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Five Discounted Stephen King eBooks For Those Who Like To Plan Ahead

I’m stealing this from the eHorrorBargains.com blog, which author Norman Prentiss resurrected this month, because I thought it would relevant for those of you who like to plan ahead!

The eBook editions of Pet Sematary, Bag of Bones, Everything’s Eventual, and 11/22/63 are just $2.99 each on Amazon today, and the eBook edition of The Shining is just $1.99, which is a huge savings off the retail prices.

I’ve added links via the covers below if you want to order today at these great prices so you can have the eBook edition ready to read down the road:

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Richard Chizmar Reading Carrie In His Office

Richard Chizmar was caught reading on the job today. For the record, he’s on page 145 of 199:

Richard Chizmar Reading Carrie

This would be a great time for you to join in and read along! You can order an eBook and start right now, and Carrie won’t take you long to finish. Here are some links:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
iTunes/iBookstore
Kobo

After Carrie, Rich will be reading ‘Salem’s Lot and posting his thoughts by Thanksgiving here in the US. Here are the eBook store links if you want to snag a copy of Stephen King’s classic small town vampire novel:

Amazon.com
Barnes & Noble
iTunes/iBookstore
Kobo

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How Carrie Happened by Bev Vincent

By 1973, Stephen King had been writing for twenty years and had been publishing short stories for over a decade. He had already embarked on his long road to the Dark Tower. However, he had yet to crack into print with a novel, even though he had written over half a dozen[1].

King had established contact with an editor at Doubleday named Bill Thompson who saw promise in his writing. Getting It On (aka Rage) and The Long Walk had piqued Thompson’s interest, but even after extensive rewrites the editor couldn’t justify acquiring either, and he showed little interest in The Running Man.

King was living with his wife, Tabitha, and two kids in a doublewide trailer in Hermon, Maine, just outside Bangor. He had recently given up his $1.60 an hour job at a commercial laundry (immortalized in “The Mangler”) for a $6400 a year position teaching high school at the Hampden Academy, a job that left him with little spare time or energy. Tabitha was working at Dunkin’ Donuts and he moonlighted at the New Franklin Laundry during summer vacation. If not for his wife’s support and encouragement, he might have given up on writing. » Read more

Introduction to Stephen King Revisited by Richard Chizmar

Like many longtime readers, I can chart the course of my life by when and where I read most of Stephen King’s books. Bag of Bones was sitting by a friend’s hospital bed every day for a week. Insomnia while laying in a hospital bed myself. Black House in a three day frenzy at the beach after a surprise phone call from Akiva Goldsman asking me to help adapt the novel into a screenplay. And IT, as a college junior, the week after I walked away from a collegiate lacrosse career that I believed at the time defined me as a human being. In that regard, IT may have just saved the life of a very lost and very confused young man. At the very least, it carved the path for my writing and editing career and gave me something to dream about again.

 

 

Pretty much all of Steve’s books are like that for me. Personal. Meaningful. Special. Most of the early ones seemed to magically come along at just the right time for me. I’ve listened to many other readers, writers, and editors tell me the same thing about Steve’s books and their own lives.
Richard Chizmar, from the afterword to PS Publishing’s anniversary edition of Christine

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Rereading Christine and writing the afterword was like traveling back to my youth in a time machine. I turned the pages, and I was a teenager again, carrying around a tattered, old paperback. Experiencing the novel for the first time. Walking the hallways of my high school. Hurrying to practice after the final bell. And hanging out with friends and classmates, kids very much like Dennis and Arnie and Leigh from Christine. » Read more

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