's early novels (Carrie, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, Firestarter, Cujo and The Dark Tower) and short stories. Contributors include Peter Straub, Burton Hatlan (King's former English professor), Fritz Leiber, Alan Ryan, Deborah Notkin, Don Herron, and others.

30 review for Fear Itself: The Horror Fiction of Stephen King

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    A collection of essays on Stephen King and his works up to The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. I believe this was the first book of its kind dedicated to King. Rating these type of books is difficult. Some of the essays are scholarly and other give excellent insight to King and his writings. But others read like some sort of fan worship. Overall, I would say this is an good read if you wish to learn more about King's earlier works and gain some insight on the writer. The particular edition I have is A collection of essays on Stephen King and his works up to The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. I believe this was the first book of its kind dedicated to King. Rating these type of books is difficult. Some of the essays are scholarly and other give excellent insight to King and his writings. But others read like some sort of fan worship. Overall, I would say this is an good read if you wish to learn more about King's earlier works and gain some insight on the writer. The particular edition I have is a limited edition and is signed by Stephen King, Peter Straub, Fritz Leiber, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Alan Ryan, Charles L. Grant, Don Herron, Bill Warren, Douglas E. Winter, Deborah Notkin,and Ben P. Indick. Kind of cool, If I dare say so myself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    Essays on Stephen King

  3. 5 out of 5

    steffy

    This is a pretty outdated group of essays about Stephen King's earlier works, meaning, nothing later than Cujo is discussed. Some of the essays border on dry and boring, some of them I simply don't agree with at all, and 2 of them really stand out as intriguing winners. I think this would be a great reference source for anyone using Stephen King's works for a writing project, or anyone who likes King's early work. I would love to read something more comprehensive and up-to-date, but knowing how This is a pretty outdated group of essays about Stephen King's earlier works, meaning, nothing later than Cujo is discussed. Some of the essays border on dry and boring, some of them I simply don't agree with at all, and 2 of them really stand out as intriguing winners. I think this would be a great reference source for anyone using Stephen King's works for a writing project, or anyone who likes King's early work. I would love to read something more comprehensive and up-to-date, but knowing how large King's bibliography is, I am sure the book would be gigantic.

  4. 5 out of 5

    A. E. S.

    Stephen King criticism of some of his early works. Entertaining compare-and-contrast between his books and his movies.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shane CGoda

    This book was enjoyable. My wife picked it up at a thrift store in Las Animas Colorado. I unfortunately lost this in our last move. I do want to replace it.

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    Giacomo

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    Dr Hiền

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