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: 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
Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne and Rose Madder: A Literary Backlash against Domestic Violence By Canfield, Amy Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA), Vol. 30, No. 4, December 2007
PEER-REVIEWED PERIODICAL
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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 PERIODICAL
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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