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DOWNLOAD Danse Macabre î PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ✓ Before he gave us the “one of a kind classic” The Wall Street Journal memoir On Writing Stephen King wrote a nonfiction masterpiece in Danse Macabre “one of the best books on American popular culture” Philadelphia InuirerFrom the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bBefore he gave us the “one of a kind classic” The Wall Street Journal memoir On Writing Stephen King wrote a nonfiction masterpiece in Danse Macabre “one of the best books on American popular culture” Philadelphia InuirerFrom the author of dozens of #1 New York Times bestsellers and the creator of many unforgettable movies comes a vivid intellige. This is what my copy looks like after finishing There was so much inside that head that I just wanted to remember or come back to or just highlight I could have done all of that on my nook and it would have been easier Simpler less restricted as to what I could fit onto the post it but I dunno This way just felt right to me There were a lot of references to books that I hadn't read yet and these sections I tried to skim so that I could get the idea without the spoilers but that wasn't always possible I do hate spoilers but I can't hold it against King too much I knew that was a possibility when I picked this up One doesn't read an examination of the horror genre without expecting examples and I'm just NOT that well read to think that I would've read every book he might have mentioned Not by a loooooooong shot But the books that I have read I now have a new and deeper appreciation for King sees things in such a different way than I do and so getting his perspective is fascinating Highly recommend reading this PS Support your local used book stores D

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L observation after another about the great stories books and films that comprise the horror genre from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist The Twilight Zone and Earth vs The Flying SaucersWith the insight and good humor his fans appreciated in On Writing Danse Macabre is an enjoyably entertaining tour through Stephen King’s beloved world of horro. the work of horror really is a dance—a moving rhythmic search And what it’s looking for is the place where you the viewer or the reader live at your most primitive level The work of horror is not interested in the civilized furniture of our lives Such a work dances through these rooms which we have fitted out one piece at a time each piece expressing—we hope—our socially acceptable and pleasantly enlightened character It is in search of another place a room which may sometimes resemble the secret den of a Victorian gentleman sometimes the torture chamber of the Spanish Inuisition but perhaps most freuently and most successfully the simple and brutally plain hole of a Stone Age cave dweller Is horror art On this second level the work of horror can be nothing else; it achieves the level of art simply because it is looking for something beyond art something that predates art it is looking for what I would call phobic pressure points The good horror tale will dance its way to the center of your life and find the secret door to the room you believed no one but you knew of—as both Albert Camus and Billy Joel have pointed out The Stranger makes us nervous but we love to try on his face in secret”That is probably an overly lengthy uote which to begin this review with but King encapsulates inside it what I found so compulsively readable about this non fiction Throughout the book King moves from boy to man and along the way introduces the reader to a whole host of horrifying titles across the boards of all types of media Many especially those mentioned at the beginning of this book I hadn't previously heard of King provides synopsis often spoilery that briefly describe each before dissecting their horrifying genius and how they impacted him over the course of his lifeI found all this to be of immense interest so when I was already versed in the media he was discussing but it was the discussions around these disparate titles that held fast appeal It is only through the lens of horror media that we got to the heart of horror as a genre but once done so King provides a startlingly deep insight into why it impacts us so thoroughly and continues to hold society in an eual measure of deep rooted pleasure and fearThe whys of horror rather than the titles are where I took most away from this but I also now have notebook pages filled with a such a vast number of movie and book titles that I have a lifetime of horrifying media already planned out ahead for me And I'm not mad about it one bit

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Danse MacabreNt and nostalgic journey through three decades of horror as experienced through the eyes of the most popular writer in the genre In 1981 years before he sat down to tackle On Writing Stephen King decided to address the topic of what makes horror horrifying and what makes terror terrifying Here in ten brilliantly written chapters King delivers one colorfu. I’ve been patiently parsing my way through a lot of the early works of Stephen King lately I think “The Stand” is next in order of publication but that’s a tall order to tackle so I might put it off until early next year In the meantime I picked up a battered paperback copy of King’s long form essay on the horror artform itself “Danse Macabre” Originally published in 1981 King wrote this book at the urging of his then editor at the time Bill Thompson who told him it would be a good idea to do a genre study in the hopes that it would answer a bunch of commonly asked uestions from fans and interviewers I remember reading it not long after it first came out and the material has aged reasonably well despite the fact that it’s now 37 years out of date There have been a couple of revisions since the initial publication and King added a “forenote” to a 2010 revision entitled “What’s Scary”So here is the caveat right off of