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Excerpt: Danse Macabre (1981) is a non-fiction book by Stephen King, about horror fiction in print, radio, film and comics, and the genre's influence on United States popular culture. It was republished on February 23, 2010 with an additional new essay entitled "What's Scary." Danse Macabre examines the various influences on King's own writing, and important genre texts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Danse Macabre explores the history of the genre as far back as the Victorian era, but primarily focuses on the 1950s to the 1970s (roughly the era covering King's own life). King peppers his book with informal academic insight, discussing archetypes, important authors, common narrative devices, "the psychology of terror," and his key theory of "Dionysian horror." Stephen Kings novel The Stand was translated to Spanish language as "La Danza de la Muerte" (which means "Danse Macabre") generating confusion between the two books.
In the introduction, King credits Bill Thompson, the editor of his first five published novels, and later editor at Doubleday, as being the inspiration for its creation. Thompson ultimately convinced King that if he wrote such a genre survey, he would no longer have to answer tedious, repetitive interview questions on the topic. Despite using King's college teaching notes as the backbone of the text, Danse Macabre has a casual, non-linear writing style. King begins by explaining why he wrote the book, and then creates a template for descriptions of his macabre subject, a template which he calls Tales of the Tarot. The chapter actually has nothing to do with the familiar tarot card deck. Rather, King borrows the term to d...
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