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Blue Velvet
Jan 7, 2009, 01:38 PM
Redrum...


A Stephen King fan has published an 80-page version of the book which novelist Jack Torrance obsessively writes during King's The Shining, where his descent into madness is revealed when his wife discovers that his work consists of just one phrase, endlessly repeated.


New York artist Phil Buehler, who describes himself as "a big fan of Stanley Kubrick and Stephen King", has self-published a book credited to Torrance, repeating the phrase throughout but formatting each page differently, using the words to create different shapes from zigzags to spirals.

"The idea has probably been marinating for years, because I loved the movie and the Stephen King book," said Buehler. "I'd just finished my own obsessive art project [and] it was an idea I had over the Christmas holidays."

He said he decided to stick to type and formatting that could have been created on a typewriter, with the first ten pages duplicating shots of Torrance's work from the film. "I thought 'if he continues to get crazier, what would those pages look like?'" he said.



http://homepage.mac.com/alexandrajordan1/filechute/Book4.jpg



He's included a spoof review from the blog OverThinkingIt.com on the book's back jacket, which compares it to "the best of Beckett" in its "lack of forward momentum", and considers the struggles of the author, "heroically pitting himself against the Sisyphusean sentence". "It's that metatextual struggle of Man vs. Typewriter that gives this book its spellbinding power," the review says. "Some will dismiss it as simplistic; that's like dismissing a Pollack canvas as mere splatters of paint."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/07/stephen-king-shining-novel


For the Stephen King/The Shining fans in your life you can read about and purchase the book here. (http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/515476)

Wendy, I'm home...

leekohler
Jan 7, 2009, 02:07 PM
Seems to be similar to the House of Leaves that came out a few years ago. Not really a new technique.

http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231358734&sr=8-1

Tilpots
Jan 7, 2009, 02:19 PM
Seems to be similar to the House of Leaves that came out a few years ago. Not really a new technique.

http://www.amazon.com/House-Leaves-Mark-Z-Danielewski/dp/0375703764/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1231358734&sr=8-1

House of Leaves was a very cool book.

This guys just a nut.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bb/The_shining_heres_johnny.jpg

Abstract
Jan 7, 2009, 03:19 PM
The book is as boring as the author.


Snooooooze

themoonisdown09
Jan 7, 2009, 03:21 PM
I liked Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Makes me want to be a ski resort care taker in the winter.

leishan
Jan 7, 2009, 04:03 PM
That's cool but everyone knows the plot and how the book ends...:D