How did King and Straub write this?

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Jun 24, 2014
Good Morning fellow SK fans, for those that have not read " The Art Of Darkness" by Douglas E. Winter, I have been reading the 1986 publication (not quite finished) and would like to find a more up to date issue containing later works. Stephen King gives insight on how he came up with ideas for some of his later works. Cujo, The Shining, Pet Sematary, just to name a few. Also tells a little about the process of working with Peter Straub on writing The Talisman.


Ms. Mod
Jul 10, 2006
"The Art of Darkness" is a non-fiction book which discusses many of Stephen's early works. I'd love it if it was updated and asked Doug Winter several years ago if he'd ever consider writing a new version because it's been such a great reference but he didn't think it was something he would like to attempt

Bev Vincent

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Apr 11, 2006
It's a terrific book -- I still refer back to it when working on my SK Revisited essays. He was able to interview King in depth, so it has a lot of very interesting information from the era. Also of interest is the fact that it was published before the Bachman pseudonym was revealed, but he comments in a footnote that The Long Walk (I think -- it might have been The Running Man) owed a debt to King.


New Member
Feb 6, 2017
It's fun trying to point out which parts were Straub and which were The King's. Assuming that's how they wrote it, of course. Not having read a lot of the former, I'm still able (at least I think!) to tell when The King is writing. He uses a lot of his original techniques in this novel. For example: Someone will be thinking of something, (in this case, Jack) and in the middle of their thought, a certain phrase will pop up randomly (In once particular case, "I'm six! Jacky's six!"). Or, a quote that someone else had said randomly pops into their (Jack's) mind. That's classic King.
I'm looking forward to reading more Straub. I was VERY impressed with "If You Could See Me Know". If you haven't read it yet, do so!
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