Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror

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From the Publisher: This book takes a critical look at Stephen King's most iconic works and reads between the lines to uncover the personal influences and demons as reflected in each monster, epidemic, and depraved character. Unseen family photographs and 16 pieces of previously unpublished ephemera - such as handwritten manuscript notes, typed early drafts, lengthy journa From the Publisher: This book takes a critical look at Stephen King's most iconic works and reads between the lines to uncover the personal influences and demons as reflected in each monster, epidemic, and depraved character. Unseen family photographs and 16 pieces of previously unpublished ephemera - such as handwritten manuscript notes, typed early drafts, lengthy journal entries, and doodles for King's college newspaper - complete this tangible tour. Packed with fascinating biographical details, literary interpretations, and personal memorabilia, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion is a must-have addition to any true fan's library. About the author: Bev Vincent is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of The Road to the Dark Tower, an authorized companion to King's Dark Tower series. Vincent has published more than fifty of his own short stories. He lives in Texas. ...more

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Becky

Knowing my love for King, you might be surprised to learn that I just found out about the existence of this book today. Despite the fact that I am a devoted King fan, and a member of the Stephen King Fan group here on GR, in which there was a thread about this book open since last October, I somehow managed to miss it. But that was kind of fortuitous, as events worked out in such a way as for me to get this book 1/2 price. But even if I hadn't, it would still have been worth every penny. This is Knowing my love for King, you might be surprised to learn that I just found out about the existence of this book today. Despite the fact that I am a devoted King fan, and a member of the Stephen King Fan group here on GR, in which there was a thread about this book open since last October, I somehow managed to miss it. But that was kind of fortuitous, as events worked out in such a way as for me to get this book 1/2 price. But even if I hadn't, it would still have been worth every penny. This is an absolute MUST-HAVE for every King lover. Inside is a plethora of tidbits and relics of King's life and career. Everything from reproductions of sections of the newspaper he and his brother put out as kids, to reproductions of rough drafts of work, sketches, etc. Bev Vincent provides not only a readable and interesting narrative, but also contributes a lot of insight into King's work that I'd never thought of before. It makes me want to go back and read these books with a new eye. (So I think I will! :D) A lot of the information in this book regarding King's life is general knowledge or pulled from the pages of Danse Macabre (which I haven't read yet, but will squeeze in as soon as it lands on my doorstep), On Writing, which I've just read, and quotes from interviews and the like. Most of the major facets of King's life are touched on. His childhood, his early writing career, his inspiration and ideas, The Rock Bottom Remainders, his radio station, his accident (with some touches on "old" King vs "post-accident" King), his relationship with his wife, his philanthropy, his innovation in publishing, and the possibilities the future may hold. Just about everything but the kitchen sink. But I'd have read about that too if they put it in. :) Contained within these pages is a quote which I think sums up most of what I love about King: "...King says, 'I believe these {horror} stories exist because we sometimes need to create unreal monsters and bogies to stand in for all the things we fear in our real lives.' His hope, though, is that 'you don't get scared of monsters-- you get scared for people.' This succinctly describes one of the secrets of King's success-- his books are fundamentally about how people react to stressful circumstances. He makes readers care for his characters, and then throws something catastrophic at them." This quote is in the section dedicated to The Shining, but it's true of all of his work, in my opinion. I love the way that King brings his characters to life. They are more than just words on a page, they could be real people, some that I would love to know, others that I'd avoid like the plague, but real nonetheless. I'm proud to call Stephen King my favorite author. He deserves it. Not only is he able to write characters that make me physically miss them after a while, but he is accessible, and real and good-hearted himself. And yet, literary snobs like Harold Bloom seem to think that he is the "death of the Literary Reader". Pfft. This is twice that old Harold has offended me (three times if you count that he cannot even spell "Tolkien", yet claims to be a fan...). Somebody needs to slap old Harold. He's an idiot. King's response is to say "Harold Bloom has never been very interested in popular culture, and he has no real grasp of popular culture, popular writing, or the places where what we call pop culture crosses what you would call higher culture... What I would really like to do is see Harold Bloom given an injection of sodium pentothol so that he had to tell the truth and say 'Now, Harold, how much Stephen King have you actually read?' And I think the answer would be probably less than one whole book. My guess is he's dipped a few times, and you come to the table with certain prejudices, and naturally you're going to see those prejudices fulfilled." Bravo. How true. Prejudiced is the perfect word to describe Harold Bloom in my opinion. Anyway, enough ranting about Harold. (Although I now wonder if overweight, pimply and pompous poet-wannabe Harold Lauder was modeled after old Harold Bloom? Hmm. The answer does not lie within this book, but if I ever meet King, I'll be sure to ask.) Really, now, enough of the snobs. As I mentioned before, this is a must have for any King fan. Surely the Harold quote is enough to justify the purchase, but really, these 176 pages are jam-packed with memorabilia that shows us (if we didn't know already) that King is a person, and a GOOD one, not just a FAMOUS or a RICH person. He's active in his community, has several charities, and gives back whenever he can, most recently by purchasing bus tickets so that a good-sized chunk of soldiers home from Afghanistan (I think- may have to check which war they were home from) could visit their families for the holidays. So, yes, he deserves to be my favorite author, and he's got a spot on my 'favorite person' list too. :)


Christina

It's like stuff you could collect out of Stephen King's garbage and recycling if the restraining order didn't keep you at least 300 yards away! :) It's a cliche, sure, but if you're a dorky stalker-fan such as myself (I mean, I've actually hung out in front of his Bangor home hoping for a glimpse of even a shadow on the curtain), you shouldn't be without this fascinating peek into sections of his life you've probably never seen. Fun, fun, fun -- the paper artist in me just ate up the envelopes ful It's like stuff you could collect out of Stephen King's garbage and recycling if the restraining order didn't keep you at least 300 yards away! :) It's a cliche, sure, but if you're a dorky stalker-fan such as myself (I mean, I've actually hung out in front of his Bangor home hoping for a glimpse of even a shadow on the curtain), you shouldn't be without this fascinating peek into sections of his life you've probably never seen. Fun, fun, fun -- the paper artist in me just ate up the envelopes full of reproductions of things like his first comic book, a story in his high school newspaper and so on, manuscript portions with a copy editor's suggested corrections -- all great stuff. (My only complaint here is why did they HAVE to print "REPRODUCTION" on everything? I suppose it has to do with legal stuff. Oh well.) And one other thing -- I would like to thank the person responsible for the design of the envelopes that hold the reproduction ephemera. Instead of seals that have to be broken, making you wince as you wonder if you're destroying some masterwork, there's an easily moved piece of folded-over cardstock holding the envelope flap together. I want more, please! SK has published -- what are we up to? 60? 70? -- works, and this only covers a fraction of them. I would like to thank GroupOn, whose $20 worth of Barnes & Noble for $10 offer (which I bought BEFORE the Super Bowl ad), led me to this marvelous piece!!


Kandice

The text in this book didn't hold a lot of surprises, especially if you're a stalker fan like me, but the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Throw in the eight glassine envelopes that hold copies of manuscripts, sketches, letters, news articles and pages in King's handwriting and you have a virtual gold mine of memorabilia. I have three other books "about" King, Feast of Fear: Conversations With Stephen King, The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Works o The text in this book didn't hold a lot of surprises, especially if you're a stalker fan like me, but the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Throw in the eight glassine envelopes that hold copies of manuscripts, sketches, letters, news articles and pages in King's handwriting and you have a virtual gold mine of memorabilia. I have three other books "about" King, Feast of Fear: Conversations With Stephen King, The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Works of America's Master Of.... and The Stephen King Companion, not to mention Danse Macabre and On Writing which are non-fiction and written by King himself and give you plenty of personal insight. It's safe to say I know a lot about the guy. All the little "extras" I could remove, touch and feel were what made me love this book more than the others. This is a "must have" for any true King stalker fan.

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