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Stephen King bibliography: Nightmares in the Sky

Nightmares in the Sky
Nightmares in the Sky
David Finniss

I'm kind of surprised that this is listed as a Stephen King book because I'm not sure it really qualifies. Really, his contribution is an extended foreword. The real focus of the book is a series of photographs taken by....F-Stop Fitzgerald? Oh for crying out loud (Yes, I'm calling someone out on a pun, take a second and let that sink in.)

The book centers on gargoyles, not the Disney show, (which was awesome, but hadn't hit the airwaves yet when this book was written) but the actual statues. Even King himself notes that he was an odd pick for this particular project, but it ended up being an illuminating experience for him.

As expected, the tone of the text portion is very casual and conversational. He really is just talking to you through text and it makes for a very smooth read. It's also rather anecdotal, giving readers a glimpse into his day to day life. I got a kick out of Joe being mentioned. At the time the book was written, that didn't mean much, but now that he's a big name himself, nods like this are a bit more interesting.

I was also amused by King's strategy of not doing any research and just writing from the gut. It worked, and you could argue that any academic stuff could be found elsewhere but how often would that fly? There's no way you could open your college thesis with the admission that you were just writing from the gut and were actively ignoring the research portion of the process.

I do have to give King credit, while this book is more nonchalant, he does manage to create some tension and dread when describing the statues. There are some creepy lines in there and you don't see that too often with a coffee table book.

As for the photographs, eh. It just wasn't for me. I don't doubt that this book has an audience. If you're into photography, or architecture, or sculpting, you are going to appreciate this book a whole lot more than I did. It's not bad, by any stretch, it just is what it is. There's a target group that this book appeals to and I'm just not part of that group. If you're curious, by all means, check it out. I don't know how much luck you'll have finding it in a brick and mortar store, but you can buy it through smaller retailers via Amazon for really cheap. Depending on where you buy it from, it's only a couple of bucks, so you don't need to worry about it taking a bite out of your wallet. Considering you still get an hour's worth of entertainment and something interesting to set on your bookshelf or lay on your coffee table, that's not a bad bargain.

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