Danse Macabre
  Fan submitted reviews of Danse Macabre (Nonfiction Work):
Posted By: Cannonball - September 10th, 2012 11:24:44 pm EDT

This book was an intriguing read. To hear King's opinion on the Horror/Fantasy genre ( 1950-1980 ) including radio, television, films and literature is very interesting. King seems very critical of the T.V. format ( which I agree with ) because of it's limitations to show true horror. It makes me wonder why he let so many of his novels be adapted for television. I also agree with all the comments below that it would be cool to have a part two covering 1981 to the present. Anyway this was a good read.

Posted By: Lovrekovic - June 7th, 2012 8:13:33 am EDT

I had some reservations going into this book. I am a die hard fan of King, but not all that into non-fiction books. Not only was i hooked halfway through chapter 1, but i also started searching and reading books listed in his appendix. I hope one day he comes back to this and writes a sequel: horror genre from 1980 to present.

Posted By: Pafurkin - February 26th, 2012 7:20:45 am EST

I've bought ten copies of this book in paperback and given them out to friends of mine and my kids'. This is THE book to read about horror stuff to put on your MUST list!

Posted By: Heath - November 2nd, 2011 1:43:57 pm EDT

Greatest book on the subject there is. It reads like great literature and expounds on a much underdiscussed topic. I would love to see this updated for a 30th anniversary edition given Mr. King's great accomplishments in the last 30 years since it came out.

Posted By: Shawn J. Higgins - February 13th, 2011 6:00:00 pm EST

I've finished reading Danse Macabre for about the 80th time (no, really) and only now learned that a new edition has been published features opinions and lists of horror movies released since the book's original appearance in 1981. I've been eagerly awaiting such a volume for several years. Where can I find it? I'm responsible for a lot of content in the Wikipedia article on this book, and I'm eager to read new info. Any more info on where to find the new version is appreciated.

Posted By: K HjLL - February 23rd, 2010 2:54:02 pm EST
I would love to read this book I got to check it out. I just wrote an homeage to MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN and CONVOY
Posted By: Jess - April 30th, 2009 10:10:24 am EDT
I read a selection of this novel for an english assignment, and i believe it is one of the most easy to read and understand. I believe it shows that not only is King a fantastic writer of novels with a fun imagination, but it also shows he has a deep insight for the things he writes and why it is he writes them.
Posted By: Dave Hall - April 24th, 2009 3:29:08 pm EDT
I worked in a bookstore when it came out and the first hardback copy went home with me. Just finished rereading it. It is still one of the best and most readable works on the topic available. However, it is the mind of King almost 30 years ago. It would be great if Mr King would produce an updated version reflecting his perspective today.
Posted By: Christopher Oakley - February 20th, 2009 11:39:32 am EST
Good book. I wish he would write one covering the last twenty years now.
Posted By: Coqui - November 29th, 2008 11:55:39 pm EST
Hello, I am jorge cristaldo, of Argentina, am a faithful admirer of owner of the terror, simply I ask him(her) to lead to his(her,your) better work, The dance of death, to the screen of cinema, graces(thanks)...
Posted By: Jason - September 8th, 2008 3:34:12 pm EDT
Love this book. A primer on King's frame of mind back when he was writing his early horror,SF and fantasy books in the 70s and early 80s. And it's a great tool on how to write suspense. And it's all backed up by examples. Radio. TV. And Flicks. Suspension of disbelief keeps pointing to a tightly focused cinematic, sensory style. Get the audience to believe in the reality before the make believe happens. It's a skill Steve mastered in his friggin' 20's. Look again at books like Salem's Lot, The Shining, Night Shift and Pet Semetary. You're not in any writer's head. You're seeing it with your own damned eyes. It's that cinematic style of King's. He learned from clever guys like Arch Oboler and Roger Corman that creating fantasy with a tight budget was a good thing. Let the audience use its imagination. That's King's magic. Tapping into the audience's imagination, not his own. It works better than any special effects or computer graphic. So, those days are gone. Steve may not for that cinematic style he did back in the 70's and early 80's. There's a bit more telling than showing. Then again, I like his new stories. They're more original. Especially Duma Key and 'N.' He's still tapping into his audience's imagination. But now it's about what we imagine obsession, delusion and insanity might be like. That's scarier than any vampire.
Posted By: Jmh - September 2nd, 2008 11:25:17 am EDT
It's easy to see that not only does Stephen King have an undeniable gift for writing; he also has a deep love and appreciation for the history of his craft. He has earned his title as 'King of Horror fiction'; he has done his research (throughout his life) and sits down to the blank page with a treasure trove of knowledge and insight about the nuts and bolts, the here's and there's, of all things scary. Here, he pulls no punches, converses freely, and does what he does best-- tell the truth. I love this book. It's a great read, and proof that even a book about books (as well as film & TV, acourse) can be just as creepy, just as interesting, just as enchanting as any of Mr. King's fiction. An updated 2008 invitation to dance would be exciting, though Macabre still stands the test of time.
Posted By: Vizzor - August 23rd, 2008 7:22:49 pm EDT
I am a big horror fan and filmaker student from Buenos Aires, Argentine. I could not get this book anywhere but I recently had the chance to buy it (had to go with a spanish edition) I still cannot believe how lucky i was ( may be it was Ka... ) Im at the middle of the book and its breathtaking! Just wanted to say THANKS, and hope he gets a 2nd volume out!
Posted By: Gina - July 29th, 2008 8:29:21 pm EDT
I wish Mr King would write a volume 2 or update of Danse Macabre. I use the book all the time to find new things to read .


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