The Lost Work of Stephen King: A Guide to Unpublished Manuscripts, Story Fragments, Alternative Versions, and Oddities

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The lost works include unpublished short stories and novels, childhood writings and college writings, nonfiction articles and essays that appeared in little-seen venues and were never reprinted, handwritten notes, poetry writings that appeared only in limited editions oddities, like stories in which King and his family members are the characters, comic book adaptations of King stories, reader-completed tales, and "almost" stories - tales King has thought about and discussed, but has not yet published. The ...
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Overview

The lost works include unpublished short stories and novels, childhood writings and college writings, nonfiction articles and essays that appeared in little-seen venues and were never reprinted, handwritten notes, poetry writings that appeared only in limited editions oddities, like stories in which King and his family members are the characters, comic book adaptations of King stories, reader-completed tales, and "almost" stories - tales King has thought about and discussed, but has not yet published. The seventy-five rarities discussed in The Lost Work of Stephen King provide insight into King's personality and his evolution as a writer, and offer fans a glimpse of hidden wonders they will likely never learn about any other way.
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Edward Bryant
...Spignesi is a writer himself with an enormous love for and curiosity about King's work and history....Persuasive citations suggest the appearance of images, themes, and stylistic signposts pointing toward King's later fictive interests.
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The author of three previous works about the modern master of horror describes unpublished manuscripts, childhood and student writings, nonfiction articles, and even poetry by King, providing insight into King's personality and his evolution as a writer. Seventy-five rarities are described and summarized, with selected excerpts and notes on how to obtain a complete copy of the work. Appendices review all of his mainstream material and film adaptations of his work, including student films and TV features. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Edward Bryant
...Spignesi is a writer himself with an enormous love for and curiosity about King's work and history....Persuasive citations suggest the appearance of images, themes, and stylistic signposts pointing toward King's later fictive interests.
Locus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559724692
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/1998
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface: The Hidden World of the Lost King
Introduction: Welcome to Our Nightmare!
Stephen King: A Life in the Dread Zone, 1947-2000
"Jhonathan and the Witches" 3
People, Places, and Things 5
"The Killer" 14
The Aftermath 17
"The Star Invaders" 20
"I Was a Teenage Grave Robber" 23
"The Glass Floor" 26
"King's Garbage Truck" 30
Sword in the Darkness 65
"A Possible Fairy Tale" 68
Slade 72
"Squad D" 78
"The Blue Air Compressor" 82
"The Hardcase Speaks" 84
Blaze 87
"Weeds" 90
"The Cat From Hell" 93
Wimsey 97
"The Night of the Tiger" 100
"Man With a Belly" 103
"The King Family and the Wicked Witch" 107
"On Becoming a Brand Name" 111
"Remembering John" 115
"The Lawnmower Man" 118
"Between Rock and a Soft Place" 122
"My High School Horrors" 125
Foreword to Harlan Ellison's Stalking the Nightmare 128
The Cannibals 131
"Skybar" 133
"Peter Straub: An Informal Appreciation" 135
"The Evil Dead: Why You Haven't Seen It Yet ... And Why You Ought To" 138
"Berni Wrightson: An Appreciation" 141
"A Novelist's Perspective on Bangor" 143
"The Leprechaun" 146
"Dear Walden People" 148
The Plant 151
"On The Shining and Other Perpetrations" 159
"Before the Play" 163
"Horrors!" 166
Silver Bullet 169
"1984: A Bad Year If You Fear Friday the 13th" 172
"My First Car" 175
"Keyholes" 177
"The Politics of Limited Editions" 180
Heroes for Hope Starring the X-Men 184
"My Say" 187
"Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Rick" 191
"Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes" 194
"For the Birds" 198
"Pinfall" 200
"Banned Books and Other Concerns: The Virginia Beach Lecture" 202
"How It Happened" 205
"The Dreaded X" 208
"My Ten Favorite Fantasy-Horror Novels" and "My Ten Favorite Fantasy-Horror Short Stories or Novellas" 212
"A Postscript to Overdrive" 215
"Why I Wrote The Eyes of the Dragon" 218
"What's Scaring Stephen King" 220
Foreword to Dave Marsh's Glory Days 222
"Turning the Thumbscrews on the Reader" 224
"Entering the Rock Zone, or How I Happened to Marry a Rock Station From Outer Space" 228
Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques 231
"'Ever Et Raw Meat?' and Other Weird Questions" 233
"Stephen King on Censorship" 236
"What Stephen King Does for Love" 238
An Evening at God's 242
"How I Created Golden Years ... and Spooked Dozens of TV Executives" 245
"Perfect Games, Shared Memories" 248
"The Book-Banners: Adventure in Censorship Is Stranger Than Fiction" 251
Introduction to The Fugitive Recaptured: The 30th Anniversary Companion to a Television Classic 254
"The Neighborhood of the Beast" 256
Introduction to The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script 261
Six Stories 263
"Everything's Eventual" 272
"The Wait is Over ..." 274
The "Almost" Stories 277
king.com: Stephen King on the Internet 285
The Final Word 291
App. A How to Become a Stephen King Collector 292
App. B The Royal Library: A Reader's Guide to the Work of Stephen King, from Carrie to Bag of Bones, 1974-98 296
App. C The King of Hollywood: Stephen King Movies, from 1976's Carrie to 1998's Storm of the Century 329
App. D Books About Stephen King 351
App. E: Sources and Resources 354
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2000

    Should be named 'GUIDE to the lost work of Stephen King'

    As a big King fan, I had high hopes for this book. But alas it was but a tease. Matter of fact, it seemed to rub my face in the fact that I don't have these 'lost works'. It doesn't have so much as a clip from any of these works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    It IS only a guide

    I came across this book while researching a graduate project. When I received the book I was disappointed to find out that the book I was hoping would have some of Mr. King's lesser read pieces actually contained only a list of them. The availability of finding any of those pieces is slim, none, and even impossible as the author himself admits. If you are a serious collector of the works of Stephen King (very, very serious collector) then this is an OK book. If you are hoping to get it and read some lost, overlooked works then please go elsewhere.

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