Fan submitted reviews of Cannibals, The (Unpublished Work):|
Posted By: Theunsinkablehoff - February 12th, 2013 2:25:45 pm EST
I enjoyed "the Cannibals" very much. Don't stop there. What happens next?
Posted By: Chris - January 17th, 2013 5:42:10 pm EST
I really enjoyed 'Under the Dome'. Spent many nights up until 2:00am reading! So good! Dale Barbara is a great character.
Posted By: Tony - September 16th, 2012 8:34:18 pm EDT
I really liked how this story blossomed. I only wish there was a continuation and comclusion.
Posted By: BCatinella - August 2nd, 2012 1:37:58 pm EDT
Mr. King, I really like this story, it would probably make a great comic book! Anyway, I really like this story. Sincerely, Your number one fan (yes, i just quoted from one of your books)
Posted By: Phil - June 19th, 2012 5:17:50 pm EDT
I love this story and I think it would be great if it could finally be put down as an official novel for me to buy! I just finished reading Under the Dome and I saw this text inspired it so I thought I would give it a read, AND NOW IM HOOKED!! Please give this story an ending and if anybody reading this who liked The Cannibals, I suggest you go watch the movie The Divide, it's an absolutely incredible movie that fits very well the type of horror present in many of Stephen King's novels!
Posted By: Joey T. - February 19th, 2012 8:30:07 pm EST
Dear Mr. King, I have just made the mistake of downloading the story before reading the comments so it appears I now have an incomplete story. Well at least I have part of a story by my favorite author. Now I shall have to check back regularly to see if the rest is avaible. Fan Since the age of 12, Joey T.
Posted By: Dorie - January 16th, 2012 2:03:37 am EST
Oh great, I've been totally drawn into this story, and now I'll be plagued by a desire to know the end! Okay, you're responsible for this predicament Stephen King, now I'll expect you to resolve it! Quick, provide us expectant readers with the conclusion!
Posted By: Cyndi - January 2nd, 2012 3:13:48 pm EST
Even knowing I wouldn't be able to see the ending didn't stop me from reading it. Any chance of it being finished in the future? Would love to see where this goes. Thanks!
Posted By: Robin - December 17th, 2011 11:49:22 am EST
I kinda regret reading it, because now I want to know how it ends. -_- And I'm also slightly turned on.
Posted By: Michelle - December 17th, 2011 10:56:57 am EST
already scarred shitless! Thanks Mr. King :D
Posted By: Prettygirlrock - November 22nd, 2011 11:28:34 am EST
why would people have thought or even eat a human...cannibals scare me...
Posted By: Topa - October 22nd, 2011 10:11:52 pm EDT
the best story I never bought. c:
Posted By: Fairiegirl - August 14th, 2011 10:30:19 am EDT
Hey Steve!!! I was so psyched to read this. It's awesome dude. I love the way that the story came back to find you. I have read all of you novels,short stories, screenplays, comics,pretty much everything that you write. Love you. Your biggest fan
Posted By: Mack - June 26th, 2011 1:27:35 pm EDT
All i have to say is i love your'e Writing, And hope one day You will make a movie of THE DARK TOWERS. awsome Reading. take care u and ur family. Sign Cindy
Posted By: Brandon - April 18th, 2011 5:53:26 pm EDT
i just finished reading under the dome and let me just say it was Amazing! i love norrie calver, bennie drake, and scarecrow joe (probably because there all of the same age as me) but i just wanted to tell you what an amazing job you did on it.
Posted By: Apemanbela44 - April 8th, 2011 11:25:25 am EDT
Using a dome as a key plot feature reminds me of a young adult novel I read many years ago. It was called City of Darkness and was written by sci-fi author Ben Bova. In short: in a future time, the larger cities (NYC, Chicago, LSA, etc) are placed under domes due to pollution. The cities are opened for vacations from April 1 until Labor Day and feature all the "old-fashioned" amenities: gas-guzzling cars, movies, etc. A young man from the outside gets trapped in NYC inadvertently and must stay alive until the following April. He also finds out that not everyone left the cities before they enclosed... Read it to tatters when I was a kid.
Posted By: Sarah - March 19th, 2011 11:59:11 pm EDT
Just finished reading the novel not too long ago and it was great! I'm anticipating the film version of it.
Posted By: Jakey - December 20th, 2010 2:57:15 pm EST
Whew! It's kind of exciting to see some manuscript King, warts and all. It's a little more slow-going than I'd anticipated, but it is thrilling to see how much O Constant Author SAW this place as he was writing it. If I actually lived at the Tennis Club apartments (and thankfully I've avoided that misfortune so far...) I know who I'd turn to for directions. I loved the several meat allusions, including the Miss Piggy poster, and I can imagine you-know-who perhaps snickering--if such a man snickers--while he set that little detail down in ink before hiding it all in his closet for a decade or two. In any case, thank you, Mister King, for sharing a bit of work that creates a sort of background for the massively entertaining, touching, and inconceivably stressful work that was Under The Dome. Hope y'all have a Merry Christmas, by the way!
Posted By: Lenamartie - December 9th, 2010 11:06:54 am EST
I truely enjoyed the story. I hope Mr. King would finish it. I read the book "under the dome". I thought it was excellent....
