Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction

  • Author: Rocky Wood & Justin Brooks
  • Artist: Alan M. Clark
  • Page Count: 608
  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-160-9
  • Status: Out of Print

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Stephen King: The Non-Fiction
by Rocky Wood & Justin Brooks

About the Book:
Stephen King: The Non-Fiction is the first significant review of King's Non-Fiction. Most fans and readers know King has written three non-fiction books and may have noticed his introductions and Author's Notes to his own works, but few know of his hundreds of columns, articles, book reviews and criticism.

In fact the Authors review over 560 published works of non-fiction (more than a dozen are revealed here for the first time) and a further nine unpublished non-fiction pieces. Full details of these unpublished pieces are revealed for the first time.

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction fills all the gaps, providing significant detail on each of the most significant of these Non-Fiction Works; and a review of every other piece!

Authors Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks spent five years compiling this outstanding reference work, with the assistance of many of the leading King researchers, collectors and 'super-collectors'; and access to Restricted Non-Fiction Works in King's papers at the University of Maine, Orono.

Covering all King's published and known unpublished works from 1959 to mid-2006, Stephen King: The Non-Fiction reveals for the first time dozens of pieces of non-fiction and their appearances that were previously unknown to King researchers.

If you've ever wanted to know more about King's amazing and often controversial non-fiction, this is the reference work you must have. This is the ultimate volume to accompany Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished -- and this is the perfect companion in your collection for The Stephen King Universe and The Road to the Dark Tower.

Important Update About This Book!

Have you ever heard of "My Little Serrated Security Blanket" by Stephen King? It's a very rare essay King wrote over a decade ago, and most fans have never had a chance to read it... until now!

That's right! Stephen King has just granted permission for "My Little Serrated Security Blanket" to appear in our special deluxe edition of Stephen King: The Non-Fiction! Our book is the only easy place to read this entertaining and difficult to find article!

Among new pieces reviewed in the book are:
o Two previously unknown King pieces from his high school days - sports reporting in the Lisbon Enterprise (these are not the articles King describes in On Writing); and a King non-fiction piece from his high school newspaper The Drum; along with the fascinating story of their rediscovery by the authors

o A 1967 column supporting the US troops in Vietnam

o Previously unknown pieces from The Maine Campus, such as a review of the Spring 1969 issue of Ubris (in which King published the first version of Night Surf, the precursor to The Stand); an amazing movie review; and letters to the editor (many highly amusing)

o Nine unpublished pieces of non-fiction reviewed in detail, including pieces held in the Restricted Boxes of King's papers at the University of Maine - for the first time anywhere the authors describe these works in detail

o A large number of previously unknown letters to the editor

o Introductions to the work of other authors; and book reviews published in unusual venues

o Comprehensive reviews of King's non-fiction in the Bangor Daily News and other Maine newspapers, some of it controversial

o King's early baseball writing, most published in Maine newspapers

o Working from the original sources Wood and Brooks also identified and corrected numerous errors in the previous reporting of material - incorrect titles, dates, pagination and even publication information

Stephen King: The Non-Fiction is going to be a must-have for every Stephen King collector!

Shipping Note:
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"For Stephen King: The Non-Fiction, Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks hunted down 500-plus published articles and a handful of manuscripts, from sports writing and a high school newspaper piece on band uniforms to book introductions and controversial Bangor Daily News columns, and compiled them into an impressively weighty tome that any King completist would be thrilled to have on the shelf."
Publishers Weekly

"Wood and Brooks are to be commended for undertaking this research effort on behalf of King aficionados. It will, no doubt, prove an invaluable research tool for some, and a pleasurable read for others."
— April Gutierrez,

"Stephen King fans, rejoice! Cemetery Dance Publications has just issued a gorgeous collector's item written by top-notch Stephen King experts Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks. This is the ultimate must-have volume for SK collectors... a great big bag of delicious treats that is impossible to put down once opened. I want everyone to keep in mind that this is a special edition, a signed and slipcased beauty that is limited to 2,000 copies. It is a true collector's item that will only increase in value over time, so click on the cover graphic and grab a copy of this grand rock-yer-socks-off volume of Stephen King non-fiction—with fabulous cover art by Alan M Clark—before they're snapped up. Better hurry!"
— Count Gore De Vol's Tomb of Dark Delights

"The scope of The Non-Fiction is simply epic... If you are serious about your King library it's a most have book..."
— Scaryminds

Table of Contents

Argument: A Guide to King's Non-Fiction. Introducing the Reader to the book and King's rich tapestry, including his strong sense of opinion, sense of humour, style and risks he often takes in the Non-Fiction mode.

King's Major Non-Fiction
• Early Columns - Garbage Truck
• Danse Macabre, On Writing
• Baseball - Faithful; Heads Down and the Red Sox Obsession
• Opinion - Horror
• Opinion - The Craft of Writing
• Author's Notes and Introductions to His Own Work
• Later Columns - The Pop of King
King's Minor Non-Fiction
• Introducing the Works of Others
• Book Reviews
• Letters to the Editor, Guest Columns
• Opinion - Radio, Music, Film and Television
• Opinion - Venturing into Politics
• Opinion - Let's Argue
• Miscellany

King's Unpublished Non-Fiction
Each of the Chapters is in narrative form and covers the following information:

The history of and interesting information about each piece
Summary, including significant quotes
Relevance to other King Works (particularly to his Fiction)
Advice to Readers wishing to accessing the piece

Bibliography: A full list of all King's Non-Fiction, with detailed citations

Rocky Wood is the co-author of three major King works: The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2003, 2004), Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished (2006, for which he received a Stoker nomination) and The Stephen King Collector's Guide. He has spoken at numerous conventions on King, including the SKEMER Con in Colorado (2003), Continuum 3 & 4 (2005, 2006) and the 2nd Annual Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Bangor, Maine (2005). He has published non-fiction articles about King in the US, UK and Australia, is an Active Member of the HWA and is recognised as one of the world's leading King experts.

Justin Brooks holds a B.S. Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science. He has been collecting and researching King for the last decade and has interests in several specific areas of study.

Published in two states:
• Slipcased Limited Edition of 2,000 signed and numbered copies bound in full cloth and Smyth sewn ($75)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather and Smyth sewn with a satin ribbon page marker ($500)

Lettered Edition Status:
The deluxe Lettered Edition of this book is currently with our hand-binder. After he completes his work, we will immediately ship a finished copy to our traycase manufacturer who will begin building the traycases. He requires a finished copy to guarantee the sizing is just right. We will update this page as the Lettered Edition progresses through production. Thank you for your patience.