Post Book Shelf - the Stephen King Story by George Beahm
The Stephen King Story by George Beahm 330 pages, Andrews and McMeel, $9.95
One night during the early 1950s, little Stephen King noticed a stack of used paperback books piled alongside the family TV set. When he asked his mother, a single woman raising two boys, why she had bought them, she replied that, for her, they were "a pile of cheap, sweet vacations" from the 45-50 hour workweeks she was forced to endure in various dead-end jobs.
Today, Stephen King's "vacations" are hardly sweet--nor are they cheap (his latest, Dolores Claiborne, lists at $23.50). Nevertheless, King has sold nearly 150 million copies of his published books (36 to date, including short story compilations, limited-edition novels, and one nonfiction tome, 1981's Danse Macabre) worldwide. Nearly all of his fiction has been made--or is about to be made--into movies for the big screen as well as the small.
In the process, as Ben Franklin had done centuries before with newspaper publishing, King has taken what for decades had been a specialized--and thus highly unprofitable--endeavor (horror fiction) and made it both palatable for the masses and profitable for himself. By …
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Publication information: Article title: Post Book Shelf - the Stephen King Story by George Beahm. Contributors: Not available. Magazine title: The Saturday Evening Post. Volume: 265. Issue: 2 Publication date: March 1993. Page number: 30+. © Benjamin Franklin Literary and Medical Society Jan/Feb 2007. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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