Stephen King by Rocky Wood
Uncollected, Unpublished - Revised & Expanded Edition

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Major Updates in this Revised and Expanded Edition of Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished are only found in this edition. There are a multitude of interesting updates in the revised edition of the classic book about King's hidden work. This edition is likely to prove to the definitive book about King's uncollected, unpublished and lost works. Included in the new information are a series of newly discovered unpublished works - for many of these the author was able to secure Stephen King's exclusive and definitive statements about how they originated, and why they never saw the light of day. Many of these quotes are entertaining and even controversial. Previously unknown works include: Hatchet Head; The Ladies Room; another incomplete Western novel, and many more newly discovered works of Stephen King fiction.

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For a writer like Stephen King, who has put out work in a nearly non-stop frenzy since the 1960s, it is almost unthinkable that there's work he hasn't published. With over fifty books, scores of short stories, and a bafflement of non-fiction pieces, King is one of the most prolific writers of our time ... or, really, any time. What may surprise the uninitiated is that beyond the shiny bestsellers, there's a whole wealth of underground Stephen King material: work that has been published but never collected, work that has never been published, and work that has never been finished.

Wood covered (and continues to cover) it all - unpublished novels, unproduced screenplays, juvenilia, uncollected and unpublished short stories and poems, and non-fiction pieces. 
This update, the book's fourth, is the most significant ... (it) benefits from direct contact and comments from Stephen King himself.

King's involvement helps the book in two ways, the first and most obvious being that it clears up a lot of misconceptions about the validity of King's work. Over the years, a number of assumptions have been made about King's unpublished writing, sometimes wrong and sometimes misleading; as time goes on, some of those assumptions have become, for all intents and purposes, facts. Wood has waded through the apocrypha and gotten the gospel from the only man who knows the truth.  But while it's terrific to get the facts straight on King's unseen work, what really makes this version of Uncollected, Unpublished come alive are the quotes from King, reminiscences that cast a human light on this deep history of dates and titles and plot synopses.

About Rocky Wood

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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2012 his title, The Wind Throught the Keyhole made The New York Times Best Seller List.
Published July 10, 2011 by Cemetery Dance Publications. 400 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Horror. Fiction

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This together with Joe's mistreatment of their two sons, Joe Junior and Little Pete, proved too much for Dolores.

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In 1970, a young college sophomore read Robert Browning’s epic poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.” Inspired by its chilling images and ominous tones, the student turned to the nearest sheet of paper (bright green, it was) and began to write.

Oct 03 2007 | Read Full Review of Stephen King: Uncollected, Un...

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Wood does list many of these cross-references in the literary companion portion of his book, but I think his division of the stories into five worlds is too simplistic to describe the complex universe King has created.

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