Mark Browning, Stephen King on the Small Screen, Intellect Books, 2011. To be reviewed by Conny Lippert, Bristol University.
In this follow up to “Stephen King on the Big Screen” (2009) Mark Browning turns his critical eye upon the much-neglected subject of the best-selling author’s work in television, examining what it is about King’s fiction that makes it particularly suitable for the small screen.
The book is the first written by a film specialist to consider King’s television work in its own right, and rejects previous attempts to make the films and books fit rigid thematic categories.
Browning examines what makes a written or visual text successful at evoking fear on a case-by-case basis, in a highly readable and engaging way.