Teaching Stephen King

Horror, the Supernatural, and New Approaches to Literature

  • Authors
  • Alissa Burger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Why Teach King?

    1. Alissa Burger
      Pages 1-7
  3. Variations on Classic Horror Tropes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Alissa Burger
      Pages 11-25
    3. Alissa Burger
      Pages 27-41
    4. Alissa Burger
      Pages 43-58
    5. Alissa Burger
      Pages 59-70
  4. Real Life Horror

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Alissa Burger
      Pages 73-85
    3. Alissa Burger
      Pages 87-101
    4. Alissa Burger
      Pages 103-117
  5. Playing with Publishing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Alissa Burger
      Pages 121-135
    3. Alissa Burger
      Pages 137-151
    4. Alissa Burger
      Pages 153-169
    5. Alissa Burger
      Pages 171-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 177-211

About this book


Teaching Stephen King critically examines the works of Stephen King and several ways King can be incorporated into the high school and college classroom. The section on Variations on Horror Tropes includes chapters on the vampire, the werewolf, the undead monster, and the ghost. The section on Real Life Horror includes chapters on King's school shooting novella Rage, sexual violence, and coming of age narratives. Finally, the section on Playing with Publishing includes chapters on serial publishing and The Green Mile, e-books, and graphic novels.


King Stephen horror Gothic literature pedagogy vampire werewolf monster ghost school shootings sexual violence coming of age/bildungsroman serial publishing e-books graphic novels novel school violence

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-69469-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48391-1
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