The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror

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The Stephen King Companion is an authoritative look at horror author King's personal life and professional career, from Carrie to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

King expert George Beahm, who has published extensively about Maine's main author, is your seasoned guide to the imaginative world of Stephen King, covering his varied and prodigious output: juvenalia, short fiction, limited edition books, bestselling novels, and film adaptations. The book is also profusely illustrated with nearly 200 photos, color illustrations by celebrated "Dark Tower" artist Michael Whelan, and black-and-white drawings by Maine artist Glenn Chadbourne.

Supplemented with interviews with friends, colleagues, and mentors who knew King well, this book looks at his formative years in Durham, when he began writing fiction as a young teen, his college years in the turbulent sixties, his struggles with early poverty, working full-time as an English teacher while writing part-time, the long road to the publication of his first novel, Carrie, and the dozens of bestselling books and major screen adaptations that followed.

For fans old and new, The Stephen King Companion is a comprehensive look at America's best-loved bogeyman.

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About the Author:

GEORGE BEAHM has published more than thirty books, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages worldwide and have appeared on numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. A former Army major in the field artillery who served on active duty, in the National Guard, and in the Army Reserve, Beahm and his wife live in southeast Virginia.

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“This is for the Cujo-level rabid fan.” ―Booklist

“[Beahm] has done a wonderful job with the book, its text, its illustrations, its photos...well, all of the books contents are well worth reading. This is a book every King fan will want to read no matter if you are like me and need to know everything there is about him or if you just read his books and don't care about much more. You will still enjoy this book and it will give you a better insight into King and his writing.” ―Lilja's Library on The Stephen King Companion

"There’s so much to this sumptuous new book on King, and though it’s over double the size of the previous Stephen King Companion, it’s just as fun to read. King fans looking for a deeper glimpse into the books and the man who wrote them couldn’t do better than Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror, now the definitive first stop on the journey into Stephen King criticism." ―Cemetery Dance

"The completeness of Beahm's analysis coupled accessible writing style make this book extremely absorbing. Owing to its tone and format, this title will appeal most to fans of King, who will find that its insights lend a new light to their favorite tales."
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"Beahm's revelations are true to my heart as someone who has appreciated the scope of Stephen King more every year... [A] totally viable literary reference book that is up-to-date and inclusive." ―Daily Press (Virginia)

"Beahm does a remarkable job of presenting all aspects of King's life, including his family and their values . . . A sure winner with King fans or those curious about the man behind the legend."―School Library Journal

"Just what the fans of the nation's most popular writer needed: a sprightly collection of artifacts, interviews, speeches, trivia, opinions, and pictures about their man and his books."―Booklist

"To his credit, the Companion doesn't assume that everything King touches is perfect. This gives the whole effort credibility, which books of this type often don't have."―The Washington Post

"The Stephen King Companion is the best guide to the entire trajectory of King's work . . . All in all, this is a treasure chest of information, plus photographs."―Sunday Record (Middletown, N.Y.)

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