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Danse Macabre

(1980)
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In the fall of 1978 (between The Stand and The Dead Zone), Stephen King taught a course at the University of Maine on "Themes in Supernatural Literature." As he writes in the foreword to this book, he was nervous at the prospect of "spending a lot of time in front of a lot of people talking about a subject in which I had previously only felt my way instinctively, like a blind man." The course apparently went well, and as with most teaching experiences, it was as instructive, if not more so, to the teacher as it was to the students. Thanks to a suggestion from his former editor at Doubleday, King decided to write Danse Macabre as a personal record of the thoughts about horror that he developed and refined as a result of that course.

The outcome is an utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right there with you, shooting the breeze. He starts on October 4, 1957, when he was 10 years old, watching a Saturday matinee of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the saucers were mounting their attack on "Our Nation's Capital," the movie was suddenly turned off. The manager of the theater walked out onto the stage and announced, "The Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it ... Spootnik."

That's how the whole book goes: one simple, yet surprisingly pertinent, anecdote or observation after another. King covers the gamut of horror as he'd experienced it at that point in 1978 (a period of about 30 years): folk tales, literature, radio, good movies, junk movies, and the "glass teat". It's colorful, funny, and nostalgic--and also strikingly intelligent. --Fiona WebsterStephen King explores the phenomenon of horror in a century of film, television, radio, and literature. Who better than King to investigate what terrifies his fans?

"One of the best books on American popular culture in the late 20th century." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

"A labor of love." (The Washington Star)


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September 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Stephen King's Danse Macabre
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February 1987 : USA Library Binding
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February 1992 : UK Hardback

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January 1981 : USA Hardback
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July 1981 : UK Hardback
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June 1980 : USA Hardback
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March 2012 : UK Paperback
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
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September 2001 : USA Paperback
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July 1998 : UK Paperback

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April 1998 : UK Paperback
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February 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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July 1982 : UK Paperback
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July 1982 : UK Paperback
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February 1987 : USA Paperback
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May 1982 : USA Paperback
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August 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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August 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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January 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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December 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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December 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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December 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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December 1983 : USA Paperback

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ISBN: 0-425-06735-1 / 978-0-425-06735-2 (USA edition)
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May 1983 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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ISBN: 0-425-06543-X / 978-0-425-06543-3 (USA edition)
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July 1981 : UK Paperback
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
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August 2016 : UK Audio edition
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January 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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ISBN: 1-5012-3277-0 / 978-1-5012-3277-0 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : USA Audio CD
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ISBN: 1-4805-4183-4 / 978-1-4805-4183-2 (USA edition)
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August 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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February 2010 : USA Audio CD
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February 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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February 2010 : USA Audio edition
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February 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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March 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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May 2006 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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