Different Seasons (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Different Seasons is a collection of four novellas slightly related by a seasonal motif, only one of which—“The Breathing Method”—can be loosely termed a “supernatural horror story.” This foray into realistic or “mainstream” fiction has lured some critics into suggesting that Different Seasons represents King’s bid for “wider recognition,” an attempt to shed his title as “King of the Horror Writers,” but King claims he is quite content to be “typed” as a horror story writer. The three “non-horror” entries in Different Seasons are different simply because his creative imagination happened to take him—temporarily—out of his usual territory.
The four novellas which make up Different Seasons were composed at different times, each following the completion of a novel: “The Body” was written after Salem’s Lot (1975), “Apt Pupil” after The Shining (1977), “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” after The Dead Zone (1979), and “The Breathing Method” after Firestarter (1980), although the novellas bear little resemblance to the longer works that preceded them.
As the title indicates, the book is organized around the seasons, with each section bearing an appropriate subtitle. Thus, the first novella, “Rita Hayworth and the...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1983)
Library Journal. CVII, August, 1982, p. 1481.
Los Angeles Times Book Review. August 29, 1982, p. 7.
The New York Times Book Review. LXXXVII, August 29, 1982, p. 10.
Publishers Weekly. CCXXI, June 18, 1982, p. 64.
Time. CXX, August 30, 1982, p. 87.
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