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In this essay like book (I never heard about it before; it probably was stored in the club's library of King's novella 'The Breathing Method') Stephen King takes a look at gargoyles, that horror from above. We are informed how he got into this job and how he inspected gargoyles in New York. We also learn about an obscure Gargoyle movie from the early 70s. Besides you come to know many things about those eerie stone sculptures and when they had their heyday. Even Medusa is mentioned. The pictures...
This is probably a little known book from Stephen King, and I bought it years ago when it was first published. I enjoyed the text and the photos are stunning. Very cool book!
A coffee table book with pics by F-stop Fitzgerald and words by Stephen King. note that words mean a 35 page (photo-illustrated) essay on what King knows and thinks about Gargoyles, off of the top of his head (no research); pics means that, the rest of the book are photos of gargoyles across the States, although mostly in New York and Chicago. King's 'essay' is engaging and authentic sounding like his book forewords, but ultimately doesn't really tells us much about King or gargoyles. One gets t...
update - yes I had to stop and look at this book again as I was sorting out my collection - and is so doing I will admit that it has gone up a star. I think the reason for my decision was hat looking back (once you take the famous author name drop) the book is a celebration of all everything common place and yet unseen. True the book is about gargoyles and the grotesques frozen in masonry above out heads and yet reading the book again I realise that the truth is that it could stand for anything
Glorious photos, but on a repetitive basis, not unique enough to hold up alone, without some phenomenal writing, of which there isn't. Certainly, a passably interesting introductory essay, but it (and the photos) lacks depth of exploration and has an extremely limited, New York-centric scope.
This book is so haunting and beautiful. Stephen King’s essay is fun and goofy, and in the end quite touching and interesting. I could stare at these wonderful black and white photos forever. Highly recommended.
i didn't know king could be painfully long-winded.i was beginning to worry that i'd only see a handful of photos after 8 or so paragraphs.
Cool. This one's full of surprises.So I saw this at my local library and decided to pick up a company. Serendipity abounds, because it's even neater than I thought.I fully expected a panoply of awesome and varied gargoyles. Got that.So I flip to the introduction, and find Stephen King pontificating on gargoyles. And Gargoyles. The hell am I reading? I love Stephen King, and I particularly love his nonfiction, like Danse Macabre and On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. His prose alway
SynopsisA thought-provoking photography collection by F-stop Fitzgerald documenting architecture that we don’t always see and rarely think about introduced by the King of horror himself.Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques by Stephen King and F-stop Fitzgerald★★★★Genre: Photography Collection/Short EssayRelease Date: October 1988Source: Library – BorrowedOn My Shelf: SomedayI stumbled across this one at the Library and, well, how could I not pick it up? I was first drawn in by Stephen...
This is a somewhat dated, but nonetheless creepy, and haunting photography book about gargoyles in America. Stephen King wrote a nice essay to accompany the pictures detailing his experiences with gargoyles on film and his discovery of their hiding places within the canyons of New York City.
Want to know how I realized I am fascinated with Gargoyles? Step one into my obsession was visiting Paris and with that Notre Dame. Step two was watching the movie "I, Frankenstein". Yep, I am the only person on the planet who loves that movie, I understand it is slightly, ehm, silly, but man, those gargoyles! Gargoyles!!!!!!So, yeah, obsession and at the end of the road the desire to frame a story involving gargoyles started my "Gargoyle March" where I will be diving into a few books aside my n...
This was one of the least impressive things that I have seen where Stephen King was a contributor. The book is based in photographs of creatures and faces on buildings in New York City with an essay on them by King spread through the first 35 pages or so.This is a fairly short essay that is all over the place talking about a movie he and his son watched, the sensual touching of a vase, and finally to a bit about the gargoyles themselves.The book is really about the pictures though. Some of the a...
This afternoon my wife and I ran to the library for an hour. We didn't have 30 minutes to find "just the right book" so we picked some random numbers and generated a Dewey call number. Due to some minor machinations in some underworld, we happened to pick this little book.Kind of a magical experience -- eerie photos of demonic imps hidden above the everyday bustling New York scenery. It looked a little kitschy from the title, but as I paged through the book each haunted, eroding face seemed to m...
This was a really interesting book. Stephen King wrote the text to go along with all the very cool pictures of Gargoyles and the like on old buildings. First he talks about his surprise at being asked to take on this project, and then his surprise once again when he actually came to New York City and looked up.....the nighmares in the sky were definitely looking down at him. He goes on to talk about movies and books that have been influenced by these strange creatures. Really entertaining! And t...
Some really beautiful photography.
Fairly interesting photographic coffee table book on Gothic architecture, specifically Gargoyles. Limited to New York though.
This is a beautiful, unusual book with gorgeous, glossy pictures.
The essay really makes this one. Without it, those are just pictures of stone faces. Writing down the personal response and relating it to an everyday existence makes those stone faces come alive just a wee bit.
Make no mistake, the stars of the show for this book are the amazing artwork on the sculptures themselves and the photography that brings these images to us. Stephen Kings contribution is no more than an essay and the essay itself isn't really on gargoyles per say, but more on the process of becoming involved in this project and the resultant way that gargoyles began to make him feel once he began to notice them in places that he'd never seen them before he was involved in this project.All that
A large format (coffee table) book of photographs of gargoyles. I'm so glad this book exists because look up at all the new buildings and not a gargoyle in sight! Pity. I guess I never paid much attention to gargoyles until I rode on the top of a double deck bus south on Central Park West and passed the Dakota. Those gargoyles really woke me up! This brings me to a few complaints about this book that have nothing to do with the fabulous photographs. In my view, the index stinks. It's sparse and
I, just like many others I'm sure, picked this coffee-table photography book up because of Stephen King.While the photos were nice, and I certainly appreciated the idea behind a collection of all the different gargoyles and statues hiding in the architecture of New York City--I lived there for a year and never noticed them--it wasn't really enough to keep my interest. Like I said, it was King's essay that kept me around.I love reading King's little intros and essays and non-fiction, because I ca...
"We don't see them," he said, "but they see us."Creepy, but true! I picked this up because of Stephen King, but his essay isn't much of a read. Although, I did learn that some gargoyles are used as part of the drainage system for buildings, so that's kind of neat! The pictures are cool, creepy at times, and it was fun to flip through the pages. In fact, I was doing so at a coffee shop, and a homeless guy sat down next to me to look at them too! He told me he felt like gargoyles were made to prot...
Beautiful pictures of gargoyles, accompanied by a short, vaguely amusing, but shallow essay by Stephen King that spends way too much time discussing the TV-movie Gargoyles. I read this as a kid, swiping my brother's copy, and it was fun to do so before. I'm also curious if the ones in Boston are still there!
Found this book by chance and really liked it. Stephen King's "essay" was very entertaining and the pictures were fascinating. Some of the gargoyles pictured were genuinely creepy, but all of them were beautiful works of art. Not much to say about the book since it is basically a book of photographs, but I recommend it to anyone interested in these beautiful and disturbing sculptures and statues.
King’s contribution here was really very weak and frankly felt half-baked and phoned-in, which is extremely rare for him. It’s really the only thing I’ve ever read from King that made me feel this way. I don’t feel like his heart was in this project at all. Some cool pictures that account for the three stars, but that’s about all this book brings to the table.
I never looked at gargoyles this way and never will again. They do almost look alive in a lot of ways the way Stephen King states and it creeps me out. The pictures are frightening when you look at them just the right way. Amazing "coffee table" book.
Not really a book per say, but more of a collection of pictures of gargoyles. They are really cool and the first 40 pages or so are accompanied by an essay about them that Stephen King wrote. This is I read it, but kind of a cool thing to add to my King collection.
An over-sized volume of photographs of gargoyles. Cool old art and architecture; an interesting diversion.
Loved this loved the pictures