When the original volumes of the Concordance were released, in conjunction with the final three books of the Dark Tower sequence, they indeed proved interesting and readable and perhaps necessary.
04/09/2013 - 5:00pm
'The Dark Tower Companion: A Guide to Stephen King’s Epic Fantasy': Deftly Explores Every Aspect of 'Dark Tower'
03/20/2013 - 9:23am
Companion books are interesting creatures. Part reference book, part resource guide, part overview of an important work or corpus of works, a companion book has to function as both an incisive look at the work in question and be accessible enough for new readers and the merely curious
02/21/2013 - 5:00pm
The real-life stories I dug up about EC and the anti-horror comics hysteria were nearly as fascinating as the comics themselves.
01/29/2013 - 5:00pm
Stephen King has never shied away from politics.
01/07/2013 - 5:00pm
What fun it must have been to be a Stephen King fan in the 1980s! Stephen King was releasing new material at an exponential rate (twenty-two books between 1980 and 1989, most of which were bestsellers), King films were coming out left and right, the man appeared on the cover of Time in 1986, and an explosion of criticism centered around this relatively new author erupted.
01/02/2013 - 2:00pm
Before 1967, Stephen King was not a professional author. Certainly he was a writer; according to his memoir On Writing, King had been writing since 1953, when he was six.
11/27/2012 - 6:00pm
Jack Ketchum has long made a name for himself by delving into the darkest regions of human sexuality. His first novel, 1980’s Off Season, was so horrifically visceral that its publisher, Ballantine, opted against a second printing.
10/30/2012 - 12:30pm
Brian James Freeman’s fascinating novella, The Painted Darkness, is one of those rare gems you sometimes find in fiction that manage to effortlessly capture the strangeness of being young.
10/29/2012 - 6:30pm
You can group the books about Stephen King into three basic categories. You’ve got the heavy hitters, the ones that look at King from a literary perspective (often these can feel impenetrable, but for the scholarly yet accessible work of people like Michael R. Collings).
09/17/2012 - 5:00pm
Bram Stoker Award nominee (Best First Novel, 'Less Than Human') Gary Raisor's fascinating new graphic novella, Empty Places, finds much to plumb from that single sentence. Narrated from the point of view of an unnamed homeless man, the trenchant themes of home and the journey to find it are all that more resonant.