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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781441831095
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The author whose boundless imagination and storytelling powers have redefined the horror genre, from 1974’s Carrie to his epic Under the Dome, reflects on the very nature of terror—what scares us and why—in films (both cheesy and choice), television and radio, and, of course, the horror novel, past and present.

Informal, engaging, tremendous fun, and tremendously informative, Danse Macabre is an essential tour with the master of horror as your guide; much like his spellbinding works of fiction, you won’t be able to put it down.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 2/17/2014

    " I read this a long time ago and it remains the best Stephen King book I've read,.. And it's non fiction. Go figure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clint | 2/11/2014

    " This book is a little dated, well, really dated, but here Stephen King just writes with insight and apparent glee about what he loves and does best. Too bad he apparently was castrated somewhere around 1991 and never wrote another great book after that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin Stahl | 2/8/2014

    " Love him or hate him, everyone has to admit that Stephen King knows his shit. This book is basically just him rambling on about his own favorites in the extensive and ever varying horror spectrum. I tend to disagree with some of the things he says - he disses Blatty (The Exorcist) for crying out loud!! - but all the same, he proves here that his opinion on what makes good horror is definitely one that you must read if you are either keen on writing your own horror novel, or if you just like to read scary stuff - or both of course. He gives a fascinating insight, writing it out in a way that is totally enjoyable and addictive and funny. It's not a fictional story this time, but don't let that trick you into thinking you won't be mesmerized by it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake Dean | 1/30/2014

    " Very enjoyable- dated, but a good summation of the genre and as King proposes, a good starting point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenya | 1/16/2014

    " ~*~This was a great book for being a non-fiction book! I really thought that it was going to be dumb because of the non-fiction part of the whole thing, but IT WAS GREAT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Brady | 1/6/2014

    " It was interesting to read about but it took awhile to finish as it felt a chore at times to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 J.M. | 1/4/2014

    " A good overview of horror as a genre and what influences authors who write it. I found it a bit slow going, but what really carried the book for me was King's distinctive voice. I love reading nonfiction by him because it feels as though he's sitting next to you on the porch and just shooting the shit. Very interesting reading for budding horror authors as well as fans of the genre in general, and of King in particular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe Johnston | 1/3/2014

    " Terrific nonfiction overview of the horror genre in print and film. (Current as of its printing--pretty dated now, I'd guess.) Still, an excellent intro into not only Stephen King's very fine mind but the various motifs and subgenres within the Horror genre. A fun, informative read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rae | 12/2/2013

    " An unusual and extremely entertaining "history" of the horror business, including literature, movies, television and comic books. Great fun! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 11/27/2013

    " I learned a good deal about pop culture horror from this. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina R | 10/1/2013

    " I was way too young to enjoy this book when I bought it. I just like the word macabre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Dow | 9/30/2013

    " An interesting discourse, but needs updating "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ari | 9/24/2013

    " EXCELLENT!! A perfect study of the horror genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luke | 9/21/2013

    " It's cool! If Stephen King read the audio version on Cd it would've been a classroom for somebody who wanted to know the history and the evolution of horror/suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronny | 9/10/2013

    " Stephen King writes about horror, in the process analyzing what scares us & why and sharing some of his favorite horror tidbits. This is probably my favorite King book; not only does he know his stuff, but his affection for the subject shines through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isadora Wagner | 8/27/2013

    " A great, fun romp through the horror genre with one of its greatest fans, if not practitioners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Comedian999 | 6/2/2013

    " I learned about more good authors (Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and several others) from this book than I did from high school English. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Vedder | 4/6/2013

    " IT told me what I needed to know "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 11/26/2012

    " Fan of the horror genre? Read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jp992751 | 1/20/2012

    " A fun non-fiction book that was just to dated to really give it a higher rating. I WISH that King would go back and update the book to include at least the 80s and 90s. Still if you are looking for a book on horror during the 50s-70s you couldn't do any better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggiemay (Eugenia) | 11/21/2011

    " The best SK book ever!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garrett Riley | 7/20/2011

    " One of the few books that I had yet to read by SK. One of his two non fiction books, this was a great exploration of horror in books and film "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Comedian999 | 5/18/2011

    " I learned about more good authors (Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson and several others) from this book than I did from high school English. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 5/2/2011

    " Very enjoyable- dated, but a good summation of the genre and as King proposes, a good starting point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan | 4/5/2011

    " Liked it. It's a nonfiction account of horror and writing, based on Stephen King's experience teaching a class on the subject matter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 3/11/2011

    " I mostly re-read it for the chapter on what inspired him to write The Stand, but the whole thing is an interesting treatise on horror in books and films. Was fun to read his 2010 updated opening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelica | 1/27/2011

    " It was just as perfect for me as "On writing". I felt the same way while reading it: like I was having nice long evening conversations with Stephen King at a fireplace.
    This is really worth reading for those who like horrors, thrillers etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 1/24/2011

    " IT told me what I needed to know "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/9/2011

    " One of my favorite King books. It's a joy to read for any fantasy/horror fan and reveals just how deeply read and intelligent Stephen really is. Between this and "On Writing," I really wish he'd write and publish more essays and non-fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " interesting but dated essay on horror "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.