Stephen King | Ben P. Indick

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Stephen King.
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Ben P. Indick

SOURCE: "What Makes Him So Scary," in Discovering Stephen King, edited by Darrell Schweitzer, Starmont House, Inc., 1985, pp. 9-14.

In the following essay, Indick surveys techniques used by Stephen King to create fear in such novels as Carrie, Pet Sematary, and The Shining.

There are stories of suspense, shock, mystery, and, combining all, fear. Ken Follett and Alistair MacLean are masters of suspense: one reads in a whirlwind of action and intrigue, involved for the safety and victory of the hero. Trevanian and Robert Ludlum add the fillip of shock, the hero placed in a paranoid and violent world. The practitioners of mystery are legion, with as many styles, but their content by definition is a puzzle to unravel. Fear is usually achieved as an amalgamation, together with its own particular quality as an emotion, and is associated by most readers with the writing...

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