By Sharon A. Russell

ISBN-10: 0313008426

ISBN-13: 9780313008429

ISBN-10: 0313294178

ISBN-13: 9780313294174

Probably the most prolific and renowned modern novelists, Stephen King has a loyal following of captivated readers. this is often the 1st serious paintings on King to envision his most up-to-date novels, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, and Rose Madder, and to investigate the various threads of his fiction in a manner that's obtainable to teenagers and basic readers. it really is designed to aid the reader comprehend the rigorously prepared narrative constitution of his novels, the relation of his fiction to the horror and technology fiction genres and to one another, personality improvement, and stylistic and thematic issues that recur and evolve all through his paintings. Following a biographical bankruptcy that hyperlinks his lifestyles to the advance of his fiction, Russell deals an outline bankruptcy on all his novels. person chapters learn 9 consultant novels: as well as the 3 pointed out above, Russell examines 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The darkish part, The darkish Tower III: The Waste Lands, and considered necessary issues. a whole bibliography of all Stephen King's paintings, serious assets, and a list of experiences of the novels tested intensive whole the paintings. every one bankruptcy offers with one novel and contains sections on plot and narrative constitution, personality improvement, and thematic issues. whereas focusing on the weather of every novel, Russell additionally attracts comparisons to different novels in King's canon and issues out their developmental dating. She indicates how King makes use of horror, technological know-how fiction, and suspense to discover human relationships, how he expands conventional techniques to style through combining components of a number of the genres in his fiction, and the way he has persevered to develop as an artist all through his profession. each one novel can also be tested from an alternate severe strategy, which deals the reader an extra point of view from which to learn it. since it is the one critique of King to accommodate his fresh novels and has been designed for teenagers and common readers, this severe significant other might be a key buy for college and public libraries.

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Most people read horror fiction or see horror films because they like the kinds of reactions this genre stimulates in them. King wants you to be scared by his work. Some of us read horror fiction as a way of testing ourselves; we can come near death without dying. It’s like getting on the most frightening ride in the amusement park. We can see how brave we are without actually risking our lives. Many people define horror by its subjects. We all think of creatures Page 17 like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the wolfman as monsters in the horror genre.

Insomnia has interesting connections with The Dark Tower series. All of these novels are examples of the way King continues to explore and enlarge his fictional world. He does not know how his work will stand up in the future. He thinks it will still be in libraries if we still have libraries. He knows the test of a writer is how long his work is around after his death. ‘‘After I’m dead some eleven year old kid will be going along through the stacks the way I went through the library stacks and discovered Richard Matheson and Algernon Blackwood, and he’ll find this dusty book and he’ll take it home and he’ll lose an afternoon’’ (Underwood and Miller, Feast of Fear 238).

His greatest tribute to Ruth Pillsbury King is Dolores Claiborne (1993). This novel, also dedicated to her, is a beautiful examination of the life of a hard-working mother in Maine. In his article ‘‘On Becoming a Brand Name’’ King explains that publishers like to be able to bounce back and forth between hardcover editions of one book and paperback versions of another because each creates new interest in the author (Underwood and Miller, Fear Itself). With the sale of Carrie King decided to leave teaching to become a full-time writer.

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