Stephen King

Stephen King, 1947–, American writer, b. Portland, Maine. A hugely prolific author, he writes horror stories influenced by the 19th-century Gothic tradition, especially that of Edgar Allan Poe. His novels, short stories, screenplays, and essays have made him one of the world's best-selling authors. King takes everyday situations and experiences and reveals their macabre and horrific potential. Noted for their cinematic style, many of his novels and stories have been turned into successful motion pictures, some with screenplays by King, e.g., Pet Sematary (1989, film 1992), Carrie (1974, film 1976), The Shining (1977, film 1980) and its sequel, Doctor Sleep (2013), Misery (1987, film 1990), Needful Things (1991, film 1993), Dolores Claiborne (1992, film 1995), and Dreamcatcher (2001, film 2003). His other novels include Rose Madder (1995), Bag of Bones (1998), a seven-volume fantasy series entitled The Dark Tower (1982–2004), Cell (2006), Lisey's Story (2006), Duma Key (2008), Under the Dome (2009), the baseball-themed Blockade Billy (2010), and the time-traveling 11/22/63 (2011). The novella Riding the Bullet (2000, film 2004) was released as an electronic entity, to be read on an e-book reader, personal digital assistant, or computer, and a subsequent novel, The Plant, was electronically self-published and released in installments on the Internet beginning in 2000. His On Writing (2000) recounts his life, his craft, and a near-fatal accident.

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Stephen King
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1998
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Revisiting Stephen King: A Critical Companion
Sharon A. Russell.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Landscape of Fear: Stephen King's American Gothic
Tony Magistrale.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988
Stephen King's America
Jonathan P. Davis.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1994
The Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares
Gary Hoppenstand; Ray B. Browne.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1987
The Literary Equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries?: Academics, Moralists, and the Stephen King Phenomenon
Smith, Greg.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 4, Summer 2002
Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne and Rose Madder: A Literary Backlash against Domestic Violence
Canfield, Amy.
Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Vol. 30, No. 4, December 2007
Mythic Quality and Popular Reading in Stephen King's Rose Madder
Causo, Roberto De Sousa.
Extrapolation, Vol. 44, No. 3, Fall 2003
Diabolical Dreaming in Stephen King's "The Man in the Black Suit"
Hansen, Tom.
The Midwest Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3, Spring 2004
"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dystopia": The Culture Industry's Neutralization of Stephen King's the Running Man
Texter, Douglas W.
Utopian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter 2007
Science and Destabilization in the Modern American Gothic: Lovecraft, Matheson, and King
David A. Oakes.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice
Linda Badley.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Maps of Heaven, Maps of Hell: Religious Terror as Memory from the Puritans to Stephen King
Edward J. Ingebretsen.
M. E. Sharpe, 1996
Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic
Elisabeth Anne Leonard.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Reading King Darkly: Issues of Race in Stephen King's Novels"
Literature and Film as Modern Mythology
William K. Ferrell.
Praeger, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Hope Springs Eternal: 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption' by Stephen King"
Preposterous Violence: Fables of Aggression in Modern Culture
James B. Twitchell.
Oxford University Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Preposterous Violence in Prose Fiction: The Coronation of Stephen King"
Popular Contemporary Writers
Michael D. Sharp.
Marshall Cavendish Reference, vol.6, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Stephen King" begins on p. 846
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