Posted By: Jben2578 - November 3rd, 2010 9:59:37 am EDT
Reading a manuscript like this is awesome! You should put more naked work up. Please.
Posted By: Christian - October 14th, 2010 10:51:39 pm EDT
Very interesting how Mr. King found this manuscript. I'm very sure its as good as all his other books. Right now I'm reading IT very good book can't put it down.
Posted By: Greedyreader - October 11th, 2010 5:12:51 am EDT
Add me to the list of those begging for you to put more of the story up--I say please. Also, I think UTD was awesome.I liked not knowing what the hell caused the dome until the near-end. I also liked the reason. . . and how you didn't over explain, or get bogged down in the device. Trying not to spoil too much. Like children would play a video game? The characters seemed real (as usual). Only in real life would a man be saddled with the nickname of "barbie". Who would pick that for a hero? No one. Very cool. I feel like the release date for FD,NS will never come.
Posted By: JOsh - August 30th, 2010 10:06:23 am EDT
Incredible! Simply incredible. This is SO well-written, I am floored. What would interest me is this, Mr. King: which draft is this? The final? Or one of the early ones? Anyway, no wonder you became so world-famous! I am dying to read the rest of The Cannibals.
Posted By: Kjnrock - August 30th, 2010 3:54:29 am EDT
As I am sure SK has heard many times... I wish you would finish this. I hate to be left hanging.
Posted By: Devil's Advocate - August 11th, 2010 10:49:21 pm EDT
I liked the beginning of this better than UTD. I was pulled in quicker and wanted more from the get go. UTD lacked something for me, I didn't care as much as I usually do about the characters. I wanted to but didn't.
Posted By: Hollywood - July 7th, 2010 2:12:56 pm EDT
Use Hornsby's Defenders of the Flag on the film
Posted By: Betty - July 5th, 2010 1:40:06 pm EDT
I would love to read the rest!
Posted By: Destini - June 26th, 2010 3:44:44 pm EDT
Folks, its unlikely this will be finished. Mr King clearly stated that this work is what morphed into Under The Dome. I can understand wanting more though. As always he created characters that became alive, ones that you end up caring about. All I can say is WOW after reading both parts. I have a sneaky suspicion that as good as The Cannibals are ... Under the Dome is gonna wipe the floor with that manuscript. Thanks as always. A devoted fan.
Posted By: V - June 21st, 2010 1:09:33 pm EDT
I first read The Cannibals in one Autumn, kind of breezing day and of course my eyes blur cause the heavy light assaulted my eyes cause I read to long. but for me, it is worth enough even if my eyes blur or some kind of myopia as long the novel show up into me. great novel capable to sprinted distance and like King, no wonder he blew the other mythmakers away. this maine writer, possessed me with sudden. Freemantle
Posted By: Sheboatmd - June 14th, 2010 8:35:24 am EDT
Okay I came back for Part III for this wonderful story. I'm waiting...waiting...waiting... LOL
Posted By: My 2 Cents - June 8th, 2010 4:18:00 pm EDT
Alvaro/Ivaro. I recommend any of The Stand, Salem's Lot, The Shining, The Gunslinger series (6 books in all, I think), or Under the Dome. Of course, everything Steve has written is excellent. Enjoy!
Posted By: Alvaro Moreno De Alborn Y De Cominges - May 18th, 2010 4:59:28 pm EDT
Hello, I am a spanish guy (Europe). I will read a book write by you, what do you recommended me? lvaro Moreno de Alborn, 17 years.
Posted By: Ben - May 16th, 2010 6:46:48 am EDT
I am reading "Under the Dome" right now -- about 400 pages in. Anyone who claims the idea was swiped from "The Simpsons Movie" is an idiot. Although, I hope Steve has an opportunity to see it. It's kind of funny. It isn't the greatest thing ever but I think Steve would get a HUGE kick out of the "Spider-Pig" Theme. Ben
Posted By: Arfer - May 11th, 2010 7:32:50 am EDT
Why have I an eerie feeling I have read 'Under the Dome' before'? From the minute I picked it up I thought it was familiar, I recognised the characters, I recognised the demise of some and thought for sure this novel was an adoptation of a short story, previously published by Stephen King. Have I gone crazy or am I onto something here? Seeing under the rocks before SK turns them.
Posted By: Anonymous - April 26th, 2010 6:40:58 pm EDT
stephen king is awesome.
Posted By: Heidi - February 14th, 2010 12:15:00 am EST
In the opening of the Simpson's movie Bart's riding the skateboard naked. I'm getting a really strange image in my head what Mr. King would think of doing with that in a his version. :) As for the similarity-yeh-eh. Steve's the most original guy around. Read Under the Dome and loved it- of course! Read the Cannibals and keep hoping for more! That could turn into another story all together!
Posted By: Danny - February 10th, 2010 6:07:50 am EST
I'm totally stoked reading this. (I'm on page 25 now.) Cool thing is I get to read this BEFORE I get to read "Under the Dome." Very exciting stuff. Very creepy. And I live in an apartment complex too, which makes it that much more fun to read when the moon is full, and everyone's asleep. :)
Posted By: Merdoc - February 5th, 2010 7:28:52 pm EST
thank you for sharing this with all of us! personally I love seeing it with warts and all, it makes it more of a unique reading experience, and more importantly, something special.
Posted By: James - February 3rd, 2010 10:54:18 pm EST
Could you finish the story.... just for us. Pleeeeeaaaase i need to know what happens. btw youre a fantastic writer! really tense stuff.
Posted By: Alice - February 3rd, 2010 6:18:31 pm EST
This story is awesome. PLEASE finish it. I am but one of your many humble "Constant Readers", however, I'm a-beggin you. It's interesting that there is no "main" character in this story yet. Although that may play out later. Kind of reminds me of The Stand in that way. As always, thank you for your stories.
Posted By: Patti - February 2nd, 2010 12:43:22 pm EST
OK...now that I am completely "hooked" and enmeshed in the lives of these folks living in this apartment; do we ever get the whole story?
Posted By: RJ - February 1st, 2010 4:55:01 pm EST
OK - NOT fair! I have already read Under the Dome - Twice! And while looking for what is coming next on your site I find "The Cannibals" - YES I downloaded both of them immediately. I have been collecting and reading your books since the 70's - including "The Plant" - you can NOT leave me hanging on "The Cannibals" you MUST finish it!!! Please Please Please !!
Posted By: Excellent - January 29th, 2010 7:11:24 pm EST
Is there going to be a version three coming out?? I liked this story and was curious how the other pages are.
Posted By: Sloppy Joe - January 25th, 2010 1:46:37 pm EST
just finished it............ really loved it. I just hope there will be more. PLEASE?
Posted By: Marlene - January 23rd, 2010 11:15:15 pm EST
You continue to surprise and amaze me after more than 30 years, and that's more than I can say for my husband. What a joy to be amused by your writing. It's the little subtle daily things that your characters think and do that tickle me. I secretly think that you are my true soul mate and plan to know you even better in my next life. Keep on doin' what you do so well. PS - I love when you coin those new dirty words, too!
Posted By: Anonymous - January 22nd, 2010 1:12:33 am EST
when is the rest of the story coming out? i read both parts in 2 hrs and i want more!
Posted By: Excellent Novella - January 15th, 2010 5:55:02 pm EST
I am a life long fan who really admires the way you develop your characters. I also love your writing style, with most sentences short, precise, and easy to follow. It is hard for me to read other authors because none of them have a style that is quite like yours, and they do not have the ability to story-tell quite the way you do. I am an aspiring writer myself, and for me, it has always been a treat to read your novels, novellas, and short stories. It has taught me that in order for a novel to be good, you have to care about your characters. That is never a problem with your novels. This one, The Cannibles, exemplifies how talented you are when it comes to developing likable characters. I am bummed this never got finished because it was an awesome read. I especially liked Tom Hill's character. I have not read Under the Dome yet, but I will once I finish Duma Key (I am on page 520 right now, Edgar's daughter was just killed). Please keep writing. I am to the point where I would rather re-read your novels then read a new one from another author. You have always been my idol and I only hope that one day I can write half as good as you.
Posted By: Shelly M - January 10th, 2010 9:21:10 pm EST
Posted By: Jonnyb - December 30th, 2009 5:19:27 pm EST
just what is needed,an author giving his constant readers an insight to what his imagination can stretch even ordinary sits and make thrilling page turning excitement.after more than 25 yrs a fan i still love the work and constantly reread many of his books.duma key was class and the first impressions of under the dome has not dissapointed.problem is how to put the book down and switch to real world...
Posted By: Bunbun - December 30th, 2009 12:37:16 am EST
I love your books and am almost finished reading Insomnia. I recieved Under The Dome for christmas and can't wait to read it. I have my own little library of your books and find it very hard to read anything else. I have read alot of your stories and novels and found myself wondering if movies were going to made out of them. One of these was The Mist. My whole family loved this story as well as the movie. I hope to see Cell made into a movie as well. My kids (14, 12 and 9) are now addicted to your writing as well. I have on my bucket list as the first entry to "Meet Stephen King". I hope it happens one day!
Posted By: Kimberlee Taylor - December 29th, 2009 1:13:37 pm EST
I'd never read a book by Stephen King until the day before yesterday. I started it on Boxing night and had finished it by the next morning. It was his "On Writing", not an actual "story", and was a present given to me by Uncle, who know's that I'm an aspiring authoress. Compelled to check out the website for any excerpts I could find, I read The Cannibals with an indescriable lust. It was a fantastic piece of writing, crammed full of description and the characters were instantly recognisable for what they were. I'm purchasing Under the Dome and The Cannibals this evening, and I'm positive that they won't be a let down :)
Posted By: Zbetten - December 29th, 2009 12:12:28 pm EST
When I finished reading both parts - I wanted more but sadly I did not see anymore uploads or downloads or a trace of more to come. Its like going cold turkey! I am in pain! Do I dare hope that the other 440 pages may appear sometime soon as Part III and IV perhaps? PLEASE!!!!! What can I do or say to make this happen? Just like The Plant - I have been left with an ache......
Posted By: Judith Richie - December 21st, 2009 3:26:36 pm EST
I love it! When I got to the end of the first part I was devastated... then I realized there was a part II. Now I want more, please.
