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Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 1988

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"Carrie", "The Shining", "Misery" - es gibt wohl nur wenige Leser oder Kinogänger, die nicht zumindest eine dieser drei Horrorgeschichten von Stephen King kennen. Einen internationalen Bestseller nach dem anderen legt der 1947 in Maine geborene Autor vor. Und nicht wenige davon wurden auch erfolgreich verfilmt. So spektakulär die Geschichten sind, so bürgerlich klingt Kings Werdegang. Nach Schule, Universität und früher Heirat arbeitete er zunächst als Englischlehrer. Seiner Passion fürs Schreiben ging er abends und am Wochenende nach, bis ihm der Erfolg seiner ersten großen Geschichte, "Carrie", erlaubte, ausschließlich als Schriftsteller zu leben. Der Rest ist Legende. King hat drei Kinder und bereits mehrere Enkelkinder und lebt mit seiner Frau Tabitha in Maine und Florida.



This book will be a collection of fantastic and horrifying photographs of gargoyles taken by avant-garde photographer f-stop fitzgerald (yes, that's his name and the spellingis correct), with a wonderful text by none other than the master of horror, stephen king. F-stop has captured gargoyles in all manner of poses, made all the more striking by the design by mark pollard. Through the use of gatefolds and full-bleed illustrations, these awesome creatures will seem practically to leap off the page. (4/5/88). UK YES


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Photography, gothic architecture and King.... 5. Mai 2000
Von mellion108 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
I'm surprised to read that this is a hard-to-find book; I still occasionally find copies of it in the bargain bins of large booksellers. That will probably change now that the paperback version is being released.

I really like this book. The photos are simple, but they capture the beauty and mystique of gargoyle images throughout New York and other American cities. I must admit, I bought this bargain book because Stephen King's name was on the cover and because I thought it was a quirky addition to my book collection. However, once I brought it home and started flipping through the pages, I was captivated by the grainy, sometimes eerie images. King's words add some interesting views and anecdotes, but the book stands alone just on Fitzgerald's photos. Some of the gargoyles are menacing, some are macabre, some are playful and some are downright comical. All of them attest to the creativity and imagination of their creators.

This hardcover, 128-page (or so) volume would be right at home on your coffee table (it's an awkward size to try to squeeze into most standard bookshelves). King's writing shares page space for about 35 pages; the book is focused on the pics (as it should be). It's not for everyone; if you don't like "picture books" then stay away. But if you like interesting photos capturing a unique subject, and/or if you are at all a Stephen King fan, this is one to bring home.
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King's photo-illustrated essay not a bad book... 8. April 1998
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Well, I'm a HUGE King-fan, the kind of fan who likes all he writes, his novels, stories, movies, poetry, non-fiction, you name it-this coffee-table book is a special item concerning King-books, but it's such a wonderful book. Most of his fans may not be interrested in this book, and that's a shame. King's introductory essay is good as always, interesting, especially when he explains his first encounters with HIS gargoyles. If the book was published without King's essay, maybe I would'nt have bought it. I admit that. But the photographs are all wonderful, some of them pretty scary and few of them pretty funny, too. To me it's a Stephen King-book, no matter the interior, and I like it. Off course what his fans and I wants from him is fiction, but that doesn't kept me from buying and reading and enjoying Danse Macabre and Nightmares in the Sky. King is just as great of writing non-fiction as horror-make-believe fiction.
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Monsters Of Stone 5. April 2006
Von Dai-keag-ity - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Gargoyles in their manifold glory, from the small, twisted and misshapen, to the majestic and terrible, this coffee table collection of the rooftop monsters of New York is highlighted by text composed by none other than Stephen King. A lovely and atmospheric gathering of these sculpted nightmares, captured at varying angles and conditions of shadow, light, and sometimes in the rain, deftly calculated to heighten the effect of staring these treasures almost in the eye. I find a lot of meaning in this book, too, because, knowing how much I love old stone sculptures and gargoyles and the like, my grandfather gave it to me as a gift while I was home on spring break from college in the year 2000, and it was the last time I ever got to visit him.
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I bought this for like five bucks at CVS on a discount rack! 25. November 1997
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Well, I only bought the book because Stephen King's name was on it. I believe that the only reason why it was published was because Stephen King wrote the Introduction. The pictures of the gargoyles are as interesting as the gargoyles themselves. Even though it presently doesn't fit right on my shelf because of its dimensions it does round off my SK collection quite nice. It is kind of cool to have something that is listed as "hard to find!"
"Nightmares in the Sky" will Haunt Your Dreams 6. Dezember 2014
Von R Grant - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
“Nightmares in the Sky” by f-stop Fitzgerald and Stephen King (1988).

I remember when this book was first published in 1988. Back then (as today) I bought EVERYTHING Stephen King wrote, co-wrote, or endorsed. A big Stephen King fan, like Annie Wilkes, but without a farmhouse, and/or psychotic/murderous tendencies. I first saw "Nightmares in the Sky" at my employer's house. I worked for a brilliant psychologist--a former Princeton University professor who had branched off into metaphysics and channeling and Edgar Cayce. Having had my own near-death experience, it was more of a wizard's education than a job--and my employer was a wizard I looked up to. Highly. Back when this book came out, I happily transcribed his audio tapes on any subject, and he happily paid me. Any topic I could talk to him about. Zombies. Monsters. Psychics. Shirley MacLaine. The horror of Sylvia Browne. You name it, and the good Doctor and I talked about it. And I typed it...and got paid for it. It was a great gig. This was back in the ancient of days when psychiatrists/psychologists dictated their thoughts onto AUDIO TAPE (when dinosaurs roamed the earth) and then hired typists like me, who typed 90 words per minute, transcribe their musings. Not surprising, this brilliant, kind, and well-paying psychologist had "Nightmares in the Sky" on shelf by the computer. Once I saw King's name, I forgot all about the multiple-personality/demonic possession audio-cassette I was transcribing and rode my bicycle 2-1/2 miles to Walden Books (do they even EXIST anymore??). I found the hefty book, happily paid the hefty price, and rode home. As an aside, I'd pay that price again - today - for a used copy with the cover missing. It's that good. Mesmerizing. It's a really, really, creepy book. I say that with love, no questions: Those photographs are ALIVE. A word about the authors: Prior to seeing "Nightmares in the Sky," I wasn't familiar with the photography of f-stop Fitzgerald--(credited as "Photographer" on the book's cover); but a word of caution--after you SEE something, it's very difficult to UNSEE it; you've been warned. The title bears repeating: NIGHTMARES IN THE SKY. Please remember that if and when you pick up this wonderfully scary book. It contains the most spectacularly chilling images of Gargoyles currently haunting old and new buildings all over New York City; and these aren't drawings these are PHOTOGRAPHS--the real, evil deal. There are images here that will haunt your dreams. I had the distinct and uncomfortable feeling that some of these monsters were actually MOCKING the viewer...with delightful, even demonic--glee. For the horror aficionado like myself, "Nightmares in the Sky" is pure, dark joy. And the fact that the gargoyles are part of the ARCHITECTURE OF A BUILDING ITSELF, makes the macabre, the horror, even more palpable. This is one coffee-table book that is definitely not for children; nor for the faint of heart. The other thing I recall about this most excellent book is Stephen King saying something I've never forgotten nor have I ever really gotten over. You'll never look at a gargoyle the same way again, I promise you. I don't have the book in front of me, so please forgive this paraphrase--but Stephen King was talking about "their point of view": "They [the gargoyles] are always perched above our point-of-view...so that we rarely notice them. We don't see them, but never forget, they always see us." --Robert J. Grant
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