A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences
by Bev Vincent
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 04 Oct 2022
Quarto Publishing Group – becker & mayer!, becker&mayer! books ISBN
Even if you are a die-hard fan, you will find something new in this beautifully packaged Stephen King reference that you will return to again and again. Timed to celebrate Stephen King’s 75th birthday on September 21, 2022, Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences reveals the inspiration behind the prolific author’s brilliant works of horror through a combination of photos and documents from King’s archives and an engaging account of the stories behind how his novels, novellas, short stories, and adaptations came to be.
It might sound like a tall tale that Stephen King once met a bartender named Grady in an empty hotel in Colorado, or that the celebrated author helped his young daughter bury her cat in a nearby “pets sematary” after it was killed on a busy roadway. In this book, discover how King drew on these and more real personal experiences and mundane life events, then employed his extraordinary imagination to twist them into something horrific.
From impoverished university student to struggling schoolteacher to one of the best-selling—and most recognizable—authors of all time, this engrossing book reveals the evolution and influences of Stephen King’s body of work over his nearly 50-year career, and how the themes of his writing reflect the changing times and events within his life.
An expansion of Stephen King expert Bev Vincent’s The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, this fully revised, redesigned, and updated book includes:
- A review of King’s complete body of work, including Fairy Tale, published in September 2022.
- A wealth of rare memorabilia from King’s own collection, including personal and professional correspondences, handwritten manuscript pages, book covers, movie stills, and never-before-seen excerpts from one of his poems and an unpublished short story.
- Interludes on specific topics such as real-life settings that inspired King’s writing, the editor who discovered him, his life as a Boston Red Sox fan, and the many awards and honors he has received.
- Insightful quotes from King from interviews over the decades.
Celebrate the beloved King of Horror with this informational and entertaining look inside King’s most iconic titles and the culture they have created.
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A perfect companion for any Stephen King fan. The author covers Mr. King from the beginning until the present. There are so many wonderful photos in the book. It's worth reading just for those however there are so many interesting stories about the novels, his life and career.
I have been a constant reader since the 1980's and have devoured all of the novels and short stories that I could get my hands on. This book gives so much info on the books that I will probably go back and re-read many of them again that I haven't. Except Cujo. I can never read that again.
Lovely book. Will be perfect as a coffee table book.
This was such a brilliant book. I just couldn't put it down and had to read it all in one sitting. I just loved how the author incorporated so many pictures into the text to create such a fantastic book. I really don't think anything was missed out it was so interesting. It was obvious that this book was so well researched. The book flowed so well bringing together many sources of information to make this incredible read. It was so interesting that I became engrossed from the very start. Stephen King is a big figure in the literary scene and his life makes for a very fascinating book. Especially just how many books he can write in one year and thT the publishers only ever wanted to print 2 a year. It was certainly great learning about his reasons for creating Richard Buchman. I definitely recommend this book if you have ever loved his books.
Only the highest of praise goes out to the author and publishers for bringing us this fascinating story of a great writer that includes his books, life and films. I will definitely will be looking out for more books by this brilliant author.
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