Posted By: JAMESTHEKINGFAN - December 17th, 2009 11:19:28 am EST
That first line in the first download should be proof of the unique talent that Stephen King possesses as a writer. And what a joy it is for King collectors to get a PDF version of manuscript pages. Speaking of sample manuscript pages, I was able to get my hands on the Stephen King Illustrated Companion, by Bev Vincent, which is the closest thing I've seen to an actual print biography of the writer (though it also analyses some of King's major works). There are pocket pages in the book which hold reprints--and I mean high quality reproductions--of Stephen King memorabillia, from the first galleys and newspapers from King's childhood to the Castle Rock newsletter. It was published by Barnes & Noble's own Fall River Press, and i think it's still on sale at the store for like $25. Check it out!
Posted By: Travis Smith - December 14th, 2009 12:20:40 pm EST
I love every book I pick up that says Stephen King on it(or Dick B.) I'm trying to forget about the Dark Tower saga so that I can read it again. Just finished The Long Walk and was amazed. A good author could take the simplest of ideas and hold the readers attention for a few hundred pages just on that idea. 100 boys. walking. you stop, you die. winner take all.... f#@!ing brilliant!
Posted By: Monica Copeland - December 10th, 2009 9:22:09 pm EST
I was first allowed to read your books 21 years ago, & I have thoroughly enjoyed each & every one of them. You have the talent to take us readers & immerse us in a different world for however long we wish to stay. & I have to thank you for that. Your other worlds were the only thing that kept me sane & the same is still true today. I hope to keep reading your stories for a long time to come yet. Hopefully the turtle will keep singing its song to you for a long time.
Posted By: Atticus Black - December 6th, 2009 12:18:05 am EST
I'm an avid fifteen year old reader and amature writer. I love your work and currently am reading Under The Dome. I have seen the simpsons movie and it is more like Lion King then Under The Dome.
Posted By: BrYaN - December 4th, 2009 11:46:34 am EST
Love it! (I'd pay a few bucks to read the rest of this unfinished manuscript!)
Posted By: Shayla - November 30th, 2009 3:46:59 am EST
I have been an avid reader of your particular art since I was twelve and I must say you never fail to entertain me. The worlds and senarios I've slipped into because of you.... Your work is genuinely one of a kind and I can not thank you enough! This new novel of yours is with out a doubt, a masterpeice. Unfortuately, it will never surpass my personal favorite The Dark Half. As I'm sure you can understand why. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you give to us adored readers!! You are a godsend to us fans!
Posted By: Eva** - November 29th, 2009 7:40:16 pm EST
I'm a huge fan and I hope you'll publish the other part.... (PLEASE!!!!) I can't wait to read The Dome and I hope it'll arrive her soon!! Keep writing marvelous stories!!! (sory for my poor English) Eva from Argentina :)
Posted By: Matt - November 26th, 2009 6:07:45 pm EST
Please post the whole thing in parts?
Posted By: Amanda8 - November 25th, 2009 1:51:43 am EST
My first thought was"King's version " of " Hotel California".I can't wait to get the book and finally finish this story. I cannot start reading another book untill I finish this one; as I could never stay focused untill I know the end. Somehow, this takes me back to my search for the Dark Tower books.
Posted By: Anonymous - November 20th, 2009 3:53:54 pm EST
This is very cool. A look inside the mind of S.K. as a young writer! I love looking at the mark-ups. Thanks for the insight!
Posted By: Krissy - November 20th, 2009 9:45:23 am EST
I am currently reading The Dome and eating it up! But - I really liked The Cannibals... will there be anymore excerpts?
Posted By: ClarkieDude - November 16th, 2009 3:34:47 pm EST
According to what I recall reading in "Danse Macabre" years and years ago, Mr. King had completed considerably more of "The Cannibals"--but memories fade. Thank you so very much for printing what survived of "The Cannibals" from so many years ago.
Posted By: Michael Beck - November 15th, 2009 4:34:42 am EST
Just started "Under the Dome". I'm really loving it. Since I knew about how it all got started (from Wikipedia) I love that you make those manuscripts available to your fans! Much love from one of your biggest fans (aren't we all? :)) - Michael from Berlin
Posted By: Robertkent.net - November 13th, 2009 11:33:22 am EST
Can't wait to read this! I'm loving Under the Dome (Lester Cloggins has me in stiches so far) and it's really nothing like The Simpsons movie. But you MUST SEE The Simpsons movie!!! How can you be a pop culture king, or whatever title you like, and miss out on The Simpsons movie? My God, man.
Posted By: Lazybookworm - November 7th, 2009 9:54:09 am EST
nice. sounds kinda like a Bachman novel. has almost the same tone as in The Regulators. will part III come out?
Posted By: Anonymous - November 5th, 2009 1:42:11 pm EST
Thanks You! But where is part III?
Posted By: Mattgreenbean - November 4th, 2009 11:18:47 am EST
Great way to get people super excited about the new version. AWESOME!!!
Posted By: Bmac444 - November 1st, 2009 10:38:59 am EST
I need part III. Or publish this book so I can purchase it and finish reading the story.
Posted By: RussH56 - October 31st, 2009 12:42:32 am EDT
I've never seen the Simpsons Movie, but from the previews I thought it looked like a spoof of Dr. Doom's Latveria from Marvel comics.
Posted By: Kate - October 28th, 2009 12:09:42 am EDT
Yeah, like they said, wanna see more!!!
Posted By: REgi - October 27th, 2009 4:07:19 pm EDT
I've been an avid reader for a long time so I need another dose of "The Cannibals". I also ran into a wall -- the pages stopped coming! As the general consenus says -- more please. :-)
Posted By: MsCharlieJ - October 26th, 2009 1:35:53 pm EDT
Thank you. How very enjoyable.
Posted By: Daniel T. McKay - October 25th, 2009 8:20:55 pm EDT
I was wondering where was the lost manuscript? I lost a manuscript of what I thought would be my greatest work. It was on a computer disc and the file was corrupted. I have never got it to open. Taught me a lesson on having a backup. Mr. Kings was a hardcopy so I was wondering if Im not stepping over the line and gettign to personal where was it. Daniel T. Mckay
Posted By: Tlandin - October 24th, 2009 4:11:10 pm EDT
I just love studying good writing, and this manuscript is providing a treasure trove of gems. Along with the wonderfully nostalgic melange of IBM Selectric type fonts (with that glitchy "E" on one of them), it looks as though two or three people have made handwritten edits throughout. These are really interesting, too, as some of them are on-target and others, eh, not so much (IMHO). But overall, it doesn't look as though anyone as taken a Big Red Pencil to the copy, so we're treated to a largely untouched draft that reads remarkably well. Please keep it coming!
Posted By: Theonlydew - October 21st, 2009 4:49:23 pm EDT
I am hooked like a junky to his junk... I need my fix Mr. King...
Posted By: Big Black - October 21st, 2009 10:46:41 am EDT
Nice to finally read this - thank you. J.G. Ballard would probably have liked it.
Posted By: Constant Reader - October 20th, 2009 3:38:06 pm EDT
Posted By: Epninos - October 20th, 2009 11:04:03 am EDT
A huge favor to your fans, Stephen. Please, release the other pages of "The Cannibals" here in the SK Library. It's not only an interesting story, but what I find extremely interesting is how your writing develops (all those misprints and corrections), especially when we compare it with "The Dome" in a few days. Emmanuel Ninos, English teacher & teacher librarian, Athens, Greece.
Posted By: Leonard Baker - October 18th, 2009 12:38:58 am EDT
For God's sake man, please, you must finish this idea. This may have been the seeds for ..Dome, but Franklin, Pulaski, the creepy Mr. Rinaldi and the other excellent characters deserve a chance to see the light of day. Please, don't tease us like this Mr. King. I love the excerpts, don't get me wrong, but this story cries out to be finished. I know this will not sit well, but the ..Dome excerpt does not grab me by the throat like this subliminal yet very terrifying concept you came up with here. You are truly the master, no matter how you may protest that title, but rest assured, you are the Buddy Rich of horror/supernatural/fantasy (the Dark Tower series anyone? Combines all three.). Please? Don't make me beg, 'cause I will!!
Posted By: Shan - October 18th, 2009 12:09:15 am EDT
Those two parts were very good, I'm already hooked my the mystery of what's happened to this building and am curious to find out what's in the sports complex - as well as where everything is heading. Here's hoping for Part III.
Posted By: Quadraxis14 - October 17th, 2009 12:10:56 pm EDT
"Apartment dwellers find themselves trapped inside their building." Hah, sounds very interesting. There's a Playstation 2 game with a similar premise called Silent Hill 4: The Room, only when it tries to be scary it's either hilariously so or just damn weird. I've always liked your stuff, especially when there's a sense of isolation (i.e. The Shining), and yet you find a way to keep the reader intrigued with the dark humor and casual, sometimes poetic writing style. I'll definitely be looking into this one, that is if I can find the time between reading The Dark Tower series and some dreaded school reading assignments.
Posted By: Alwaysafan - October 16th, 2009 4:32:01 am EDT
wonderful reading as always. I hope there is more of this to come. Gotta find out what happens!!!
Posted By: Nancy - October 15th, 2009 12:27:47 am EDT
Stephen King, who is a film buff and played in a band with Matt Groening hasnt seen The Simpsons Movie? (imagine a emoticon here that has eyebrows turning into elevated crescent moons). Nevertheless, the possibility of plagiarism never once crossed my mind. Im happy that these chapters were put up to convince the doubters so now we have something to tide us over until the 10th of November (more than 1000 pages worth of new King material - I already alerted my dads chiropractor that I might drop by a couple of times next month). Its a testimony to Mr. Kings that sixty pages consisting of two guys trying to open a door kept me glued to the screen. I started reading and every five minutes or so, Id tell myself, Okay, one more page and then its off to bed - youve got an early class in the morning, kiddo!, but I ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. When I read on wiki that an additional sixty pages were put up I actually shrieked with delight, embarrassing myself in front of the other students in the computer room. Mr. King, thanks for putting this up! Best wishes from Holland!
Posted By: Constant Reader - October 14th, 2009 2:59:07 pm EDT
As usual, a wonderful story. Thank you so much for this gem and like so many others here, I would love to read more!
