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At The Movies
‘Stephen King is as important to American folklore as Mark Twain.’ William Goldman
No single author has been adapted more regularly than Stephen King. There are sixty-five existing movies, thirty television shows, and seven individual episodes (of multi-author anthology shows like The Twilight Zone) based on his work.
The industry that surrounds King is one that embodies the very nature of Hollywood, the strange allure of the horror genre, and the accessibility of his folkloric depiction of America. The concept of the King adaptation lies at the core of what we understand as screen entertainment.
Illustrated with a fabulous array of familiar and unusual iconography, this is a complete account of the films and television series adapted from the work of Stephen King — the literary Steven Spielberg. Including fresh critical analysis, interviews, making of stories and biographical elements, it is a King completist’s dream and a set text for any movie fan.
Ian Nathan, who lives and works in London, is one of the UK’s best-known film writers. He is the author of eight previous books, including Alien Vault, the best-selling history of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece, Terminator Vault, Tim Burton, The Coen Brothers
and the forthcoming Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle- earth. He is the former editor and executive editor of Empire, the world’s biggest movie magazine, where he remains a contributing editor. He also regularly contributes to The Times, Independent, Mail on Sunday, Cahiers Du Cinema and the Discovering Film documentary series on Sky Arts.