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Discussion in 'Danse Macabre' started by ErikC, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. ErikC

    ErikC Member

    I was so excited to find this website. Im a huge fan of Stephen Kings work and own all but three of his most recently released books,

    I just finished reading Danse macabre and I have to say, as a writer I cant express how helpful this book is. If you are a writer who specializes in horror fiction you need to read this book. In Danse Macabre Stephen King explains the science behind his craft. He teaches you how to identify societies ever changing "phobic pressure points" which is the key to writing a story that will fascinate and terrify the reader.

    When I started my last book I remember asking myself "how can I hope to scare people when I live in a society where kids find enjoyment by going online to watch ISIS behead people?" Then I read Danse Macabre and my doubts faded away. The fact that Danse Macabre was written in 1981 doesn't matter because the principles it teaches still apply today. While we live in a world where people are becoming rapidly desensitized, its vital as a horror writer to understand the social psychology behind what scares us.

    Danse Macabre didn't receive a lot of fan fare because its not a Horror novel, which is what most people expect when they pick up a Stephen King book. Instead, reading it is like sitting down with Stephen King and having him take you under his wing.

    So if you are a writer and can Danse Macabre, pick it up.
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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Welcome to the Board! Now that you've been able to make your first post, I'll move this to the Danse Macabre thread. Unfortunately, the software for this message board requires that every first post go into the Newbies section.
  3. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Danse Macabre is one of my favorite books of Stephen's. More for the personal anecdotes that are heavy throughout. Welcome.
  4. ErikC

    ErikC Member

    Great! Thanks Dana! :)
  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    In this case it's Marsha, but you're welcome. =D
  6. ErikC

    ErikC Member

    Oh, well then. I would like to extend to you my most sincere appreciation. Thank you Marsha :)
  7. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    No problem. Jump into some of the other threads, too. We'd love to hear your thoughts on some of your other favorites of Steve's work.
  8. kingzeppelin

    kingzeppelin Member who probably should be COMMITTED!

  9. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    Welcome to the SKMB :grinning:

    This has got to be a re read for me. I was too young I could not pronounce the title of the book.

    I thought it had something to do with cro sheeing (sp) and dancing and hanging plants . :indecisiveness:

    Till I read it.
  10. doowopgirl

    doowopgirl very avid fan

    Welcome. Thats how I felt about Danse Macbre. Listening in while SK lets his mind run.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...or Dame Marsha....

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....Semper Fi...and Hoorah!.....
  13. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Will have to think about that one. :smile2:
  14. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

  15. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    images-147.jpeg and Thank-You Erik. It is on my to be read pile, but am excited to read it.
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  16. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

  17. Ragan

    Ragan Free-Zone Committee Reject

    It's a great book, actually the one I'm reading right now. I did find his insights on insanity amusing given the situation. It's the kind of book you hand to anyone who criticizes horror and science fiction.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...well, I figured that was better than Danasha or Marshna...:eyebrows:
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  19. Chuggs

    Chuggs Well-Known Member

    Hi and welcome to the board. I am starting this book now. So far so good.
  20. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    One of my very favorite books of all time.
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