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Monday, September 26, 2011

Danse Macabre

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a history buff.  I love the history of just about anything that I don't already know.  "Just bring it on" is my motto.  So when I read this book a few weeks ago and it recommended Stephen King's Danse Macabre, of course I needed to pick it up.

What is particularly interesting about this book is it's original release date--30 years ago.  What this means is that King delved deep into history prior to 1981 in this book, and it was a deep history indeed.  I appreciate King's connection back to his own life and history, and I loved his insights on why we love horror.  My favorite chapters were when King was talking about his own life and love of horror.

I must also give a shout-out to all three of his introductions as well.  His intro from the first re-print was insightful and hindsightful, if you will.  It was eye-opening while still inviting.

King's most recent introduction I found to be the most interesting part of his book; I do think this was because it brought to light more recent horror films and novels.  I thank Mr. King for his film recommendation list at the end of this introduction, and I look forward to continuing to enjoy the horror genre more deeply with his insights.

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