Just a short note...How many of you know that when Stephen King's novel Carrie was accepted for publication he had to be notified by telegram because he'd had the phone removed to cut household expenses? And that the hardcopy version sold only 13,000 copies, but 1 year later sold 1 million copies when it went paperback?
Honestly I've been frustrated with the endings of most of King's novels recently but have enjoyed his short fiction, so I would really love to have a new short story collection at this point. To be honest, I have copies of all of them already but want them collected in book form for ease of reading.
By my count, only including new fiction material since Full Dark, No Stars, there have been 12 short stories and 3 poems:
- Throttle (with Joe Hill)
- Mostly Old Men (poem)
- The Bone Church (poem)
- Premium Harmony
- Tommy (poem)
- Herman Wouk is Still Alive
- Under the Weather
- Mile 81
- The Little Green God of Agony
- The Dune
- In the Tall Grass (with Joe Hill)
- A Face in the Crowd (with Stewart O'Nan)
- Batman and Robin Have an Altercation
Several of these are quite long and the collection would easily be larger than many of his most recent collections.
Hey publisher! I want to pay money for stories I already own copies of. How crazy is that? Please indulge me.
It's most definitely time for another collection! I don't do the eBook thing, so I havn't had the opportunity to read most of his recent short story/novella material. I've read "Morality", "Herman Wouk is Still Alive" and "Under the Weather". That's it. I'm chomping at the bit to read the others! And hopefully they will throw in a few oldies that havn't been released, like "The Crate" and "The Blue Air Compressor"! I'll take anything, though. Anything!
I usually skip those releases; the ones that have one King story and the rest non-King. Who wants to read non-King stories? I'll usually wait until they are released in a King-only collection. I'm a Constant Reader, but one with a rather tight budget.