Today: July 9, 2024
WILMINGTON - FEBRUARY 10: "Heads Will Roll" Barbie's fate lies in Big Jim's hands, and the Dome presents a new threat when it becomes magnetized. Meanwhile, Julia seeks out the help of a stranger to save the life of a mysterious girl who may hold clues to origin of the Dome, on the second season premiere of UNDER THE DOME, Monday, June 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode was written by bestselling author and executive producer Stephen King, who also makes a cameo appearance, and was filmed on location in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Brownie Harris/CBS via Getty Images)

New Book Celebrates Stephen King

Stephen King has been thrilling readers and cinema-goers with his New England brand of chills and thrills since Carrie was published in 1973. The rest, as they say, is history.

This year marks King’s 75th birthday and Bev Vincent’s latest book, Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences takes fans on an in-depth look at exactly what it is that makes the King of Horror tick.

Vincent previously wrote the Bram Stoker Award–nominated companion to Stephen King’s Dark Tower series (The Road to the Dark Tower) and the 2010 Edgar Award nominee, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion. So fans can be reassured that they’re in safe hands. Vincent knows his material and delivers the sort of depth and detail that many ‘behind the scenes’ books promise, but rarely deliver. The tone is conversational, but never chatty, fun, but never frivolous. Extensive notes reward the dedicated aficionado with plenty of extra goodies, while never overwhelming the casual reader.

Stephen King features 240 pages of archival photos and documents from King’s personal collection alongside the stories of how his novels, novellas, short stories, and adaptations came to be. Explore the evolution and influences of Stephen King’s body of work over his nearly 50-year career, and discover how the themes of his writing reflect the changing times and events within his life.

Bangor, Maine, ME. Image shot 2001.

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 cemetery” after it was killed on a busy roadway. But King’s magic comes from his ability to draw on personal experience and mundane life events and then twist them into something horrific. 

Stephen King’s work has been turned into TV miniseries and blockbuster movies, like The Shining and It, but it’s the history of the writer’s struggles and triumphs, his lesser-known stories and collaborations that thrill, and Vincent uncovers these and much much more. Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences is a triumph. The perfect addition to any Stephen King fan’s collection.

Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences is published in hardback, on 18th October by becker&mayer! books, ISBN 0760376816.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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