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Short Stories: Journeys

The protagonists in these short stories by Asako Serizawa, Nanjil Nadan, Goli Taraghi, Stephen King, and John Cheever are unsettled, vulnerable, and unmoored during their journeys.

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'The Best of Richard Matheson' Is Among the Best of Pop Culture

Richard Matheson's work has so permeated modern pop culture that it can be hard to find works not at least partially indebted to an idea of his or, as is more often the case, someone influenced by him.

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Clowns Are Up to a Different Kind of Funny Business, These Days

"Creepy clowns" have become the rule, not the exception. How and when did clowns change from entertainers to tormentors?

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Rats, Writing, and the Nature of Evil: A Night With Stephen King

Stephen King and George RR Martin prove to be a dynamic duo on King's End of Watch tour.

Erin Giannini
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Stephen King, 'Mr. Mercedes', and Our Love of Literary Junk Food

Why can't a reader enjoy both Stephen King and Alice McDermott? Fancy Michelin critics have been known to go wild for Shake Shack, after all.

Film

The 10 Stephen King Works That Should Be Made Into Movies

In celebration of his 40th year as a published author, we present these five unfilmed, and five already available Stephen King books that are crying out for a cinematic (re)configuration.

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The Connoisseur of Crime, John D. MacDonald, Is Shadowing the E-Book World

Available again in ebook form, the crime classic Stephen King called "one of the greatest American novels of the 20th century", The End of Night, is ready for rediscovery by a new generation of readers.

Jeff Tompkins
Television

'Under the Dome': Stephen King's Latest Mini-Series

Though sensationalist intrigues hold sway over the initial plot of Under the Dome, the gradual revelation of mysteries could well provide several seasons’ worth of dramatic interest.

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'NOS4A2' Is Joe Hill's 'Carrie'

What sets NOS4A2 apart from a great deal of work in the horror genre, not withstanding its magic realist, almost Graham Joyce-esque touches, is that it's a work with smarts along with its adrenaline-rushes.

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David Foster Wallace Unpacks Pop Fiction

A newly available syllabus from a 1994 class taught by David Foster Wallace shows a great willingness to engage with mass-market fiction on a critical level.

Comics

Stephen King's Debt to Horror Comics

Crusty old horror comics have played a significant role in the work of author Stephen King.

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'Lord of the Flies' Still Reigns

Fear and brutality inherent in the human condition and the drive to survive are themes that have never gone out of fashion. The stakes get even higher when those involved are children, and that's obviously a big seller.

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Looking for Wit in Sci-Fi Lit?: 'Alien Contact' Has It

Marty Halpern’s editorial brief was for writers to concoct their narratives around first encounters with aliens and, duly noted, numerous authors are represented here with perfectly tailored schemes.

Gabrielle Malcolm
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'The Night Circus': A Bewitching Premise, but Too Much Sleight of Hand

The Night Circus at its best reads like a lovechild between the illusionists’ rivalry in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and the teenage contenders cum romantic team in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

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In 'Bastion', Narrative's Stranglehold on Life and Death Is "Jus' Foolin'" with You

Bastion's narration establishes a suitably oppressive mood that is as richly textured as the game's visuals.

Games

Wizards, Glass, and Computer Chips: What 'The Dark Tower' Can Teach Us About Gaming's Fourth Wall

A few idiosyncratic passages from the cult classic series by Stephen King may have a lot to say about ludic point-of-view.

Games

How Does One Beat the Heat? Try Descending Into Icy Madness

To cope with the heat wave, advisories suggest visiting 'cooling centers' or public pools. To achieve a truly chilled-out state of mind, however, why not open the door to your mind and let the iceman cometh inside?

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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams

Marking the birth of post-apocalyptic science fiction with the 1826 publication of Mary Shelley's plague tale The Last Man, Adams proposes that the sub-genre's as old as science fiction itself.

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The Stand: American Nightmares

The Stand: American Nightmares [$25]

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We Few, We Happy Few, We Bandaged Brothers: Jeff Lemire's The Nobody and the Quest for Self

A touching, heartfelt meditation on identity and isolation in a small town, Jeff Lemire is able to redress an H.G. Wells classic and make it as timely and disturbing as ever.

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Airplane Books, Junk Literature, and the Western Canon: All Novels Are Lies, Some Lies Are Better

Reading deeply and widely at the very least makes us less dull and more patient, and it happens to be the only way to make informed, qualitative judgments within and across genres.

Kelly Roberts
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Fighting the Flu

The mobilization of the military to control the spread of the current outbreak of a rare strain of the swine flu in Mexico City is right out of Stephen King’s The Stand.

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Just After Sunset by Stephen King

Never, in fact, has King seemed more mature or more sure of himself as a writer.

John Mark Eberhart
Film

Standing by Stephen King

Childhood and the end of innocence are vividly portrayed in Stephen King's novella The Body, and Rob Reiner's excellent interpretation, Stand by Me.

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Duma Key by Stephen King

Stephen King's spooky, Florida-set Duma Key revives his gift for suspense. King is at the height of his powers.

Chauncey Mabe
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Blaze by Richard Bachman

Calamity follows lonely, brain-damaged Clayton Blaisdell Jr. in Blaze, written 30 years ago.

Rene Rodriguez
Comics

Stephen Kings The Dark Tower #1

The Gunslinger has established himself as one of the most fascinating and compelling characters in modern fiction, yet much of his past is still a mystery.

Shawn O'Rourke
Reviews

Liseys Story by Stephen King

The book is an unusually careful creation from an author who has too often let himself run on automatic.

Chris Barsanti
Reviews

Cell by Stephen King

It's a work of maturity and of meaning, a novel that actually wants to comment on the state of the world and the pissed off population who seem to be living on and off it.

Bill Gibron
Reviews

'Salem's Lot: Illustrated Edition by Stephen King

Since Carrie was about telekinesis -- not the most classical of creature features -- 'Salem's Lot represents King's first stab a legitimate horror archetypes, and as he would go on to prove time and time again, no one can rework the classics better than he.

Bill Gibron
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Beyond Boo!: The Case for Stephen King as Literature

'Decades from now, fans will unearth his tomes and savor their sensational scares the way we lord over Stoker's violent vamp, or Shelley's modern Prometheus.' Bill Gibron assesses the works of horror master, Stephen King.

Bill Gibron

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