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    Do we have a list of dates when each King book was released? I mean day and month, not just year. It's easy enough for the newer books (just look on Amazon), but it'd be nice to have this reference for all of them.

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    Since full release dates were not generally recorded for books, it can be difficult to discover correct dates, especially for earlier books. Verified dates are listed in bold.
    1. 1974: Carrie (April 5)
    2. 1975: ‘Salem’s Lot (October 17) [Illustrated: November 1, 2005]
    3. 1977: The Shining (January 28)
    4. 1977: Rage (September)
    5. 1978: Night Shift (February)
    6. 1978: The Stand (September) [Uncut: May 8, 1990]
    7. 1979: The Long Walk (July)
    8. 1979: The Dead Zone (August 30)
    9. 1980: Firestarter (September 29)
    10. 1981: Danse Macabre (April 20)
    11. 1981: Roadwork (March)
    12. 1981: Cujo (September 8)
    13. 1982: The Running Man (May)
    14. 1982: The Gunslinger (June 10) [Revised: June 23, 2003]
    15. 1982: Creepshow (July)
    16. 1982: Different Seasons (August 27)
    17. 1983: Christine (April 29)
    18. 1983: Cycle of the Werewolf (November) [Trade: April 1985]
    19. 1983: Pet Sematary (November 14)
    20. 1984: The Talisman (November 8)
    21. 1984: Thinner (November 19)
    22. 1985: Skeleton Crew (June 21)
    23. 1985: The Bachman Books (October 4)
    24. 1986: It (September 15)
    25. 1987: The Eyes of the Dragon (February 2) [Limited: December 10, 1984]
    26. 1987: The Drawing of the Three (May)
    27. 1987: Misery (June 8)
    28. 1987: The Tommyknockers (November 10)
    29. 1988: Nightmares in the Sky (November)
    30. 1989: The Dark Half (October 20)
    31. 1990: Four Past Midnight (September)
    32. 1991: The Waste Lands (August)
    33. 1991: Needful Things (October)
    34. 1992: Gerald’s Game (May)
    35. 1992: Dolores Claiborne (November)
    36. 1993: Nightmares & Dreamscapes (September 29)
    37. 1994: Insomnia (September 15)
    38. 1995: Rose Madder (June)
    39. 1996: The Green Mile (March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29) [Hardcover: October 3, 2000]
    40. 1996: Desperation (September 24)
    41. 1996: The Regulators (September 24)
    42. 1997: Wizard and Glass (November 4)
    43. 1998: Bag of Bones (September 22)
    44. 1999: Storm of the Century (February 1)
    45. 1999: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (April 6)
    46. 1999: Hearts in Atlantis (September 14)
    47. 2000: On Writing (October 3)
    48. 2000: Secret Windows (October)
    49. 2001: Dreamcatcher (March 20)
    50. 2001: Black House (September 15)
    51. 2002: Everything’s Eventual (March 19)
    52. 2002: From a Buick 8 (September 24)
    53. 2003: Wolves of the Calla (November 4)
    54. 2004: Song of Susannah (June 8)
    55. 2004: The Dark Tower (September 21)
    56. 2004: Faithful (December 2)
    57. 2005: The Colorado Kid (October 4) [Hardcover: March 2007]
    58. 2006: Cell (January 24)
    59. 2006: Lisey’s Story (October 24)
    60. 2007: Blaze (June 12)
    61. 2008: Duma Key (January 22)
    62. 2008: Just After Sunset (November 11)
    63. 2009: Under the Dome (November 10)
    64. 2010: Full Dark, No Stars (November 9)
    65. 2011: 11/22/63 (November 8)
    66. 2012: The Wind Through the Keyhole (February 21) [Trade: April 24]
    67. 2013: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (June 4)
    68. 2013: Joyland (June 4) [Hardcover: June 11]
    69. 2013: Doctor Sleep (September 24)
    70. 2014: Mr. Mercedes (June 3)
    71. 2014: Revival (November 11)
    72. 2015: Finders Keepers (June 2)
    73. 2015: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (November 3)
    74. 2016: End of Watch (June 7)
    75. 2017: Gwendy's Button Box (May 16)
    76. 2017: Sleeping Beauties (September 26)
    77. 2018: The Outsider (June 5)
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    I would LOVE to have this info, but fear it will be VERY difficult to ascertain for all of the books. Great Idea, now for a little help from the community........

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    I'm going with the most accurate dates I can find for these. I can't say there aren't any mistakes.

