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    Did you know that in his early years Stephen King sold typed copies of his short stories at his school? That it took him more than thirty years to write his legendary Dark Tower series? Or how about that Thinner was the novel that revealed his “Richard Bachman” pseudonym to the world?

    This is just a sample of some of the many fascinating facts, trivia, and little-known details about the life of King that can be found in Stephen Spignesi’s forthcoming book Stephen King, American Master: A Creepy Corpus of Facts about Stephen King & His Work.

    In this Rue Morgue exclusive, Spignesi reveals the haunting cover art for his highly anticipated book. Designed by Dean Samed, the cover pays homage to the Master of the Macabre and features King’s iconic typography re-imagined Cody Corcoran.

    Spignesi is a world authority on King, and his first novel Dialogues was hailed as a “reinvention of the psychological thriller.” The New York Times bestselling author is also a professor at the University of New Haven and Gateway Community College, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and musician.

    Stephen King, American Master is a must-read for King fans, and provides a variety of interviews, essays, and insights, from the casual to the fanatical.

    Stephen King, American Master is scheduled to be published by Permuted Press in October 2018. Stay tuned for release details.

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    I have an essay in this book. I added it to the wiki a couple of days ago.

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    I just remember how King is apparently annoyed by Spignesi and this type of stuff. Peter Straub compared him to someone following King around looking for bread crumbs or something like that.


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    I remember reading something about it in Phantasmagoria, if my memory is right. He wasn't happy about The Shape under the Sheet.
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    I love this bit:

    Did you know that in his early years Stephen King sold typed copies of his short stories at his school? That it took him more than thirty years to write his legendary Dark Tower series? Or how about that Thinner was the novel that revealed his “Richard Bachman” pseudonym to the world?
    Yeah... I think everyone here knows this stuff...

    "Did you know... that Joe Hill is Stephen King's son?" or "Did you know... that Stephen King is a Red Sox fan?"


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    I like the books by Spignesi. I also like the guy. A very nice dude. I just hope this new book will get into certain areas that all of us had no clue about, rather than the tidbits (as mentioned above) we all know about. Sort of like the Lost Works of Stephen King that was published sometime in the 90s, a book loaded with many neat surprises. From what I understood, Spignesi will get into stories like The Insanity Game, The Null Set and others, so there's bound to be some good info for the kind of fans who crave such things. Whether or not the book is important or something spectacular remains to be seen, and will be a matter of taste. There are worse books about King out there...and a few better. I'll definitely get this book...would seem strange to me not to, considering I have all the others he did. But basically we can probably all agree that almost everything related to King and his work has been written about by others, so maybe it's not really needed anymore.

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    My essay is about why I think people will still be reading King in 2068

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    I'll get the book as well.
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