|Cover art by Tom and Sian Mandrake|
I suppose that's why, even after writing my book, I'm still not done with them. This month, I have written two new essays about Wes Craven, and I'm planning to take part in a communal tribute to Stephen King. (I've also got a lot more to say about George Romero -- maybe next month?)
|Wes Craven (a.k.a. "Abe Snake") in THE FIREWORKS WOMAN|
|Wes Craven and Kristy Swanson on the set of DEADLY FRIEND|
Another writing project that I'm excited about this month is Richard Chizmar's "Stephen King Revisited". Chizmar, the founder and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance Publications, has already proven his enthusiasm for all things King by publishing numerous limited editions of the author's work. Now he's setting out to examine and explain his affinity for King's work by revisiting all of King's books (the latest, Revival, is #63) in order of publication. I did the same thing when I was writing Beyond Fear, although I attempted to follow the order of composition rather than the order of publication. As a result, I have literally hundreds of pages of informal notes about remembered impressions of reading each work for the first time, as well as my impressions of rediscovery. I didn't get as personal in Beyond Fear as I could have, because I was trying to maintain a linear narrative, so I'm thinking I might record some of my more tangential musings here on my blog, as I follow the progress of Richard's journey. And I won't be the only one. Chizmar has promised contextual essays for each book by Bev Vincent, and guest essays by others. This should be a thrill for any true Stephen King fan. So...
Buy a ticket. Take the ride.
|me and Christine|