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How did King and Straub write this?

Discussion in 'The Talisman' started by jackysawyer, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. jackysawyer

    jackysawyer Member

    As in, chapter for chapter? Sharing parts?

    Because this was one of my favorites, I always wanted to like Straub's stuff, and never did. How could I like this one SO much, and not like anything else of Straub's?
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  2. blunthead

    blunthead Well-Known Member

    I think the two of them have never shared how they did it, including which chapters (assuming they didn't share chapters) belong to whom.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    [​IMG] ...actually the toddler pictured here, wrote it all...and the big guys took all the credit....
  4. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    Good question. It's one of my favorite books that I don't currently own.

    I'm pretty sure I know who wrote what, but good writers can easily chameleonize.
  5. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

  6. jackysawyer

    jackysawyer Member

    Man- I don't see how two authors could do that!
  7. Van Blaricum

    Van Blaricum Deleted User

    It sounds not too unlike some ways in which teams of writers sit down to write a show together.

    I LOVE this book! It's great.
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  8. tee

    tee Member

    I tried reading the Talisman when I was a teenager, could not get into it. I will have to pick it back up and try again. I have heard others comment the same and were glad they give it another shot.
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  9. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    I adore The Talisman, beautiful story...
  10. staropeace

    staropeace Richard Bachman's love child

    Did you read Floating Dragon by Straub? This book is somewhat like the Talisman, IMO.
  11. tee

    tee Member

    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.
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  12. Aloysius Nell

    Aloysius Nell Well-Known Member

    I've read "The Heart of Darkness" by Conrad - is that the same? ;)
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  13. tee

    tee Member

    Hello, I did a little search by your post & it seems to not have anything to do w/king's writings. There are other Authors that have written this type of book as well but "The Art of Darkness" by Winter is the only one I have started to read so far. :)
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  14. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    "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
  15. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. Garraty77

    Garraty77 New Member

    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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  17. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Neither Straub nor King wrote it. Actually it was written by Francis Bacon, who plagiarized it from Shakespeare.
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