Danse Macabre by Stephen King


I really had no idea what to think of this book at first. I want to read every book from Stephen king so this was on my list. The reason I read this recently is for the simple reason that out of all the books I wanted to read this was the only one available at the library when I needed a book. I have always wondered what movies King thinks are worth watching in the horror genre and what his favorite novels are so I was anxious to see what he had to say. At the same time I wasn't sure how I would feel about a lecture on the subject. Would it take all the fun out of horror siting there reading about it broken down to its simplest forms?

I liked this book, King is one of those celebrities that I wish I could have dinner with. Just to talk about life, writing, and the subject of horror. Of course there would be no place for baseball in our dinner conversation. I'm a Cardinals fan and he is a Red Sox fan. We don't get along and the rivalry is almost as bad as the Cardinals and the Cubs. King is also someone I would love to take a class with. If I could take a writing course with King I would be in heaven. This book was like a class he is teaching, and a dinner conversation all rolled into one. 

It was nice to know that I am just as warped as King is. We have the same taste in crappy B horror movies and I got a kick out of that. The foreword was done somewhat recently so he mentions some newer remakes that he enjoyed and I liked those as well. Other wise the rest of the book is all about some of the really old Horror movies that paved the way for what we have now. Not only does he talk about Horror movies, but he discusses some of the classic novels. He breaks down Dracula and Frankenstein and how they affected the movies that spun off from these novels. King also has a small section about Radio Horror programs. That was really interesting because I have heard some of those programs. The old radio dramas are great audio books. 

As cool as this book turned out to be there were times where I drifted off and found myself a little bored. He got a little long winded at parts, but I'm used to that. Some of his books are over the 1000 page count so it wasn't a surprise. I enjoyed this book and I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars. This was a fun trip down the halls of horror.


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