Pet Sematary Book
Score: 4
From 2,838 Ratings

Pet Sematary


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501156700

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Pet Sematary Excerpt :

A family moves into a beautiful old home in rural Maine, not realizing the horror that awaits them from the pet cemetery and Indian burial ground behind the house.

Pet Sematary Book
Score: 4
From 2,839 Ratings

Pet Sematary


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-05-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476794341

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Pet Sematary Excerpt :

Now a major motion picture! Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestseller is a “wild, powerful, disturbing” (The Washington Post Book World) classic about evil that exists far beyond the grave—among King’s most iconic and frightening novels. When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Despite Ludlow’s tranquility, an undercurrent of danger exists here. Those trucks on the road outside the Creed’s beautiful old home travel by just a little too quickly, for one thing…as is evidenced by the makeshift graveyard in the nearby woods where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. Then there are the warnings to Louis both real and from the depths of his nightmares that he should not venture beyond the borders of this little graveyard where another burial ground lures with seductive promises and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there—one more terrifying than death itself, and hideously more powerful. As Louis is about to discover for himself sometimes, dead is better…

Pet Sematary Book
Score: 4
From 2,943 Ratings

Pet Sematary


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-02
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 395
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743412285

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Pet Sematary Excerpt :

When a little boy's pet dies, and he persuades his parents to bury it in an old Indian cemetary, reputed by legend to house restless spirits, a nightmare of death and destruction begins as deceased animals come back to life, in a new edition of the best-selling novel, featuring an introduction by the author. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Sleeping Beauties Book
Score: 3.5
From 44 Ratings

Sleeping Beauties


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-09-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 720
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501163425

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Sleeping Beauties Excerpt :

In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men? In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent. And while they sleep they go to another place, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanted to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a woman’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

Scaring Us to Death Book

Scaring Us to Death


  • Author : Michael R. Collings
  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9780930261375

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Scaring Us to Death Excerpt :

In this revised and expanded edition of "The Stephen King Phenomenon," Dr. Michael R. Collings re-examines the impact of Stephen King on popular culture.

Stephen King and Philosophy Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Stephen King and Philosophy


  • Author : Jacob M. Held
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2016-08-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442269767

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Stephen King and Philosophy Excerpt :

Haunting us with such unforgettable stories as The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Salem’s Lot, Carrie, The Green Mile, and Pet Sematary, Stephen King has been an anchor of American horror, science fiction, psychological thrillers, and suspense for more than forty years. His characters have brought chills to our spines and challenged our notions of reality while leaving us in awe of the perseverance of the human spirit. The first book in the new Great Authors and Philosophy series, Stephen King and Philosophy reveals some of the deeper issues raised by King’s work. From retribution, freedom, and moral relativity, to death and insanity, the chapters of this book expose how King’s stories access the questions and fears that haunt each of us in the middle of the night.

Stephen King Book

Stephen King


  • Author : Joseph Reino
  • Publisher : Twayne Publishers
  • Release Date : 1988
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015014143617

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Stephen King Excerpt :

Provides a critical look at King's earlier works

Stephen King Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

Stephen King


  • Author : Harold Bloom
  • Publisher : Infobase Publishing
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Horror tales, American
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438113487

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Stephen King Excerpt :

Though often disparaged by literary critics, Stephen King's work has influenced a generation of horror and science fiction writers. Acting as a study guide, this book features the important critical interpretations of the horror master's work.

America s Dark Theologian Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

America s Dark Theologian


  • Author : Douglas E. Cowan
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-12
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781479894734

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America s Dark Theologian Excerpt :

Illuminating the religious and existential themes in Stephen King’s horror stories Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we go when we die? For answers to these questions, people often look to religion. But religion is not the only place seekers turn. Myths, legends, and other stories have given us alternative ways to address the fundamental quandaries of existence. Horror stories, in particular, with their focus on questions of violence and mortality, speak urgently to the primal fears embedded in such existential mysteries. With more than fifty novels to his name, and hundreds of millions of copies sold, few writers have spent more time contemplating those fears than Stephen King. Yet despite being one of the most widely read authors of all time, King is woefully understudied. America’s Dark Theologian is the first in-depth investigation into how King treats religion in his horror fiction. Considering works such as Carrie, The Dead Zone, Misery, The Shining, and many more, Douglas Cowan explores the religious imagery, themes, characters, and, most importantly, questions that haunt Stephen King’s horror stories. Religion and its trappings are found throughout King’s fiction, but what Cowan reveals is a writer skeptical of the certainty of religious belief. Describing himself as a “fallen away” Methodist, King is less concerned with providing answers to our questions, than constantly challenging both those who claim to have answers and the answers they proclaim. Whether he is pondering the existence of other worlds, exploring the origins of religious belief and how it is passed on, probing the nature of the religious experience, or contemplating the existence of God, King invites us to question everything we think we know.

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King Book

Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King


  • Author : Debbie Olson
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Release Date : 2020-10-06
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781793600134

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Children and Childhood in the Works of Stephen King Excerpt :

This unique and timely collection examines childhood and the child character throughout Stephen King’s works, from his early novels and short stories, through film adaptations, to his most recent publications. King’s use of child characters within the framework of horror (or of horrific childhood) raises questions about adult expectations of children, childhood, the American family, child agency, and the nature of fear and terror for (or by) children. The ways in which King presents, complicates, challenges, or terrorizes children and notions of childhood provide a unique lens through which to examine American culture, including both adult and social anxieties about children and childhood across the decades of King’s works.

