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Stephen King – Danse Macabre | Review

Title: Danse Macabre

Author: Stephen King

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 480

Rating: 4/5

I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did, mainly because it’s non-fiction and obviously King has a reputation as the master of horror. Still, it’s a non-fiction book about horror with a little bit of memoir and autobiography thrown in, and that makes it a pretty fascinating book if you’re a fan of either horror or Stephen King.

At the same time, it’s definitely dated in a lot of places. For example, he mentions an exciting new punk band called The Ramones and makes a reference to a book he’s writing where a parent loses a child, and I’m pretty sure he was talking about Pet Sematary. Kind of weird really, because the Ramones later recorded a song of the same name.

He also talked about how Kubrick did a good job of the movie of The Shining, and that was weird to me because King famously doesn’t like it. Perhaps he changed his mind later on. He also talked about how there aren’t enough works about haunted cars, which he later changed with Christine (still need to read it) and From a Buick 8 (actually terrible).

The fact that it’s a non-fiction book means that by its very nature, it has something of a different tone to King’s other stuff, although you can definitely tell that he’s the one who wrote it. Perhaps it’s also that he was a little younger and therefore closer to the start of his career. Whatever the case, he comes across as almost irreverent at times, though not in a bad way.

He always treats the works that he covers with the greatest of respect even when he doesn’t necessarily enjoy the work in question. He acknowledges that something can be hugely influential and important to a specific genre of film and literature, even if he doesn’t like the work itself. It’s a bit like how you can enjoy rock music without being a fan of The Beatles.

I don’t think that this book necessarily has a widespread appeal, but if you’re either a Stephen King fan or a fan of classic horror – and let’s be honest, if you’re one then you’re probably the other – then this will be right up your street. If nothing else, you’ll find yourself walking away with a whole bunch of recommendations to check out. I know I have.

Of course, some of the stuff that he covers here is pretty niche, to the point at which you’d probably struggle to track some of it down. Other is much more well-known, from Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to The Exorcist and even King’s own books. He also writes in a way that doesn’t ruin things that you haven’t yet experienced, which I was worried about. Good stuff!

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Robert Louis Stevenson – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Review

Title: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 236

Rating: 8/10


Robert Louis Stevenson - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a classic story, with a plot that most people know already – put simply, the titular character finds himself transforming into somebody else, somebody who you wouldn’t want to mess with. It’s a great story, as is evidenced by the fact that it’s been immortalised in popular culture through various parodies and adaptations.

My copy also included a number of other stories, which were a lot of fun to read – it surprised me to find out just how short Jekyll and Hyde is. It’s not even the length of a novella – it’s a little shorter than that. In fact, this collection is essentially a collection of short stories, one of which happens to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

I’d recommend reading it, but only just the once – it can be a little heavy going at times, and Stevenson’s writing style isn’t for everyone. Still, it’s part of the canon of classical literature, and every serious reader ought to check it out. Even if you don’t like it as much as I did, it’s a short book and so you don’t need to make a huge time commitment. You could even read just the one short story, although that would be harsh on the others.


Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson


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