Posted By: Mwbloomrose - October 12th, 2009 3:12:33 am EDT
Very compelling installments; I too hope there is a third coming. Not only was this an interesting peek behind the curtain of the inspirations/sources of "Under the Dome," it is a worthy story in its own right. It would be a pity to be left wondering what Tom and Jo talk about over their coffee and brandy, what the delegation finds in the sports complex, or what Rinaldi and Pulaski's next moves are.
Posted By: Elbon645 - October 11th, 2009 4:30:46 pm EDT
great story, please continue posting chapters. thank you. RJN.
Posted By: Waxwing04 - October 11th, 2009 10:56:54 am EDT
sometimes the first draft is best, as it gives the reader what the author originally thought without the complications of the second and third rewrites.
Posted By: GtvManager - October 10th, 2009 9:09:49 pm EDT
Thank-you so very much for uploading these manuscript pages! I didn't realize how quickly I would breeze through these - if that says anything about the pace I will devour UTD. I do have one request, and I'm not alone in this (there's an entire movie theater and numerous friends who will back me up on this), please - come to Portland! Your books come up in discussions on a nearly daily basis, and we would be camping out just to get the chance to shake your hand! We can't wait until UTD hits shelves, and again, thank-you so much for this "appetizer". There is no one who can match your writing.
Posted By: Constant Reader - October 10th, 2009 6:50:23 pm EDT
I love this like everything else Stephen King writes! I can't wait to read more. :)
Posted By: Roy LaPish - October 10th, 2009 5:42:27 pm EDT
More, more, more. I'm trapped in my house. The door won't budge and I can't break the glass. (Although my internet seems just fine.) I need to know what is going to happen to me. I need MORE!!!
Posted By: JudsonP2 - October 8th, 2009 6:02:29 am EDT
I wonder when the third installment of The Cannibals is coming out.
Posted By: Callie - October 6th, 2009 11:48:26 pm EDT
it will be a long time till nov.
Posted By: Patric - October 6th, 2009 9:46:44 pm EDT
As with the vast majority of Mr. King's writings, I think this piece is outstanding because it's written in a way that I "think"...... as if my imagination/inner voice is telling me a story. I hope that releasing this body of his work and its positive reception by us, Constant Readers, will inspire him to finish The Plant soon. Thanks for all of your great work.
Posted By: JudsonP2 - October 6th, 2009 2:01:02 pm EDT
I have a feeling that the plot for this story is going to be similar to his novella The Mist.
Posted By: Mylife4usk - October 6th, 2009 10:45:21 am EDT
Just finished reading the 2nd part am hoping there'll be a 3rd. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Steve& Ms Mod! Under The Dome is only a month away but now seems like forever. Thanks for the added anticipation!? As if we all needed an extra dose of that!? haha Peace, CJ Stephen King Rules! ps. All y'all check out "SKT" on the SKMB!
Posted By: Dwalters - October 5th, 2009 9:22:06 pm EDT
I'm a huge fan and every now and then when I hear about something you've written that has only been halfway completed and remains unpublished and/or forgotten, a little piece of me sadly thinks "I will never own the complete works". Thank you so much for releasing this and I hope to see more in the future.
Posted By: David - October 5th, 2009 4:44:34 pm EDT
Stephen King is the only writer that can take his time to describe the building's history, the character's job, what his kitchen looks like, the pictures on the walls, and on and on yet still keep me glued to the page. I love the slow, drawn out pace. He takes his time to let you get settled into the world he's created and really feel a part of it.
Posted By: Noel - October 5th, 2009 4:38:00 pm EDT
Thanks a great deal for uploading the next sixty pages of the story. Interestingly enough, the entire time that the three males were trying the phone, I was wondering why someone hadn't tried to break the glass yet. Well, that idea was explored fairly quickly. The most effective aspect of this second installment was the pure sense of wrong, of something alien. The strange light, the flickering cars, the lack of give on glass or door, the sped-up voice of Tom's secretary...there's no rational explanation for it. In most situation of duress, a connection can be made between even the most varied of circumstances, allowing for some sort of perspective to be derived from the situation. Here, in the Tennis Apartments, nothing that happens has any possible sane explanation. When glass is hit, it breaks. Simple rule of physics, of the world. Yet, here, those simple rules don't apply. Something else is going on. Despite this story not being finished, nor published, as an idea, I think it stands as a very high quality piece of writing, easily on par with your other published works. I don't know if this quality is maintained across the duration of your remaining manuscript, but with open arms I would welcome the oppurtunity to decide for myself. Please consider posting more of this rare, lost treasure of literature. And, of course, thank you for taking the positive feedback into consideration, and posting the second installment.
Posted By: E.Freemantle - October 5th, 2009 12:28:56 am EDT
Cannot wait for more. Thakee Sai King. Rock On. Ron Scott Sippel
Posted By: Don From Austin - October 3rd, 2009 11:05:53 pm EDT
Only 7 full pages of the building's history? A shame. I really wanted to know where the contractors bought the bricks. :-) The story really started on page 8. Sorry, don't mean to be rude. I'm a huge fan and generally think your character developments are right up there with Richard Russo's. Just keeping it real.
