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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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Stephen King – Revival | Review

Title: Revival

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 390

Rating: 3/5

 

 

This is one of King’s more recent books and so that’s probably why I hadn’t picked it up until now. It’s been sitting on my shelves for a while, but I always have a big pile of King books ready to go at any one time. I wasn’t particularly impressed by this one, but then I wasn’t expecting too much of it either. In fact, it’s one of the few King books that I just haven’t really heard anything about.

Here, the main themes are rock ‘n’ roll and religious leadership, as epitomised by the two main characters. What’s weird about that is that it ended up reminding me of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill, King’s son, because the main character in that had similarities to this one, at least at times.

Honestly, I couldn’t recommend this book over any of King’s others, but it’s not necessarily bad. It’s just not got the magic that some of King’s other work has, and I don’t think it does a great job of representing him. At the same time, other than disagreeing with some of the science and not enjoying the way it basically turned into Frankenstein, it was decent enough. I read it in the space of two or three days and it didn’t drag.

 

Stephen King
Stephen King

 

So all in all, I’m glad I picked this up because I’m still working through King’s back catalogue, but I’m also glad that I didn’t go out of my way to get to it. At least it was better than Black House, which he co-wrote with Peter Straub, and it didn’t waffle on for as long, either. In fact, it’s relatively short for a Stephen King novel, but other than that it does follow some of his tried and tested formulae. It has a lacklustre ending for a start, which is pretty much a King tradition.

I probably wouldn’t recommend reading this unless you’re already a King fan, but if you are a King fan then go ahead when you get round to it. Look on the bright side. At least it isn’t From a Buick 8. And it also has a little excerpt of Bag of Bones in the back of it, if that’s of interest.

 

Stephen King Quote
Stephen King Quote

 

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