Stephen King

Stephen King, 1947–, American writer, b. Portland, Maine. Influenced by the 19th-century Gothic tradition, especially the works of Poe, King's fiction reveals the macabre and horrific potential of everyday situations and experiences. Noted for their cinematic style, many of his novels and stories have become films, some with screenplays by King, e.g., Pet Sematary (1989, film 1992), Carrie (1974, film 1976), The Shining (1977, film 1980), It (1986, film 2017), Misery (1987, film 1990), Needful Things (1991, film 1993), Dolores Claiborne (1992, film 1995), Dreamcatcher (2001, film 2003), and A Good Marriage (2010, film 2014). Other novels include Rose Madder (1995); Bag of Bones (1998); the fantasy series The Dark Tower (7 vol., 1982–2004); Cell (2006); Lisey's Story (2006); Duma Key (2008); Under the Dome (2009); the baseball-themed Blockade Billy (2010); the time-traveling 11/22/63 (2011); Doctor Sleep (2013, a sequel to The Shining); Revival (2014); the crime-fiction triology Mr. Mercedes (2014, winner of an Edgar award), Finders Keepers (2015), and End of Watch (2016); and Sleeping Beauties (2017), written by King and his son Owen. King experimented relatively early with electronic publishing; the novella Riding the Bullet (2000, film 2004) was the first mass-market e-book, and the novel The Plant was released in six installments on the Internet in 2000. His On Writing (2000) recounts his life, his craft, and a near-fatal accident. King's novels, short stories, screenplays, and essays have made him one of the world's best-selling authors.

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Stephen King: Selected full-text books and articles

Stephen King: A Biography By Albert Rolls Greenwood Press, 2009
Stephen King By Harold Bloom Chelsea House, 1998
Librarian's tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Revisiting Stephen King: A Critical Companion By Sharon A. Russell Greenwood Press, 2002
Landscape of Fear: Stephen King's American Gothic By Tony Magistrale Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988
Stephen King's America By Jonathan P. Davis Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1994
The Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares By Gary Hoppenstand; Ray B. Browne Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1987
Diabolical Dreaming in Stephen King's "The Man in the Black Suit" By 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 By Texter, Douglas W Utopian Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, Winter 2007
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic By 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 By 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 By 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 By Michael D. Sharp Marshall Cavendish Reference, vol.6, 2006
Librarian's tip: "Stephen King" begins on p. 846
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