Posted By: Whitney - October 1st, 2009 1:10:22 pm EDT
I enjoyed reading this. I wish there were more to read...the build up of tension is always a characteristic of your books that I really love. Great stuff, too bad it had to end so soon.
Posted By: Will29 - September 30th, 2009 8:37:29 pm EDT
Stephen King you are once again the best person for me to go to when I need something to occupy my mind. Thank-you so much for giving me your awesome stories through the years. You are my favorite and always will be. I hope you read this man. Will
Posted By: JMan - September 30th, 2009 6:20:53 pm EDT
This is a very good rough draft. You should consider trying to have it published. You display a certain closet talent that I think warrants publication. If not this work, certainly some future, more polished work.
Posted By: Aragrist Larr Kahn - September 30th, 2009 1:19:28 pm EDT
I just downloaded "The Cannibals" and plan to read it as soon as I finish my writing for the day. I have read the comments so far and they all seem to like this story so I think as a fun teaching tool you should just release the whole manuscript as is and let the fans create their own endings and post them. It would be a fun exercise for amateur writers like myself to work with the lord of storytelling himself. On a side note, I have noticed everyone wishing you a happy birthday but I recall you saying before that you wish it would just pass by unnoticed. I hope everyones well wishes did not make you feel older than your mind actually is. One final request... please come to southern California to do some book signings. I have never met you in person or have had a signed copy of any of your books and I really want one before I die.
Posted By: Stan Johnson - September 29th, 2009 7:51:30 am EDT
Before reading this or seeing the Simpson's movie, I would also suggest that variations on the idea have appeared in, among other places, a book by an author whose name escapes me called Stinger, where the dome or force field came from an alien craft (not a great book but not bad either), a zombie story in a collection to which you also contributed, and, of course, in the Superman comic series (the tiny city in the jar kept in the Fortress of Solitude). Oh yeah, don't forget Zardoz. I could probably go on and on, but it's all just variations on the theme that basically we're all in a fairly small, very fragile environment, where the danger from without is probably less than than the danger from within.
Posted By: Tyson Blue - September 28th, 2009 8:21:25 pm EDT
Steve: As one of the few who have been lucky enough to have already read UNDER THE DOME (and what a treat you are in for, the rest of you!), it is doubly fascinating to get this sneak peek into the evolution of this fantastic novel. I love the ragged-edged, hand-noted , warts-and-all presentation, which gives us even more insight into the creative process that led from this second go to the oh-so-different finished version. I'm overjoyed that we'll get to see a little bit more, and would love to read the whole thing, just as it is, and so, I am sure would everyone else. Best to you and the family; perhaps we'll run into each other at Legal again.
Posted By: Jeff - September 28th, 2009 5:44:22 pm EDT
Reminds me of an apartment complex I lived in years ago in Acton, MA. Good stuff! Keep it coming.
Posted By: Beachnutt - September 28th, 2009 7:57:10 am EDT
Thanks so much. I just found this link this morning. I'm still fairly new to navigating around the forum and can't find things as quickly as I'd like! I always eat your stories up!!!!
Posted By: Hellz_bellz - September 28th, 2009 6:12:40 am EDT
Every modern horror writer has had no choice other than to at least borrow from the great master Stephen King. He has directly influenced modern storytelling as we know it. In fact, as in drooling fan of both King and the Simpsons, I can tell you that the show's writers are obvious King fans as well - his stories have been hilariously referenced several times in Simpsons episodes (see the classic Treehouse of Horror episode "The Shinning"). Can't wait to read "The Cannibals" & "Under the Dome". Check out Stephen King as himself in the Simpsons episode: "Insane Clown Poppy" Marge: So, Mr King, what tale of horror and the macabre are you working on now? Stephen King: Actually, I'm taking a break from horror for the time being. Marge: Oh, that's too bad. Stephen King: At the moment I'm working on a biography of Benjamin Franklin. He was a fascinating man who discovered electricity, and used it to torture children and green mountain men. And that key he tied to a kite - it opened the gates to HELL. Marge: Well, when you go back to horror will you let me know? Stephen King: Will do. [writes down a note: CALL MARGE RE: HORROR]
Posted By: Virginia Marciano - September 27th, 2009 7:31:36 pm EDT
Great beginning..can't wait to read more!!
Posted By: TommyZ1 - September 27th, 2009 7:26:33 pm EDT
It reads like a true original and I echo the same as everyone else: thanks for the rare glimpse! To compare the similarity of Dome and the Simpson' s Movie in terms of a bubble isolating a town stops there. It is largely a coincidence and nothing more, but both are two very different stories. Can't wait 'til November for Under The Dome!
Posted By: Miss Discipline - September 27th, 2009 6:02:33 pm EDT
Happy Belated Birthday... Just another SK junkie loving everything you write and I found it rather amusing that you had to defend yourself about the Simpson's Movie. NO doubter here! YOU DA KING!
