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    Stephen King: Danse Macabre. New York: Everest House, 1981.

    First edition. Number 37 of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation page. Octavo. 400 pages.

    Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering on front board and red decoration and gilt lettering on spine. Original untorn tissue dust jacket with protective glassine dust jacket and housed in a red cloth slipcase. Minimal shelf wear to the boards. Overall, the book presented here is in fine condition. The glassine dust jacket is lightly worn along the edges.

    This finely bound first edition contains a wealth of information on horror in literature, television, and film from the 1950s to the 1980s, and is one of King's few book-length non-fiction efforts. Danse Macabre is the source of one of the more famous quotes by King: "I recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud." A rare opportunity to acquire the small press first edition of Stephen King's thesis on the macabre.


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