The Science of Stephen King: The Truth Behind Pennywise, Jack Torrance, Carrie, Cujo, and More Iconic Characters from the Master of Horror

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Uncover the theories behind the Master of Horror's macabre tales: It, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, Misery, Pet Semetary, and so much more!   Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present Uncover the theories behind the Master of Horror's macabre tales: It, The Shining, Carrie, Cujo, Misery, Pet Semetary, and so much more!   Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Stephen King stories and characters we all know and love. Through interviews, literary and film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Science of Stephen King delves into the uniquely horrific Stephen King universe to uncover the science behind the legendary novels that have become an integral part of modern pop culture, answering such questions as:  What is the science behind time travel and parallel universes like in The Dark Tower series and 11/22/63? How does lack of sleep affect the human body like in Insomnia? Is it possible for horrific creatures to exist like in Nightshift? What is the science behind curses and legends like in Dreamcatcher and Thinner? Join Kelly and Meg as they learn if we all really do float down here! ...more

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Crystal Zavala

I consider myself a baby Stephen King fan, but I do think I have earned the label of #ConstantReader . I started reading his books a little over two years ago. In that time, I have read at least one King book a month. Prior to that, I had only read Hearts in Atlantis. Meg Hafdahl sent me a copy of her newest book The Science of Stephen King that she co-wrote with her podcast co-host, Kelly Florence! Meg and Kelly co-host the podcast, Horror Rewind. The Science of Stephen King features 30 of King's I consider myself a baby Stephen King fan, but I do think I have earned the label of #ConstantReader . I started reading his books a little over two years ago. In that time, I have read at least one King book a month. Prior to that, I had only read Hearts in Atlantis. Meg Hafdahl sent me a copy of her newest book The Science of Stephen King that she co-wrote with her podcast co-host, Kelly Florence! Meg and Kelly co-host the podcast, Horror Rewind. The Science of Stephen King features 30 of King's books and separates them into their prospective decades. I asked Meg if I should skip the chapters about books where I haven't read them yet and she advised that they contain spoilers, so I should. Of the 30 books features, I have read 18 of the books. Technically I haven't read the entire book, but I did read the 18 chapters that correlate to those books. Meg and Kelly chose different scientific topics that these King books feature and cover them at a high level using research, interviews, and personal anecdotes. From menstruation in Carrie to reanimation in Pet Sematary and time travel in 11/22/63, Meg and Kelly use non-fiction to discuss these fictional books. The Science of Stephen King is a fun addition to any King library. I look forward to reading the rest of the chapters as I continue my King reading with the #KeeperOfKing crew.


Lainy

Time taken to read - < 4 days Pages - 264 Publisher - Skyhorse Source - Review copy Blurb from Goodreads Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Stephen King stories and characters we all know and love. Through interviews, literary and film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Scien Time taken to read - < 4 days Pages - 264 Publisher - Skyhorse Source - Review copy Blurb from Goodreads Gothic media moguls Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence, authors of The Science of Monsters and The Science of Women in Horror, and co-hosts of the Horror Rewind podcast called “the best horror film podcast out there” by Film Daddy, present a guide to the Stephen King stories and characters we all know and love. Through interviews, literary and film analysis, and bone-chilling discoveries, The Science of Stephen King delves into the uniquely horrific Stephen King universe to uncover the science behind the legendary novels that have become an integral part of modern pop culture, answering such questions as: What is the science behind time travel and parallel universes like in The Dark Tower series and 11/22/63? How does lack of sleep affect the human body like in Insomnia? Is it possible for horrific creatures to exist like in Nightshift? What is the science behind curses and legends like in Dreamcatcher and Thinner? Join Kelly and Meg as they learn if we all really do float down here! My Review Ha I am a complete muppet, the SCIENCE of Stephen King and I didn't tipple there would be science in it lmao. I just saw Stephen King and was immediately interested. I have loved Stephen King and horror since I stumbled across him as a kid (I know I know). So Hafdahl and Florence have created a book that looks into some of our best King stories and looked into some of the science behind the heart of some of these books. For example, IT we all know is a killer who takes the shape of whatever the children most fear but often, whilst toying with the losers club it takes the shape of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. This section offers a wee bit on the book itself and looks into coulrophobia and the history of clowns and why something that is meant to make us smile brings fear to so many. This is what the authors have done, they break the book down into decades, 1970s to 2010s. We get a bit of history on the main man himself and then a look at (some of) the books from those years. What the story is about, each chapter is titled but if you haven't read that story you will find a spoiler or two as they examine and chat about the story, the central theme and history/science around that topic. I won't go into every story but Cujo, they obvs talk about the story itself, then look at the history of dogs and their relationships with humans, rabies and snippets of King's personal battles along his career. Throughout the book we also get wee snippets of facts, information, titbits scattered throughout the pages, relevant to whatever that chapter is discussing. Whilst I was expecting the book to be something very different (I thought it was going to be in depth study/facts about the books/characters) I really enjoyed it. Information and facts about King I didn't know, facts/information/science and history relevant to each of the stories selected - like really interesting stuff from periods of history that I want to read more into. We have a very morbid history in some places do us humans and I am interested to read more. 4/5 for me, first time reading these guys works, they have other books I would be interested in checking out. If you are a fan of Master King, his works and some shady history of humanity you will absolutely enjoy this book, a keeper for me!


Brandi Guarino

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Science of Stephen King from authors Hafdahl and Florence in exchange for honest reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Following the release of their non-fiction novels, The Science of Women in Horror and The Science of Monsters, Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence have taken a deep dive into the world of Stephen King in their newest release, The Science of Stephen King. With nearly fifty years of material to delve into, there is plenty to keep King's #Co Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Science of Stephen King from authors Hafdahl and Florence in exchange for honest reviews. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Following the release of their non-fiction novels, The Science of Women in Horror and The Science of Monsters, Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence have taken a deep dive into the world of Stephen King in their newest release, The Science of Stephen King. With nearly fifty years of material to delve into, there is plenty to keep King's #ConstantReaders entertained. Divided by decade from the 197os release of Carrie through the present day release of The Institute, Hafdahl and Florence selected thirty of King's best known titles to cover. While this should go without saying, there are spoilers for the books contained in the chapters, so skip the books you haven't read. Each chapter shares interviews with experts in their field as well as experiences related to a novel in King's oeuvre: the significance of blood in Carrie, the dangers of biological warfare in The Stand, and the increase of school shootings in relation to the Bachman book Rage, just to name a few. While they did not seek to prove or disprove any theories, the facts and experiences shared are meant to enhance your King reading experience. Personally, it made me want to re-read books that I have read in the past as well as read ones I haven't gotten to yet. All in all, this is a great addition to their "The Science of..." series that Meg Hafdahl and Kelly Florence have been building and is a great companion piece to add to any Constant Readers King collection.

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