I'm not totally new but close enough I guess. I registered for this site almost a month ago and in that time have read (completely) some threads (Cemetery Dance, Subterranean Press, PS Publishing, maybe 1 or 2 others), which has taken some time.
I'm not quite a collector (although my wife probably would say I am, since I like to buy new editions of books I already have), but I've been reading King for around 35 years and generally have a fondness for books as physical objects (bring on the slipcases and traycases, the illustrations, the heavy paper, leather, goatskin, ribbon, cloth, silk - you name it) and going to my first book fair a year ago (and two more since then) awoke the raging bibliophile within me.
Although I've never had the need to hunt down King special editions, Cemetery Dance's Doubleday Set has gotten my attention. I joined the Cemetery Dance forum maybe 3 weeks before coming here; then, after noticing that Google search results for questions about King and horror publishers usually brought me to TDT, I figured I'd cut out the middle man. It has been mighty informative and entertaining (but I wish someone would just come out and say why King won't work with Centipede Press again! Was it really just because Jerad asked too many times for permission to do SL? Which, by the way, everybody loves (including SK, if we take his handwritten note literally). I've heard hints that there's more to the story, but it seems like it's all hints. Bah! Maybe the truth is too sensitive and/or the only ones who know must remain silent out of loyalty to those from whom they learned it (which is fine, if so), but the curiosity is driving me nuts on this one ).
Anyway, despite pretty much being outside the collector world, I had previously heard of CD's 25th anniversary edition of It (still my favorite stand-alone book by anyone, pending a re-read (it has been many years since reading this, and lately my re-reads don't go that well (let's not discuss The Talisman))), obtaining a copy of which has become a chief goal in my life (a GE will be fine, but if the lottery comes through, I will be letter-hunting). In addition to that, a Centipede Salem's Lot would also be nice. And a Ziesing Insomnia GE (a more attainable goal, too).
Not sure I have a favorite DT character...
47, live near Boston (USA). I'm a big-time Celtics and Patriots fan (free Tom Brady! because millionaires with supermodel wives need my help), smaller-time Red Sox (yes, it should be "Socks," but I can't do anything about it) and Bruins fan. And I tend to be impatient with people whose musical taste differs from mine (which is just about everybody ). I also quite like jokes that only I get (sample: "Simon, you're better than ever") - although maybe this should just be called "talking to myself."
Moving on - as a King fan, he remains my favorite author, although I stopped buying new releases on day one years ago and have my peeves (not to criticize or troll, just to lay out my viewpoint since this is an "intro" post): spoilers (Duma Key could've been titled "Answer Key," for example), things that seem random (19, a riddle-driven train), etc. But I'm not saying he's bad (he's quite the opposite) or that he's lost it (he's still quite strong) or that he "jumped the shark after _____" (he's covered different topics and themes but never stopped being worthwhile), I'm (again) just telling you about me.
I think that's it. I hope to avoid being sufficiently abrasive to get banned (fair notice - I was "permanently" banned on another forum (not book-related), but managed to beg my way back on months later, and I'm still welcome there ), and continue to learn from all of you. People here seem to be pretty generous with information/answers etc.; all of you, pat yourselves on the back.
Good God this is a long post...
Somebody's gotta go back and get a shitload of dimes
"Any area of collecting only becomes really worth it when shared with like minded people"-Alec aka Anonymous
Welcome to the ka-tet and the palaver!
You don't have to be a collector to enjoy this site. Being interested in Stephen King enough.
Finally finished the series! Wow!
Loved it all! Just amazing!
I began Insomnia last night, while DT is still fresh in my mind.
I'm new to this Forum, and I mostly lurk. I have been reading SK's books since 1982 (when I was still a teenager). I recently discovered and have begun purchasing the limited edition King titles published by Cemetery Dance and PS Publishing, which I think are stunning.
Welcome to all of the newest folk.
Stay a while. Stayyyy... FOREVER!
You are all well met, hope you all enjoy this forum as much as I have since I've been here...
Welcome cryptkeeper. Go ahead and post in this thread three more times so that I can PM you. You made an offer on one of my auctions, and I can do better for you here.
Here's post number three.
I love the CD versions of Salem's Lot.
I can't wait for CD to publish The Stand.
I have six posts now, but I don't think I'm getting PMs yet.
How did you discover the Dark Tower?
Google, and the Stephen King Collector Forum
Who is your favorite character?
There are so many.
What is your favorite book?
"It" and "The Stand"
How old are you?
Where are you from?
West Islip, NY
do you have a nickname?
I'm using it.
how did you find this site?
Google and The Stephen King Collector Forum
Welcome back. The door is always unlocked, the coffee hot, and the beer cold.
[passes Glam Princess a bottle] Welcome back.
"P.S. I can't believe you do that pen thing. Awesome. Just fucking awesome."