The Beauty of Darkness Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

The Beauty of Darkness


  • Author : Mary E. Pearson
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
  • Release Date : 2016-08-02
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781627796521

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The Beauty of Darkness Excerpt :

The third and final book in the New York Times-bestselling Remnant Chronicles. Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it. With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down. In this heart-stopping conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy that started with The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance. New York Times-bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance, and action makes this a riveting YA page-turner for teens. Read all of The Remnant Chronicles: The Kiss of Deception The Heart of Betrayal The Beauty of Darkness Praise for The Remnant Chronicles: A New York Times Bestselling Series “Readers will be gripping pages from the nerve-wracking start through the heart-stopping ending. . . . Pearson's Remnant Chronicles is an epic YA series to get behind.” —Romantic Times on The Beauty of Darkness “Fantastical.” —USA Today for The Kiss of Deception “A sumptuous fantasy.” —Chicago Tribune for The Kiss of Deception “In The Kiss of Deception, a new realm is masterfully created, featuring court intrigue, feuding nations, breathtaking landscapes, and the gift of sight. Fans of the Game of Thrones series will enjoy the magic and fantasy in this timeless dystopian world.” —VOYA for The Kiss of Deception

Looking Awry Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Looking Awry


  • Author : Slavoj Zizek
  • Publisher : MIT Press
  • Release Date : 1992-09-08
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 026274015X

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Looking Awry Excerpt :

Slavoj Žižek, a leading intellectual in the new social movements that are sweeping Eastern Europe, provides a virtuoso reading of Jacques Lacan. Žižek inverts current pedagogical strategies to explain the difficult philosophical underpinnings of the French theoretician and practician who revolutionized our view of psychoanalysis. He approaches Lacan through the motifs and works of contemporary popular culture, from Hitchcock's Vertigo to Stephen King's Pet Sematary, from McCullough's An Indecent Obsession to Romero's Return of the Living Dead—a strategy of "looking awry" that recalls the exhilarating and vital experience of Lacan. Žižek discovers fundamental Lacanian categories the triad Imaginary/Symbolic/Real, the object small a, the opposition of drive and desire, the split subject—at work in horror fiction, in detective thrillers, in romances, in the mass media's perception of ecological crisis, and, above all, in Alfred Hitchcock's films. The playfulness of Žižek's text, however, is entirely different from that associated with the deconstructive approach made famous by Derrida. By clarifying what Lacan is saying as well as what he is not saying, Žižek is uniquely able to distinguish Lacan from the poststructuralists who so often claim him.

Dissecting Stephen King Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Dissecting Stephen King


  • Author : Heidi Strengell
  • Publisher : Popular Press
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 308
  • ISBN 10 : 0299209741

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Dissecting Stephen King Excerpt :

In a thoughtful, well-informed study exploring fiction from throughout Stephen King's immense oeuvre, Heidi Strengell shows how this popular writer enriches his unique brand of horror by building on the traditions of his literary heritage. Tapping into the wellsprings of the gothic to reveal contemporary phobias, King invokes the abnormal and repressed sexuality of the vampire, the hubris of Frankenstein, the split identity of the werewolf, the domestic melodrama of the ghost tale. Drawing on myths and fairy tales, he creates characters who, like the heroic Roland the Gunslinger and the villainous Randall Flagg, may either reinforce or subvert the reader's childlike faith in society. And in the manner of the naturalist tradition, he reinforces a tension between the free will of the individual and the daunting hand of fate. Ultimately, Strengell shows how King shatters our illusions of safety and control: "King places his decent and basically good characters at the mercy of indifferent forces, survival depending on their moral strength and the responsibility they may take for their fellow men."

The Mist Book
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings

The Mist


  • Author : Stephen King
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-05-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501176241

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The Mist Excerpt :

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King’s terrifying novella about a town engulfed in a dense, mysterious mist as humanity makes its last stand against unholy destruction—originally published in the acclaimed short story collection Skeleton Crew and made into a TV series, as well as a feature film starring Thomas Jane and Marcia Gay Harden. In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends...David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. As the confinement takes its toll on their nerves, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God’s vengeance for their sins. She insists a sacrifice must be made and two groups—those for and those against—are aligned. Clearly, staying in the store may prove fatal, and the Draytons, along with store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller, attempt to make their escape. But what’s out there may be worse than what they left behind. This exhilarating novella explores the horror in both the enemy you know—and the one you can only imagine.

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg


  • Author : Marky Ramone
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-01-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451687798

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Punk Rock Blitzkrieg Excerpt :

The “entertaining and enlightening” (Stephen King) final word on the genius and mischief of the Ramones, told by the man who created the beat behind their iconic music and lived to tell about it. When punk rock reared its spiky head in the early seventies, Marc Bell had the best seat in the house. Already a young veteran of the prototype American metal band Dust, Bell took residence in artistic, seedy Lower Manhattan, where he played drums in bands that would shape rock music for decades to come, including Wayne County, who pioneered transsexual rock, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids, who directly inspired the entire early British punk scene. If punk had royalty, in 1978 Marc became part of it when he was knighted “Marky Ramone” by Johnny, Joey, and Dee Dee of the iconoclastic Ramones. The band of tough misfits were a natural fit for Marky, who dressed punk before there was punk, and who brought his “blitzkrieg” style of drumming as well as the studio and stage experience the band needed to solidify its lineup. Together, they changed the world. But Marky Ramone changed, too. The epic wear and tear of a dysfunctional group (and the Ramones were a step beyond dysfunction) endlessly crisscrossing the country and the world in an Econoline—practically a psychiatric ward on wheels—drove Marky from partying to alcoholism. When his life started to look more out of control then Dee Dee’s, he knew he had a problem. Marky left music in the mid-eighties to enter recovery and eventually returned to help the Ramones finally receive their due as one of the greatest and most influential bands of all time. Covering in unflinching detail the cult film Rock ’N’ Roll High School to “I Wanna Be Sedated” to Marky’s own struggles, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg is an authentic and always honest look at the people who reinvented rock music, and not a moment too soon.