Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror

Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror

From the Publisher: This book takes a critical look at Stephen King's most iconic works and reads between the lines to uncover the personal influences and demons as reflected in each monster, epidemic, and depraved character. Unseen family photographs and 16 pieces of previously unpublished ephemera - such as handwritten manuscript notes, typed early drafts, lengthy journa...

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Title:Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror
Author:Bev Vincent
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Stephen King Illustrated Companion Manuscripts, Correspondence, Drawings, and Memorabilia from the Master of Modern Horror Reviews

  • Becky

    Knowing my love for King, you might be surprised to learn that I just found out about the existence of this book today. Despite the fact that I am a devoted King fan, and a member of the Stephen King Fan group here on GR, in which there was a thread about this book open since last October, I somehow managed to miss it.

    But that was kind of fortuitous, as events worked out in such a way as for me to get this book 1/2 price. But even if I hadn't, it would still have been worth every penny.

    This is

    Knowing my love for King, you might be surprised to learn that I just found out about the existence of this book today. Despite the fact that I am a devoted King fan, and a member of the Stephen King Fan group here on GR, in which there was a thread about this book open since last October, I somehow managed to miss it.

    But that was kind of fortuitous, as events worked out in such a way as for me to get this book 1/2 price. But even if I hadn't, it would still have been worth every penny.

    This is an absolute MUST-HAVE for every King lover. Inside is a plethora of tidbits and relics of King's life and career. Everything from reproductions of sections of the newspaper he and his brother put out as kids, to reproductions of rough drafts of work, sketches, etc.

    Bev Vincent provides not only a readable and interesting narrative, but also contributes a lot of insight into King's work that I'd never thought of before. It makes me want to go back and read these books with a new eye. (So I think I will! :D)

    A lot of the information in this book regarding King's life is general knowledge or pulled from the pages of Danse Macabre (which I haven't read yet, but will squeeze in as soon as it lands on my doorstep), On Writing, which I've just read, and quotes from interviews and the like. Most of the major facets of King's life are touched on. His childhood, his early writing career, his inspiration and ideas, The Rock Bottom Remainders, his radio station, his accident (with some touches on "old" King vs "post-accident" King), his relationship with his wife, his philanthropy, his innovation in publishing, and the possibilities the future may hold. Just about everything but the kitchen sink. But I'd have read about that too if they put it in. :)

    Contained within these pages is a quote which I think sums up most of what I love about King:

    This quote is in the section dedicated to The Shining, but it's true of all of his work, in my opinion. I love the way that King brings his characters to life. They are more than just words on a page, they could be real people, some that I would love to know, others that I'd avoid like the plague, but real nonetheless.

    I'm proud to call Stephen King my favorite author. He deserves it. Not only is he able to write characters that make me physically miss them after a while, but he is accessible, and real and good-hearted himself. And yet, literary snobs like Harold Bloom seem to think that he is the "death of the Literary Reader". Pfft. This is twice that old Harold has offended me (three times if you count that he cannot even spell "Tolkien", yet claims to be a fan...). Somebody needs to slap old Harold. He's an idiot. King's response is to say

    Bravo. How true. Prejudiced is the perfect word to describe Harold Bloom in my opinion.

    Anyway, enough ranting about Harold. (Although I now wonder if overweight, pimply and pompous poet-wannabe Harold Lauder was modeled after old Harold Bloom? Hmm. The answer does not lie within this book, but if I ever meet King, I'll be sure to ask.) Really, now, enough of the snobs.

    As I mentioned before, this is a must have for any King fan. Surely the Harold quote is enough to justify the purchase, but really, these 176 pages are jam-packed with memorabilia that shows us (if we didn't know already) that King is a person, and a GOOD one, not just a FAMOUS or a RICH person.

    He's active in his community, has several charities, and gives back whenever he can, most recently by purchasing bus tickets so that a good-sized chunk of soldiers home from Afghanistan (I think- may have to check which war they were home from) could visit their families for the holidays.

    So, yes, he deserves to be my favorite author, and he's got a spot on my 'favorite person' list too. :)

  • Kandice

    The text in this book didn't hold a lot of surprises, especially if you're a

    fan like me, but the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Throw in the eight glassine envelopes that hold copies of manuscripts, sketches, letters, news articles and pages in King's handwriting and you have a virtual gold mine of memorabilia.

    I have three other books "about" King,

    ,

    The text in this book didn't hold a lot of surprises, especially if you're a

    fan like me, but the pictures alone are worth the price of the book. Throw in the eight glassine envelopes that hold copies of manuscripts, sketches, letters, news articles and pages in King's handwriting and you have a virtual gold mine of memorabilia.

    I have three other books "about" King,

    ,

    and

    , not to mention

    and

    which are non-fiction and written by King himself and give you plenty of personal insight. It's safe to say I know a lot about the guy. All the little "extras" I could remove, touch and feel were what made me love this book more than the others.

    This is a "must have" for any true King

    fan.

  • Jennifer Daniel

    Wonderful! Tons of photos of the master of horror & every few pages a bonus surprise, like a facsimle of his highschool newspaper that he wrote for. I discovered many new bits of trivia and the story behind the story on many of his most known works. SK always has been and always be my favorite!

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL!

    I put this book on my paperbackswap.com wish list years ago. It was pretty pricey at the time and it's been sitting there. Until a couple of weeks ago and my number was up. I have been itching to get this book in my greedy little hands.

