Stephen King: The Non-Fiction
Authors: Rocky Wood and Justin Brooks
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
Release Date: April 15th, 2009
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over 560 published works of non-fiction (more than a dozen are revealed here for the first time) and a further nine unpublished non-fiction pieces. Full details of these unpublished pieces are revealed for the first time.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Covering all King’s published and known unpublished works from 1959 to mid-2006, Stephen King: The Non-Fiction reveals for the first time dozens of pieces of non-fiction and their appearances that were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.
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 granted permission for “My Little Serrated Security Blanket” to appear in Stephen King: The Non-Fiction!
Among new pieces reviewed in the book are:
- 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;
- A 1967 column supporting the US troops in Vietnam;
- 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);
- 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;
- A large number of previously unknown letters to the editor;
- Introductions to the work of other authors; and book reviews published in unusual venues;
- Comprehensive reviews of King’s non-fiction in the Bangor Daily News and other Maine newspapers, some of it controversial;
- King’s early baseball writing, most published in Maine newspapers.
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.
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 humor, 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
Letters to the Editor, Guest Columns
Opinion – Radio, Music, Film and Television
Opinion – Venturing into Politics
Opinion – Let’s Argue
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 of King’s Non-Fiction (with detailed citations)
Whispers about Stephen King: The Non-Fiction…
“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.” – Green Man Review