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November 30th, 2017


     To be a fan of something, anything (movies, books, music, games, TV shows), you can watch them  a hundred times, read the books over and over, dress up in Cosplay, go to conventions, have huge collections, heck..even have tattoos of your favorite characters! However, I believe a truly, major, die-hard fan does all those things AND does something else: studies! I mean, why not go deep into your fandom and find out fun facts, secrets, behind-the-scenes stories, and trivia that you may have never known before. One of the ways of doing this is by reading books about that favorite thing. In this case, the subject is, without question, one of the top greatest writers of our time: STEPHEN KING!


   There have been tons of books about Stephen King, his works, specific books about one subject (like The Dark Tower), trivia books, movie books, bios, and Top Best lists of his works. King fans just can't get enough of the man who keeps them up at night! What makes King so interesting? How does he get his ideas? Just what makes him...tick? He is a mystery, indeed, but if there are answers, fans want to know them! And so a new book has been released not just "about" Stephen King, but told in a unique and interesting way. READING STEPHEN KING (released by Cemetery Dance Publications), is a book of essay's focused on various Stephen King topics by writers that  offer a “who’s who” of the greatest and very best in the business.

   The essays are written by well known authors who have written their own books about Stephen King. Contributors such as; Richard Chizmar (who co-wrote GWENDY'S BUTTON BOX with King earlier this year), Stewart O'Nan (who co-wrote FAITHFUL with King), Stephen Spignesi (known as the writer who has written more books about King than anyone else), the late Rocky Wood, Robin Furth (the Dark Tower expert, and co-author with King on The Dark Tower comics series), Bev Vincent (another Dark Tower expert and writer about King), and many more! It also has essay's by directors like Frank Darabont (SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, THE MIST, THE GREEN MILE), AND Mick Garris (THE SHINING, DESPERATION, SLEEPWALKERS, BAG OF BONES, SLEEPWALKERS, AND THE STAND).


   The essay's range from "old school King", artists of King books, a "101 Class" on King, hard to find works by King, guides, The Dark Tower, fans, God and Stephen King, book reviews, and much more! I enjoyed each one of these essays very much! As a die-hard fan myself, and creator of a Stephen King fan page on social media, I found this book to be very entertaining, interesting, heartwarming at times, very personally written, and found out a few fun facts that even I didn't know (and I know A LOT!). You can clearly see these writers and directors poured their heart, soul, and very personal thoughts and life into their contribution. If I had to pick my fav I'd have to go with director Mick Garris's heartwarming, but bittersweet, piece titled, THE ONE THAT GOT A WAY. This true life story of how he almost had the opportunity to direct a film version of THE TALISMAN. Unfortunately not all tales have happy endings and I was truly touched by this story and I thank him for sharing it with us here.

Bottom line: If you are a fan of Stephen King, and your library already contain his books, films, etc., here’s an opportunity to really understand more about the man and go deeper into discovering more about him. With this new book, READING STEPHEN KING, you can appreciate even more about his work.  I recommend you reading as many books about Stephen King as you can and this new release is one I highly suggest you start with. READING STEPHEN KING is a book all Stephen King fans should be proud to have on their shelf.

I give READING STEPHEN KING......5 out of 5 stars.

Tony Northrup

- Creator/writer of ATK - All Things King Facebook fan page, and contributor to Through the Black Hole webpage.

READING STEPHEN KING - Limited to 1,000 signed copies, to be published by Cemetery Dance Publications 2017 / 2018.

Pre-Order here at Stephen King Catalog!

This article was published on Thursday 30 November, 2017.
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