By Sharon A. Russell
Essentially the most prolific and well known modern novelists, Stephen King has a loyal following of captivated readers. this is often the 1st serious paintings on King to check his most up-to-date novels, Dolores Claiborne, Insomnia, and Rose Madder, and to investigate the various threads of his fiction in a manner that's obtainable to teens and basic readers. it's designed to assist the reader comprehend the conscientiously prepared narrative constitution of his novels, the relation of his fiction to the horror and technology fiction genres and to one another, personality improvement, and stylistic and thematic issues that recur and evolve all through his paintings. Following a biographical bankruptcy that hyperlinks his existence to the advance of his fiction, Russell bargains an summary bankruptcy on all his novels. person chapters study 9 consultant novels: as well as the 3 pointed out above, Russell examines 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Stand, The darkish part, The darkish Tower III: The Waste Lands, and requisite issues. an entire bibliography of all Stephen King's paintings, serious resources, and an inventory of reports of the novels tested intensive whole the paintings. every one bankruptcy bargains with one novel and comprises sections on plot and narrative constitution, personality improvement, and thematic matters. whereas focusing on the weather of every novel, Russell additionally attracts comparisons to different novels in King's canon and issues out their developmental dating. She indicates how King makes use of horror, technology fiction, and suspense to discover human relationships, how he expands conventional methods to style via combining parts of a few of the genres in his fiction, and the way he has persisted to develop as an artist all through his profession. every one novel can also be tested from another severe strategy, which bargains the reader an extra standpoint from which to learn it. since it is the single critique of King to accommodate his contemporary novels and has been designed for teens and normal readers, this serious spouse may be a key buy for faculty and public libraries.
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We care more about what happens next than about who the characters are or where the story is set. But setting is often considered a part of the horror genre. If the genre has traditional monsters, it also has traditional settings. Only authors who want to challenge the tradition place events in bright, beautiful parks. We expect a connection between the setting and the events in this Page 18 genre. We are not surprised to find old houses, abandoned castles, damp cellars, or dark forests as important elements in the horror story.
Page xiv This page intentionally left blank. Page 1 1 The Life of Stephen King Stephen King’s life and work are examples of both traditional and modern views of the American Dream. The story of his early life resembles tales about children born in poverty who grow up to be president or head of a big company. Moving from city to city and being raised by a single parent are also hardships familiar to many contemporary Americans. In order to understand King’s achievements and his outlook on his work, we have to examine both sides of the American Dream as it works itself out in his life.
The family moved around the country for the next nine years, always remaining poor. They stayed with relatives, most often those on his mother’s side, in such cities as Malden, Massachusetts; Stratford, Connecticut; Chicago, Illinois; West De Pere, Wisconsin; and Fort Wayne, Indiana (Beahm, Stephen King Companion 16). The family finally returned to Durham, Maine, when his grandparents were in their eighties, and his mother was hired to take care of them (Danse 17). King describes his first real encounter with horror at the age of four.