0896960765 1981, first edition. 400 pages. #232 of 250 signed, limited first edition copies. Signed by Stephen King on limitation page. Additionally signed with inscription on title page. Black cloth with gold gilt titling. Boards are pristine. Spine and binding sound. Wax paper jacket is clean and shows only minor edgewear. Interior is bright and free of marks. Red slipcase shows a small mark on front and very minor rubbing along the edges. Overall, copy is in excellent condition. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-076376
Synopsis: The best-selling author offers a subjective tour of favorite books, films, and television programs which have met his criteria for great horror, examines the attractions and satisfactions of horror stories, and recounts his own vital encounter with horror
Review: In the fall of 1978 (between The Stand and The Dead Zone), Stephen King taught a course at the University of Maine on "Themes in Supernatural Literature." As he writes in the foreword to this book, he was nervous at the prospect of "spending a lot of time in front of a lot of people talking about a subject in which I had previously only felt my way instinctively, like a blind man." The course apparently went well, and as with most teaching experiences, it was as instructive, if not more so, to the teacher as it was to the students. Thanks to a suggestion from his former editor at Doubleday, King decided to write Danse Macabre as a personal record of the thoughts about horror that he developed and refined as a result of that course.
The outcome is an utterly charming book that reads as if King were sitting right there with you, shooting the breeze. He starts on October 4, 1957, when he was 10 years old, watching a Saturday matinee of Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. Just as the saucers were mounting their attack on "Our Nation's Capital," the movie was suddenly turned off. The manager of the theater walked out onto the stage and announced, "The Russians have put a space satellite into orbit around the earth. They call it ... Spootnik."
That's how the whole book goes: one simple, yet surprisingly pertinent, anecdote or observation after another. King covers the gamut of horror as he'd experienced it at that point in 1978 (a period of about 30 years): folk tales, literature, radio, good movies, junk movies, and the "glass teat". It's colorful, funny, and nostalgic--and also strikingly intelligent. --Fiona Webster
Title: Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Publisher: Everest House
Publication Date: 1981
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Everest House, New York, 1981. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Book is almost as new with sharp corners and clean white pages and tight binding. Dust jacket has edgewear and wrinkles as seen in pictures. Inscribed by King on the first blank page. Signature is guaranteed authentic and books were personally sent to Stephen King and signed by him in the days when that was allowed. (A little harder to get now). Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 009502
Book Description Dodd Mead, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1983. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +. First Edition. Near Fine in Very Good +, edgewear and 2 closed tears, not clipped, signed and inscribed. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 003136
Book Description Everest House, New York, 1981. First. Large octavo; VG/VG; black/red spine, gold text; comes in red slipcase, which is in VG condition, with very minor cornerwear and some rubbing (especially along tail edge); original glassine DJ is in excellent condition, with two creases on back and small closed tear on front tail edge; cover is clean, boards strong; textblock is clean; pp 400; special signed and numbered limited edition copy - number 123 of 250; FLP Collection. case 8. Full-priced Rockville. Seller Inventory # 14-436-1284497
Book Description N.Y. / New York: Everest House, 1981, 1st Edition, First Printing, the Signed, Slipcased Limited Edition, New York, NY, 1981. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine (see description). Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+ (see description). Text Cover (illustrator). First Edition. ----------hardcover, a Fine copy in a Very Good+ plain tissue dustjacket with a wee bit of age toning to spine of jacket and some rippling, tissue jacket serves no real purpose other than a bit of protection from rubbing so many copies had the tissue removed, this one is intact and in a hi-quality mylar protector, in a Near Fine slipcase with a bit of sunning to edges, signed by KING, # 234 of 250 signed and numbered copies, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Signed. Seller Inventory # 140777