Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished Softcover (2012) 
By Rocky Wood with David Rawsthorme, Norma Blackbum and Alan M. Clark.

The paperback edition of "Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished" (2012) is out. "According to books by Tyson Blue (The Unseen King), Stephen J. Spignesi (The Lost Work of Stephen King), and Rocky Wood et al.(Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished), there are numerous unpublished works by Stephen King that have come to light throughout King's career, including novels and short stories, most of which remain unfinished. Most are stored among Stephen King's papers in the special collections of the Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine, some of which are freely accessible to the library's visitors, while others require permission from King to read. Additionally, there are a number of uncollected short stories published throughout King's long career in various anthologies and periodicals that have never been published in a King collection." Rocky Wood discusses these numerous works and creates a canon for King fans to acknowledge the existence of these stories that have not seen print in book form. Fans who have not been able to afford the hardcover edition can now read Rocky Wood’s collection and reviews of rare and hard to find works by Stephen King, including:

1959 Charlie (unpublished short story)

1960 People, Places and Things (unpublished short story collection)

People, Places and Things is a self-published magazine sized collection of short stories written in 1960 together with his friend Chris Chesley and published using their own press. It comprises a mere 18 stapeled together pages. Copies were sold to school friends for about $0.10 to $0.25 each. The original collection consists of 8 short stories by Stephen King, nine by Chris Chesley, and one co-production; according to King only one copy of about ten is left – he owns it himself. The Stories:

The Hotel at the End of the Road - Two gangsters, Tommy Riviera and Kelso Black, find rescue in an old hotel whose ominous proprietor doesn't want money. He wants the men themselves – as part of his private museum of the dead.

I've got to get away - It's like waking up, but the dreamer remembers nothing, not even his name. Shocked, he realizes that he's working at a conveyor belt and knows only one thing: He's got to get away. But he is immediately arrested by guards who reprogram him – for the dreamer is nothing but a faulty robot who seems to lapse into humanhood from time to time.

The Thing at the Bottom of the Well - A small boy enjoys torturing animals: He tears out the wings of flies, kills worms or maltreats a dog with needles. One day, he is lured to a well by a strange voice and climbs down mesmerized. When his body is found, his arms are severed from the body and there are needles in his eyes.

The Stranger - A thief and murderer is waylaid by the Reaper himself.

The Cursed Expedition - Two astronauts land on Venus, finding an Earth-like atmosphere and believing to have found Eden. There is delicious fruit, the temperature is perfect. But when one of the crew is found dead, the survivor is too late in realizing that the planet itself – or at least its surface – is alive, finally swallowing him and his rocket.

The Other Side of the Fog - A mysterious fog serves as a door between dimensions. Pete Jacobs involuntarily travels into the future (the year 2007) and eventually to a world inhabited by dinosaurs. Helpless, he wanders from one dimension to the next, searching for his own.

Never Look Behind You - The short story written together with his friend tells about a mysterious woman killing in a most peculiar way.

1963 The Aftermath (unpublished novella)

1970 Sword in the Darkness (unpublished novel)

1974 The House on Value Street (unpublished and unfinished)

And lots more. (Thanks to Wiki)

There’s a misconception among many purchasers of this book that it contains actual reprints of stories by Stephen King. Let’s be clear so that buyers who don’t read the liner notes carefully understand: "Rocky Wood, who has also written 'Stephen King: The Non-Fiction' (Cemetery Dance) and 'Stephen King: The Literary Companion' (McFarland), which won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award, reviews, analyzes and discusses the works of King; he does not reprint them. You are purchasing the work of Rocky Wood, the author of 'Horror! Great Tales of Fear and Their Creators' (McFarland), a graphic novel illustrated by Glenn Chadbourne, which was shortlisted for a Black Quills Award; and 'Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times' (McFarland), with Lisa Morton and illustrated by Greg Chapman.

He has spoken at numerous conventions, including the SKEMER Con in Estes Park, Colorado (2003); Continuum 3 (2005) and Continuum 4 (2006) in Melbourne; Conflux 3 in Canberra (2006); the 2nd Annual Stephen King Dollar Baby Festival in Bangor, Maine (2005), the World Horror Conventions in Salt Lake City (2008 and 2012); the World Horror Convention in Austin (2011); the Bram Stoker Award Weekends (Burbank, 2009 and Long Island, 2011); Worldcon in Melbourne (2010); and has even addressed Stephen King's hometown Historical Society about the author's works and motivations. He has undertaken seven research trips to Maine, rediscovering many previously lost or unknown pieces written by King. He served as a Trustee of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) from 2008 to 2010; and was elected President of the HWA in 2008, and re-elected in 2010). He is also a proud member of the Australian Horror Writers Association. He has published non-fiction worldwide for over thirty years, and is recognized as one of the world's leading experts on King's work."

So, now that that’s cleared up, go buy a copy of the softcover edition of his latest exposition on Stephen King by clicking the link below and get to know a side of King as only Rocky Wood can show it.


Also pick up a copy of RAGE AGAINST THE NIGHT. “Under the onslaught of supernatural evil, the acts of good people can seem insignificant, but a courageous few stand apart. These brave men and women stand up to the darkness, stare it right in the eye, and give it the finger. These are the stories of those who rage against the night, stories of triumph, sacrifice, and bravery in the face of overwhelming evil. Rage Against the Night features the megastars of dark fantasy and horror-including Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, F. Paul Wilson, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Nicholson, Nancy Holder, Sarah Langan, Alexandra Sokoloff, and many, many more. All proceeds will be donated to Rocky Wood, author and President of the Horror Writers Association, who is battling motor neurone disease.”

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