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The Functions of Unnatural Death in Stephen King

The Functions of Unnatural Death in Stephen King
Author: Rebecca Frost
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2022-03-02
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1793646228

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The Functions of Unnatural Death in Stephen King: Murder, Sickness, and Plots examines over thirty of King’s works and looks at the character deaths within them, placing them first within the chronology of the plot and then assigning them a function. Death is horrific and perhaps the only universal horror because it comes to us all. Stephen King, known as the Master of Horror, rarely writes without including death in his works. However, he keeps death from being repetitious or fully expected because of the ways in which he plays with the subject, maintaining what he himself has called a childlike approach to death. Although character deaths are a constant, the narrative function of those deaths changes depending on their placement within the plot. By separating out the purposes of early deaths from those that come during the rising action or during the climax, this book examines the myriad ways character deaths in King can affect surviving characters and therefore the plot. Even though character deaths are frequent and hardly ever occur only once in a book, King’s varying approaches to, and uses of, these deaths show how he continues to play with both the subject and its facets of horror throughout his work.


The Science of Stephen King

The Science of Stephen King
Author: Lois H. Gresh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2007-08-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0471782475

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Introduction: Where Science and Fiction Intersect -- From Proms to Cells: The Psychic World of Stephen King -- Carrie -- Firestarter -- The Dead Zone -- Hearts in Atlantis Cell -- The Green Mile -- On the Highway with Stephen King -- "Trucks"--They Came From Outer Space -- Dreamcatcher -- The Tommyknockers -- The Fourth Horseman -- The Stand -- Up the Dimensions with Stephen King -- The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger -- Insomnia -- Traveling in Time with Stephen King - The Langoliers -- Parallel Worlds -- "The Mists" -- From a Buick 8 -- The Dark Tower -- The Tailisman -- Longevity an Genetic Research - The Golden Years -- Evil, Obsession, and Fear -- The Tommyknockers -- Carrie -- The Talisman -- It -- The Stand -- Danse Macabre -- The Shining -- Misery -- "Night Surf."


Stephen King's Contemporary Classics

Stephen King's Contemporary Classics
Author: Philip L. Simpson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2014-11-13
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1442244917

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Many readers know Stephen King for his early works of horror, from his fiction debut Carrie to his blockbuster novels The Shining, The Stand, and Misery, among others. While he continues to be a best-selling author, King’s more recent fiction has not received the kind of critical attention that his books from the 1970s and 1980s enjoyed. Recent novels like Duma Key and 1/22/63 have been marginalized and, arguably, cast aside as anomalies within the author’s extensive canon. In Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics: Reflections on the Modern Master of Horror, Philip L. Simpson and Patrick McAleer present a collection of essays that analyze, assess, and critique King’s post-1995 compositions. Purposefully side-stepping studies of earlier work, these essays are arranged into three main parts: the first section examines five King novels published between 2009 and 2013, offering genuinely fresh scholarship on King; the second part looks at the development of King’s distinct brand of horror; the third section departs from probing the content of King’s writing and instead focuses on King’s process. By concentrating on King’s most recent writings, this collection offers provocative insights into the author’s work, featuring essays on Dr. Sleep, Duma Key, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Joyland, Under the Dome, and others. As such, Stephen King’s Contemporary Classics will appeal to general fans of the author’s work as well as scholars of Stephen King and modern literature.


The Moral Voyages of Stephen King

The Moral Voyages of Stephen King
Author: Tony Magistrale
Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
Total Pages: 172
Release: 1989-01-01
Genre: Didactic fiction, American
ISBN: 155742070X

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Magistrale discusses the themes that turn King's fiction into morality tales.


Readings on Stephen King

Readings on Stephen King
Author: Karin Susan Coddon
Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated
Total Pages: 198
Release: 2004
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN:

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This anthology collects representative critical essays, reviews, and commentary from the author himself about his body of work. King's life, his development as a writer, his literary influences, and important themes and motifs in his fiction are considered from a variety of perspectives, including feminist theory, sociological criticism, and the traditions of Gothic horror.


Gothic Afterlives

Gothic Afterlives
Author: Lorna Piatti-Farnell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2019-09-13
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1498578233

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Gothic Afterlives examines the intersecting dimensions of contemporary Gothic horror and remakes scholarship, bringing together innovative perspectives from different areas of study. The research compiled in this collection covers a wide range of examples, including not only literature but also film, television, video games, and digital media remakes. Gothic Afterlives signals the cultural and conceptual impact of Gothic horror on transmedia production, with a focus on reimagining and remaking. While diverse in content and approach, all chapters pivot on two important points: first, they reflect some of the core preoccupations of Gothic horror by subverting cultural and social certainties about notions such as the body, technology, consumption, human nature, digitalization, scientific experimentation, national identity, memory, and gender and by challenging the boundaries between human and inhuman, self and Other, and good and evil. Second, and perhaps most important, all chapters in the collection collectively show what happens when well-known Gothic horror narratives are adapted and remade into different contexts, highlighting the implications of the mode-shifting registers, platforms, and chronologies in the process. As a collection, Gothic Afterlives hones in on contemporary sociocultural experiences and identities as they appear in contemporary popular culture and in the stories told and retold in the twenty-first century.


Different Seasons

Different Seasons
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2016-01-01
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1501141171

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Includes the stories “The Body” and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine A “hypnotic” (The New York Times Book Review) collection of four novellas—including the inspirations behind the films Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption—from Stephen King, bound together by the changing of seasons, each taking on the theme of a journey with strikingly different tones and characters. This gripping collection begins with “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” in which an unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge—the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award-nominee The Shawshank Redemption. Next is “Apt Pupil,” the inspiration for the film of the same name about top high school student Todd Bowden and his obsession with the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. In “The Body,” four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. This novella became the movie Stand By Me. Finally, a disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death in “The Breathing Method.” “The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make Stephen King the consummate storyteller that he is,” hailed the Houston Chronicle about Different Seasons.


The Stephen King Companion

The Stephen King Companion
Author: George W. Beahm
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Total Pages: 342
Release: 1995
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN:

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Not a reference book, but a pretty good fan book. Covers King's career, criticism, synopses, transcriptions to film and audio. Illustrated with pictures of King, covers, movie sets. Public libraries will need gobs. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


The Two Dead Girls

The Two Dead Girls
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 65
Release: 2016-04-12
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1501138286

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The Green Mile, Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel, was first published twenty years ago in six original paperback installments. Inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Hanks about an innocent man on death row, The Green Mile is now available for the first time in e-serial form. Two Dead Girls is Volume One. Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile—the prison’s death row. This is the story, told by former guard Paul Edgecombe, of what happened there in 1932 when an unusual inmate named John Coffey arrives. Condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity, he has the body of a giant and the mind of a child. But there’s something about Coffey that makes Paul question if this man could have committed that crime. He is a rare, gentle spirit along the Green Mile.


Stephen King

Stephen King
Author: Rocky Wood
Publisher: Kanrock Pub.
Total Pages: 412
Release: 2006
Genre: Horror tales, American
ISBN:

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99 dark secrets from the world of Stephen King. The most informative look yet at the dark secrets of the Stephen King world. 48 tales by the master of horror that have never been included in a Stephen King collection; and 51 stories that have never been published.