the bat younger fans are going to have a hell of a time with the pop cultural references that King uses to illustrate his thesis He was current up to 1980 but let’s face it a hell of a lot has happened in the horror genre since then You won’t see the name Clive Barker in these pages You won’t see any references to “The Walking Dead” No Poppy Z Brite Even Anne Rice gets the short stick seeing as “Interview With The Vampire” still seemed like a shiny new toy in the field at the time You won’t even get any Freddy Krueger action and the “Nightmare On Elm Street” franchise now seems rather uaint in the harsh light of 2018 And I wonder like hell how King would have contrasted the original movie version of “The Thing” with John Carpenter’s truly horrifying remakeBut despite that feeling that the expiration date has long passed on this book it still has some value to anyone interested in the idea that horror fiction is than just cheap thrills King uses “Danse Macabre” to argue that horror is in fact a legitimate art form that has has a place in the cultural canon beyond that of a curious oddity that’s only fit for people who can’t handle “real” literature And “Danse Macabre” also does another important thing it establishes Stephen King’s bona fides as a serious genre figure King often suffers from “popular author syndrome” that curious malady that infects writers who appeal to a mass audience There is a certain subset of fandom that tends to euate popularity with vapidity as if widespread appeal is somehow an arbiter of a lesser uality And maybe sometimes that’s true to some degree Some writers DO water down their work in an attempt to reach a larger demographic But let me tell you this King isn’t one of them He has written some of the most classic genre stories and novels to ever grace a bookshelf and he has never diluted his product in order to score easy bestseller points The best way to approach “Danse Macabre” is to put the pop cultural references mostly to the side and instead focus on King’s well developed ideas regarding the subconscious roots of horror and why it appeals to a certain subset of the populace Stephen King is a smart guy and he has been a teacher and a lecturer at various times in his career Readers with a good eye and an even better memory will realize that some of the material here has been recycled a fact that King freely admits in his afterword That doesn’t change the fact that King makes some really interesting observations on the idea of the horror as a genre deserving of respect And in all fairness a lot of the books that King cites are older works that still have a revered place in the catalog of fantastic fiction The sections on television and the movies have aged less well but it’s fun to remember just how Good “Twilight Zone” “Outer Limits” Hammer horror flicks or Bad “Kolchak The Night Stalker” “Plan 9 From Outer Space” the visual medium was as seen from the vantage point of 1980 One of the best things about “Danse Macabre” is that it’s a reminder of just how good and obscure a television series like “Thriller” was Readers today DO have the advantage of YouTube where reruns of these old television series and a number of movies that King talks about can be easily found I’m certainly not going to spoil the ideas that King presents Suffice it to say that he makes some very valid arguments about the psychological nature of the horror phenomenon and he does so with style and panache and a clear passion for his material Starting with the basics fairy tales King takes us through a whirlwind tour of the dark arts covering radio shows television movies and books on his way to explaining the enduring popularity of horror My favorite section of the book is where King decides to take an autobiographical detour through some of his own experiences as a aficionado of the eerie I’m not going to steal any of the man’s thunder when I tell you that there really WAS a Marsten House in the town that King grew up in All of this just serves to reinforce the fact that Stephen King is a reliable narrator on our journey of darkness He is as entrenched as anyone in the great Family Tree of horror fandom and he comes by it honestly and without shame Face it King just happened to be lucky enough to have enough of that mysterious rocket fuel that we call “talent” that he was able to distill his love and knowledge of the form into a VERY profitable career as a writer I don’t think that I discovered anything new between these pages I have enough memory of reading the book in my teens that none of it really felt new to me I did appreciate the section on television because it did remind me of the long lost “Thriller” series And you would be a fool if you did not check out a few of those old “Dark Shadows” shows out on the trusty interwebbings If you’ve never read “Danse Macabre” before though then you need to Used copies are a dime a dozen and if you’re really into it you can go and find the original hardback printing for a reasonable enough price It’s an overlooked and fairly obscure part of the King oeuvre but it’s well worth seeking out for its insight into how the young Stephen King approached his writing within the framework of horror fiction as a whole One last thingI have had uite a few people mention to me that King is on record as really hating Stanley Kubrick’s movie version of “The Shining” That may be a case of revisionist history on King’s part He seems mostly ambivalent about the whole thing in “Danse Macabre” He has a mild criticism of Kubrick taking “The Shining” “backwards to the sound stage” but overall he is fairly complimentary to Kubrick’s legacy as a director of true vision In speaking of the movie version of “The Shining” on page 115 King states that “Kubrick is a director who shows an almost exuisite sensitivity to the nuances of light and shadow” Not exactly a scathing condemnation of the film at least not in THIS venue Ultimately “Danse Macabre” is really only necessary for superfans andor King completionists but it’s still a fun read even as outdated as it is Pick it to pieces with an open mind