    Carrie- 04/05/1974
    The Green Mile-03/27/1996, 04/25/1996, 05/24/1996, 06/27/1996, 07/25/1996, 08/29/1996
    Desperation-09/01/1996
    The Regulators-09/01/1996
    Bag Of Bones- 09/01/1998
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon- 04/06/1999
    Dreamcatcher- 03/20/2001
    Black House-09/15/2001
    From A Buick 8- 09/24/2002
    Colorado Kid-10/04/2005
    Cell- 01/24/2006
    Lisey's Story- 10/24/2006
    Blaze- 06/12/2007
    Duma Key- 01/22/2008

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    'Salem's Lot - September 5, 1975
    The Eyes of the Dragon - February 2, 1987
    The Dark Half - November 1, 1989
    Hearts In Atlantis - September 14, 1999
    The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - April 06, 1999
    On Writing - October 03, 2000
    Dreamcatcher - March 20, 2001
    Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales - March 19, 2002
    From a Buick 8 - September 24, 2002
    The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla - November 04, 2003
    The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah - June 8, 2004
    The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower - September 21, 2004
    The Colorado Kid - October 4, 2005
    Cell - January 24, 2006
    Lisey's Story - October 24, 2006

    This is all I could find for right now. Hope that helps!
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    Thanks for your help, Brice and Ricky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice View Post
    I'm going with the most accurate dates I can find for these. I can't say there aren't any mistakes.
    You have some of the ones I have Brice, so I think it's safe to say that they're correct.
    “In the information society, nobody thinks. We expected to banish paper, but we actually banished thought.”

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    Keep 'em coming, guys, this is great. Hopefully others too can plug in the holes in the list I've added to the first post.

    Thanks!

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    This is turning out great!
    Once again, a great idea. I am going to edit the catalog to include specific release dates we research and find.
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    Edited my previous post to add:

    The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla - November 04, 2003
    The Dark Half - November 1, 1989
    The Eyes of the Dragon - February 2, 1987
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    I'll just post a link to this site. Some of the release dates jive with what you have, but one or two don't.

    http://www.epinions.com/Books--19598...ist/pp_~1#list

    Great topic!!
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    Be careful with some of the information that is around on release dates. Its easy for the newer versions, but not for the earlier ones. Justin Brooks' book has many release dates but not all of them are confirmed.

    You should only quote a date if you can confirm it yourself by copyright page, ARC/Proof or publicity material from the publisher.
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    Most of the dates for the recent books came from off the publishers website. The couple I didn't get there were checked by comparing dates on multiple sites. I know some of them could be erroneous. Over the weekend I'll try to go back though the ones I posted and label those that are questionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Rabbit Trick View Post
    Be careful with some of the information that is around on release dates. Its easy for the newer versions, but not for the earlier ones. Justin Brooks' book has many release dates but not all of them are confirmed.

    You should only quote a date if you can confirm it yourself by copyright page, ARC/Proof or publicity material from the publisher.
    I would second Mr. Rabbit Trick's concern about accepting these without validation. Some of the early ones don't jive with information I have but who's to say who's right and who's wrong?

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    Good point about verification.
    Not sure how long now books have been usually street dated on a Tuesday, but looking at the list I see that Desperation and The Regulators show 9/1/1996-a Sunday, which seems odd. The Dark half shows Wednesday November 1, 1989.
    Storm of the Century shows as a Monday, Black House a Saturday.

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    Anything supposedly released on the 1st is suspect I think. The month may be correct but when no exact date is known the 1st is used.

    I've put in a disclaimer to the list. If any of the currently stated dates are erroneous, please let me know and I'll unbold them.

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    Pablo, you could simply put a (U) next to any date you have that is unverified, and at the bottom add a legend noting what the (U) means.

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    If I recall correctly, George Beahm used specific release dates in his book THE STEPHEN KING STORY. I think they were incorporated into his text and not in a comprehensive list. I'm not sure where he got them but George's research was always pretty good. I'll check when I get home tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedfulKings View Post
    I'll just post a link to this site. Some of the release dates jive with what you have, but one or two don't.

    http://www.epinions.com/Books--19598...ist/pp_~1#list

    Great topic!!
    Careful with this website. You have to be careful not to jump on the first date you see. They have dates for hardcover, paperback, eBook, etc. editions of each book.

    Just a heads up for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    Pablo, you could simply put a (U) next to any date you have that is unverified, and at the bottom add a legend noting what the (U) means.
    Maybe, but I don't want the list to look cumbersome. I think bolding, like I explained in the disclaimer, looks good.

    Now if we could locate more dates!

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    This would be very hard to do. I was just checking some resources, and months sure, but the day when The Shining was released? Whew, that's a toughie!

    Anyway, I'll see if I can contribute
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    I just had an idea to look at the New York Times archive. They archive every article that ever appeared since the paper's inception. Surely the would have articles on release of each King book?

    Let's see...

    Here's a review of Cujo, dated August 14, 1981: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...5BC0A967948260 - so it must've come out in August. And here's Different Seasons, also August: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...5BC0A964948260

    Here they all are, very interesting, history-wise, but no solid release dates: http://query.nytimes.com/search/quer...ll&sort=oldest

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    If you just want months, this web site has most of them (including all editions)

    http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?Stephen%20King

    I use this site for all authors I read, it's very informative.
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    Months are good, thanks for that. The days are also important

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    Anyone up to going through their collection of Castle Rock newsletters? I'll bet you'll find a lot of dates in there. SKEMERs archives, too.

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