Take an intimate tour through the life and works of Stephen King, made vivid with rare photos and ephemera from King's personal collection. Even if you are a die-hard fan, you will find something new
in this beautifully packaged Stephen King reference that you will return to again and again. Timed to celebrate Stephen King's 75th birthday on September 21, 2022, Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences
reveals the inspiration behind the prolific author's brilliant works of horror
through a combination of photos and documents from King's archives and an engaging account of the stories behind how his novels, novellas, short stories, and adaptations came to be.
It might sound like a tall tale that Stephen King once met a bartender named Grady in an empty hotel in Colorado, or that the celebrated author helped his young daughter bury her cat in a nearby "pets sematary" after it was killed on a busy roadway. In this book, discover how King drew on these and more real personal experiences and mundane life events
, then employed his extraordinary imagination to twist them into something horrific
From impoverished university student to struggling schoolteacher to one of the best-selling--and most recognizable--authors of all time, this engrossing book reveals the evolution and influences of Stephen King's body of work over his nearly 50-year career
, and how the themes of his writing reflect the changing times and events within his life.
An expansion of Stephen King expert Bev Vincent's The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
, this fully revised, redesigned, and updated book includes:
Celebrate the beloved King of Horror
A review of King's complete body of work, including Fairy Tale, published in September 2022.
A wealth of rare memorabilia from King's own collection, including personal and professional correspondences, handwritten manuscript pages, book covers, movie stills, and never-before-seen excerpts from one of his poems and an unpublished short story.
Interludes on specific topics such as real-life settings that inspired King's writing, the editor who discovered him, his life as a Boston Red Sox fan, and the many awards and honors he has received.
Insightful quotes from King from interviews over the decades.
with this informational and entertaining look inside King's most iconic titles and the culture they have created.
About the Author
Bev Vincent is the author of Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences; The Dark Tower Companion; The Road to the Dark Tower, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated companion to Stephen King's Dark Tower series; and The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, which was nominated for a 2010 Edgar(R) Award and a 2009 Bram Stoker Award. In 2018, he co-edited the anthology Flight or Fright with Stephen King.His short fiction has appeared in places such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Borderlands 5, Ice Cold, and The Blue Religion. He has been a contributing editor with Cemetery Dance magazine since 2001 and is a former member of the Storytellers Unplugged blogging community. He also writes book reviews for Onyx Reviews and has served as a judge for the Al Blanchard, Shirley Jackson and Edgar Awards.