Burnette reviews "Stephen King, A Face Among The Masters."

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(spend some time while you're over there -- I love his blog)

"It made me feel as if my King-ly horizons had been expanded a bit, which is more than I can say for most of the other about-King books I've read and reviewed lately."

What really pleases me is when people tell me I got them authors they had not previously considered.


  1. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and it's absolutely true that Stephen King didn't just pop out of the air somehow. So few of the books about him take any consideration for where he came from, in terms of his influences. I found that to be a very refreshing and appealing means of coming at his work.

  2. There is at least one further angle that might be explored, Reverend.

    King is related to writers like Hawthorne by a shared a background of New England Puritanism. I don't know, but there might be book about that historical fact, and it's possible influence on King (and Hawthorne's) fiction.

    Just a thought.


  3. There are a lot of unexplored angles. The problem is -- you have to be really well read; so I stuck to subjects where I felt safe. King's influence on modern horror is also interesting, but has been done already.

  4. I'm halfway through A Face Among The Masters now, David - really diggin' it so far. I like that it's chock-full-o' your personal observations--many of which, I think, would surprise even the most die-hard fans. Little tidbits like, how he came up with the name for Castle Rock (I should've caught that!). I'll be back ...