View Full Version : King Mistaken for Vandal in Aussie Bookshop

08-17-2007, 04:05 AM
This is some pretty weird stuff:

SYDNEY (AFP) - Best-selling author Stephen King was mistaken for a vandal as he horrified an Australian outback bookstore, local media reported Thursday.

A customer at the store in remote Alice Springs raised the alarm after noticing a man walk in off the street and begin writing in several books, manager Bev Ellis told national radio.

"As the owner of a bookshop, when you see someone writing in one of your books you get a bit toey (touchy)," Ellis said.

"So we immediately ran to the books and lo-and-behold here was the signature in several books. We sort of spun around on our heels, (saying) 'where did he go, where did he go'?"

Ellis said she saw the horror writer standing in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket across the road in the small desert town and went over to introduce herself.

"He was lovely, very nice, charming," she said. "He introduced me to his friends and we had a talk and then I said 'Well, I'll leave you to the tomatoes.'

"I don't think he wanted people to know he was here but I told him that if I knew he was coming I would have baked him a cake."

Of the six books that King signed, five would be given to community groups for fund-raising auctions, she said.

The sixth was bought by the customer who mistook King for a vandal.

08-17-2007, 05:10 AM

That was way cool of him to randomly up the value of those books like that. What a lucky customer, getting signed material without having to pay an assload of cash for it.

08-17-2007, 06:02 AM
No shit, I wish that would happen to me.

08-17-2007, 06:49 AM
Me too! That's way cool. :)

08-17-2007, 07:19 AM
That is a brilliant story...I'm sure SK was all the more amused by them mistaking him for a vandal :lol:

08-17-2007, 08:14 AM
True, I bet he LOVED that!!

08-17-2007, 10:34 AM
great story, steve. thanks for posting.

that king guy is such a trouble maker. :lol:

08-17-2007, 12:58 PM
:lol: Great story.

08-18-2007, 11:43 AM
Yeah, I wish Stephen King would show up in my house and start randomly writing in books. :D

08-18-2007, 11:47 AM
Actually, he was still a vandal. :lol: He wasn't mistaken for one, but I don't think I'd mind it a bit either

08-18-2007, 12:11 PM
Great story!

08-19-2007, 02:44 PM
Hehe :) A friend of mine at work just got back from the states and said she bumped into him at LAX wheeling his luggage around, and then caught the same shuttle bus, but i dont think they had a conversation or anything. Still, pretty cool I thought ;)

08-19-2007, 08:44 PM
Oh, I would totally have said, Mr. King, would you be willing to sign this?" In my best polite-Catholic-ass-kissing voice.

Life is too short, baby. :lol: