Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Two Books for Constant Readers of Stephen King

This was a big year for us Stephen King fans, most notably in my mind with my favourite author turning the big 7-5. I find King remarkable for many reasons, most notably the fact that he continues to put out books of the highest quality at an age when so many other people in the world are likely content to relax and figure their best work is behind them.

On that note, if you’re shopping for a Stephen King fan for the holidays, and really, just anyone who enjoys a good book, you can’t go wrong getting them King’s latest novel, Fairy Tale.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice!

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was seven, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.”

You can order Stephen King’s Fairy Tale here.

Along with Fairy Tale, King’s Contant Readers had another reason to rejoice, and that was because of the release of Bev Vincent’s The Stephen King Ultimate Companion: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences. This is an updated and expanded version of Vincent’s 2010 book, The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, and is unsurprisingly highly recommended for King fans. Bev is one of the most notable experts on the life and times of Stephen King, and this new edition is informative and highly readable for anyone interested in King’s world.

Take an intimate tour through the life and works of Stephen King, made vivid with rare photos and ephemera from King’s personal collection.

Even if you are a die-hard fan, you will find something new in this beautifully packaged Stephen King reference that you will return to again and again. Timed to celebrate Stephen King’s 75th birthday on September 21, 2022, Stephen King: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences reveals the inspiration behind the prolific author’s brilliant works of horror through a combination of photos and documents from King’s archives and an engaging account of the stories behind how his novels, novellas, short stories, and adaptations came to be.

It might sound like a tall tale that Stephen King once met a bartender named Grady in an empty hotel in Colorado, or that the celebrated author helped his young daughter bury her cat in a nearby “pets sematary” after it was killed on a busy roadway. In this book, discover how King drew on these and more real personal experiences and mundane life events, then employed his extraordinary imagination to twist them into something horrific.

From impoverished university student to struggling schoolteacher to one of the best-selling—and most recognizable—authors of all time, this engrossing book reveals the evolution and influences of Stephen King’s body of work over his nearly 50-year career, and how the themes of his writing reflect the changing times and events within his life.

An expansion of Stephen King expert Bev Vincent’s The Stephen King Illustrated Companion, this fully revised, redesigned, and updated book includes:

  • A review of King’s complete body of work, including Fairy Tale, published in September 2022. 
  • A wealth of rare memorabilia from King’s own collection, including personal and professional correspondences, handwritten manuscript pages, book covers, movie stills, and never-before-seen excerpts from one of his poems and an unpublished short story. 
  • Interludes on specific topics such as real-life settings that inspired King’s writing, the editor who discovered him, his life as a Boston Red Sox fan, and the many awards and honors he has received. 
  • Insightful quotes from King from interviews over the decades. 

Celebrate the beloved King of Horror with this informational and entertaining look inside King’s most iconic titles and the culture they have created.

You can order The Stephen King Ultimate Companion: A Complete Exploration of His Work, Life, and Influences here.

One Reply to “Holiday Gift Guide 2022: Two Books for Constant Readers of Stephen King”

  1. Wonderful
    It would be great if we had Barnes and Noble near by and I could buy that Farytale book for Xmas. I would be lucky if the dang library was open.. fat chance..

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