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In 1981, years before he sat down to tackle On Writing, Stephen King decided to address the topic of what makes horror horrifying and what makes terror terrifying. Here, in 10 brilliant chapters, King delivers one colorful observation after another about the great stories, books, and films that comprise the horror genre—from Frankenstein and Dracula to The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone, and Earth vs. The Flying Sacuers.
With the insight and good humor his fans appreciated in On Writing, Danse Macabre is an enjoyable entertaining tour through Stephen King’s beloved world of horror.
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By Maggie on 01-27-15
Always Hit Preview Before Purchasing an Audiobook!
What disappointed you about Danse Macabre?
I didn't even stop to consider whether buying Danse Macabre would be a good idea or not. Of course it would! It's a book I've loved for years, now in audiobook format, so I don't have to dig around for my old, crumbling copy! I can even share it with my friends!
Well, yeah... About that.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
William Dufris is probably a super nice guy. Like, super nice, super standup.
But he's got a voice for silent movies. His delivery is just so contrived and obnoxious. He doesn't sound like he's reading a book; it's more like he's some cartoon character trying to pretend to be human in a bid to escape his animated purgatory for our world.
He sounds like if someone took Rob Schneider and stuffed him full of bees. This is state-of-the-art in offensively annoying.
I hated every second. And the friends I thought to share it with? They made it about five minutes before begging me to shut it off.
Our noses continued to bleed for half an hour.
Any additional comments?
This narrator hates your eyes, and he WILL destroy them.
31 of 33 people found this review helpful
By TC Pelletier on 03-09-15
NON-FICTION but still fun!
Any additional comments?
Think of this as more of a guide to horror, rather than a story. After listening to it in Audible form I bought the Kindle version as well so I could take notes. This is Stephen King trying to define the genre of horror through selected works in literature and film. It's a fun conversation about the things that make scaring the pants off ourselves fun. It contains some history and a lot of insight. It will probably not be everyone's cup of tea, but if nothing else, it's a good source for new stories to check out.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful