Wanted to research this as it was included in my previous submit of the word
logorrhea. Further reviews of Ms. Slung's attempts of her own independent writings not so warm and fuzzy.
SCARE TACTICS (New York Times)
Date: May 10, 1981, Sunday, Late City Final Edition Section 7; Page 15, Column 1; Book Review Desk
Byline: By MICHELE SLUNG; Michele Slung has edited two anthologies of suspense stories, ''Crime on Her Mind'' and ''Women's Wiles.''
DANSE MACABRE By Stephen King. Illustrated. 400 pp. New York: Everest House. $13.95.
FANS of Stephen King will not be surprised to learn that Mr. King is a fan himself, for he regularly lets his enthusiasms show through in his books, ''best-scarers'' such as '' 'Salem's Lot,'' ''The Dead Zone'' and recently ''Firestarter.'' He has now assembled a trick-ortreat bag of goodies - childhood reminiscences, anecdotes about fellow writers, plot synopses of favorite films, novels, stories and television programs, a selected reading list, even a quiz -that deals with the genre in which he has so far chosen to work.
''Danse Macabre,'' a one-man flea market of opinions and ideas, will certainly be a treat for those avid readers of horror, fantasy and science fiction who like nothing better than to sit around, after a George Romero double-feature followed by a late-night rerun of ''The Twilight Zone,'' and recall the great days of E.C. Comics. However, for those who have little interest in accompanying Mr. King on a highly discursive ramble through byways lined with other people's monsters and mad scientists, this book may prove both boring and baffling, a trick instead of a treat. (On the other hand, since Mr. King is not only a fan but a proselytizer, some unsuspecting types may buy ''Danse Macabre,'' not noticing that it's nonfiction, and end up happily conversing about press runs at Arkham House.)
Excess is Mr. King's stock-in-trade, and he has used his prodigious energies over the years to soak up vast quantities of material about weird literature and film. In a spirit of the utmost good humor and generosity, he now spews out all the thoughts he's been storing up, sharing his crotchets and promoting his pets. Mr. King, who possesses an enviable superabundance of imagination, suffers from a less enviable logorrhea. Along with hundreds of names, relevant and irrelevant - from Shirley Jackson to Joan Didion, from H.P. Lovecraft to Ronald McDonald - we are exposed to thousands of Kingian pronouncements; there is nothing that doesn't elicit an opinion from him - or a definitive statement.
I happen to love every opinion of Mr. King's on the written word at least!!! Sounds like a very bitter, bitter lady to me.