    It was worth the wait.

    It's full of tidbits from King. From ideas of where his stories originated. (The house that was in his mind with Salem's lot)

    (I took thi

    HOLY CRAP THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL!

    I put this book on my paperbackswap.com wish list years ago. It was pretty pricey at the time and it's been sitting there. Until a couple of weeks ago and my number was up. I have been itching to get this book in my greedy little hands.

    It was worth the wait.

    It's full of tidbits from King. From ideas of where his stories originated. (The house that was in his mind with Salem's lot)

    (I took this pic with my phone so excuse if it's crappy)

    Then it has these little envelopes scattered throughout it that contain goodies.

    Then there is of course, photos of King.

    Check out

    while I go and drool over this sucker.

  • Chris

    My son gave me this for Christmas ... it is awesome !

  • Christina

    It's like stuff you could collect out of Stephen King's garbage and recycling if the restraining order didn't keep you at least 300 yards away!

    :)

    It's a cliche, sure, but if you're a dorky stalker-fan such as myself (I mean, I've actually hung out in front of his Bangor home hoping for a glimpse of even a shadow on the curtain), you shouldn't be without this fascinating peek into sections of his life you've probably never seen.

    Fun, fun, fun -- the paper artist in me just

    It's like stuff you could collect out of Stephen King's garbage and recycling if the restraining order didn't keep you at least 300 yards away!

    :)

    It's a cliche, sure, but if you're a dorky stalker-fan such as myself (I mean, I've actually hung out in front of his Bangor home hoping for a glimpse of even a shadow on the curtain), you shouldn't be without this fascinating peek into sections of his life you've probably never seen.

    Fun, fun, fun -- the paper artist in me just ate up the envelopes full of reproductions of things like his first comic book, a story in his high school newspaper and so on, manuscript portions with a copy editor's suggested corrections -- all great stuff. (My only complaint here is why did they HAVE to print "REPRODUCTION" on everything? I suppose it has to do with legal stuff. Oh well.)

    And one other thing -- I would like to thank the person responsible for the design of the envelopes that hold the reproduction ephemera. Instead of seals that have to be broken, making you wince as you wonder if you're destroying some masterwork, there's an easily moved piece of folded-over cardstock holding the envelope flap together.

    I want more, please! SK has published -- what are we up to? 60? 70? -- works, and this only covers a fraction of them.

    I would like to thank GroupOn, whose $20 worth of Barnes & Noble for $10 offer (which I bought BEFORE the Super Bowl ad), led me to this marvelous piece!!

  • Jack

    For Stephen King fans and non-fans alike, a deeper look into the author and his life.

    With a couple of exceptions, each chapter focuses on one of King's bestselling novels:

    ~The Shining

    ~The Stand

    ~The Dead Zone

    ~Pet Sematary

    ~It

    ~Misery

    ~The Green Mile

    ~Bag of Bones

    ~The Dark Tower series

    ~Lisey's Story

    Also included are stories about other events that were going on at the times when these books were written and released. I

    For Stephen King fans and non-fans alike, a deeper look into the author and his life.

    With a couple of exceptions, each chapter focuses on one of King's bestselling novels:

    ~The Shining

    ~The Stand

    ~The Dead Zone

    ~Pet Sematary

    ~It

    ~Misery

    ~The Green Mile

    ~Bag of Bones

    ~The Dark Tower series

    ~Lisey's Story

    Also included are stories about other events that were going on at the times when these books were written and released. Insights are revealed concerning inspirations for the stories.

    Several chapters include copies of memorabilia such as manuscripts excerpts, correspondences, illustrations, and articles by and/or concerning King and others around him.

    Packed with color photographs and intriguing sidebars, this biographical work is sure to keep your interest , or spark what was not there before.

    It certainly sparked my curiosity into several littler-known books, novellas, and short stories that I had never heard of before.

    This is one of the rare books associated with Stephen King that you actually can read in the dark with a flashlight if you are so inclined!

  • Lew

    I'm not a super-fan but I have read more books by Stephen King than any other author. I read The Shining back in 1978 and have stayed a avid reader since then. This is a great book covering most of King's more popular books. There is a treasure trove of Stephen King photos for the die-hard/stalker fans (I'm not). I'm not fan such that I followed King's personal life so I found a lot interesting facts about him here. I won't recommended it for casual fans as the author does discuss how some books

    I'm not a super-fan but I have read more books by Stephen King than any other author. I read The Shining back in 1978 and have stayed a avid reader since then. This is a great book covering most of King's more popular books. There is a treasure trove of Stephen King photos for the die-hard/stalker fans (I'm not). I'm not fan such that I followed King's personal life so I found a lot interesting facts about him here. I won't recommended it for casual fans as the author does discuss how some books end. The die-hard fans may find nothing new but should like all the photos of King and other memorabilia related to his books and TV/movie adaptions.

  • Tobin Elliott

    My only complaint...and it's a minor one, because Bev Vincent definitely did his homework here, is that I would have enjoyed an even deeper dive into the books. Why did King choose the characters he did? Why did he take the story in that particular direction? That sort of thing. But that's the writer in me asking for that stuff. All in all, an enjoyable read and an informative look into the mind of Stephen King.

  • Lorena Drapeau

    I've owned this book for years and never picked it up. I enjoyed the photos and tid bits that I didn't know about him. Well worth the time for any king lover. It is something you can just read one page of and then come back to it later.

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