Posted By: Ocdobbs - September 26th, 2009 10:34:30 pm EDT
Hi I downloaded, after several tries, the pdf and will enjoy reading it although it will be in the unfinished recesses of my mind along with The Plant for God knows how long. Speaking of similarities, I have noticed many in the years since 1976 when I started reading your books. I see so much of the Twilight Zone and other stories but that's not to say you copied them, rather they were inspirational I am sure as we all are by your books. Look at Cell for example and then Dawn of the Dead...two great stories, both with zombies, but very different and both wonderful journeys. When I watch LOST I am reminded of your work all the time in many ways and with so many authors over the years, complete originality is a non-existant thing. If someone were to write something completely orignial it would not be understood by anyone on this planet as it would be in a different culture and language such as the TOmmyknockers LOL Thanks for the years of enjoyment and journeys, so much so for The Stand which I reread for the like 20th time just like it was the first.
Posted By: Kevbot - September 26th, 2009 10:15:10 am EDT
Mr. King, I have rarely been more thrilled at any point in your career as I am right now. You seem to be rediscovering all these hidden classic gems, like Blaze and The Cannibals. If you would be so kind as to share another chunk of this awesome story, I'd love to read it!
Posted By: Olde English Villain - September 26th, 2009 1:59:26 am EDT
PLEASE MORE CANNIBALS! I loved seeing the writing process at work in this story. The first couple pages felt like a free-write, but as the story gained speed, I couldn't help but marvel at Stephen's brilliance at flushing out a story. I'd be thrilled to read the rest of this and find out what happens next. I also wouldn't mind seeing the first drafts of some other King novels I love, like "IT", just so I can wallow in the genesis of it all.
Posted By: Jeff - September 25th, 2009 6:00:32 pm EDT
Having read about it back in 1989 I say it's been a long time coming! I never thought I'd see it, to be honest... any chance we can get more? (pretty please)
Posted By: Stephen Rodgers - September 25th, 2009 5:13:32 pm EDT
Late birthday wishes Mr King,all the best. How silly to assume that this is a deliberate simpsons story theft ,this was written first and very interesting as well. Cant wait to read the new Novel.
***DARK TOWER SPOILERS***
I dont know if you read these pages ----- BUT --- just in case ,i need to ask if we will ever find out what happened to the belt that Rolands mother made for him .Roland shot his Mother in the bedroom thinking that Rea the witch was going to kill him after seeing her behind the curtains. At the end of Wizard and Glass Roland says ---- and i quote hopefully correct as its from memory, Roland says to his new friends Eddie, sussanah,Jake and oye ,"The story of how i lost the belt covered in my mothers blood is for another day" .. Mr King i wanted to ask this question to you when i met you at Borders Books in London in 2006 and also that same evening at Battersea Park Arena but i was terrified at being knocked back ,i wish i had asked as i may never get the chance to personely ask again.Please come to the UK again. This looks to be an amazing tale in its own right and i hope you read this and it sparks some hunger to tell this tale that ONLY you truly can. Thank you very much for all the Great reads and long may they continue Steve
Posted By: GirlfriendInAComa - September 24th, 2009 8:21:27 pm EDT
Oh I am so excited to read this! Thank you for this treat and I do hope you had a wonderful birthday.
Posted By: Noel - September 23rd, 2009 9:13:17 pm EDT
Thank you, Mr. King, for this glimpse into an unfinished work. While it is quite absurd to think you ripped off 'The Simpsons', I am more than pleased with the end result of the accusations. While the chapters started slow, the gradually building dread of the situation was extremely well placed, with my personal favorite being Pulaski's revelation that there is absolutely no give to the door handle. I assume that the odds of seeing the rest of your unfinished manuscript are low, but I would certainly welcome it with open arms. My guess would be your primary reason for not doing so would be the familiar ground tread between this and Under the Dome. Not to mention the entire issue of it being unfinished. Regardless, it would be quite excellent to see you post the remainder of this once Under the Dome has been out for a while. At least think about it. Thank you for the wonderful books through the years, which were not only compelling stories, but the tools I used to teach myself to read.
Posted By: Leighjavu - September 22nd, 2009 9:42:08 pm EDT
Ouch! I left a post here that was a cranky knee-jerk reaction. I failed to process the paragraph you wrote about coincidences. My bad. I apologize for the acid tongue remarks. If I may, I'd like to post anew. Having a mind so full of ideas to create dire fictional scenario's, it is highly likely that another person's mind hit a similar wavelengh in their quest to create a scary plot. Surely they had alot to scratch off the list as already been done. So Homer will never be mauled by a St. Bernard, Lisa will never shoot flames through telekenesis , Bart will never bury an elephant in a pet cemetary and Marge will never start walking to Nebraska. (or will they?!)
Posted By: Anonymous - September 22nd, 2009 9:10:20 am EDT
Clearly, a pastiche of The Simpsons...
Posted By: Jennie - September 22nd, 2009 6:43:08 am EDT
Just downloaded this and can't wait to get my teeth into it. Happy Birthday fellow September baby!
Posted By: The Ricster - September 22nd, 2009 12:43:38 am EDT
Happy Birthday my friend, and may you see many, many more. By the way, thank you immensely for the many trips you've taken me on. Were it not for you, I would not know anything about Breakers, or hedge animals, or oil slicks, or clowns, or Trashy (spelled M-O-O-N), and I doubt if I would be able to recognize Flagg, in his many personas. Thank you mostly for completing Roland's journey! I am forever in your debt. Enjoy your day, peace - out...
Posted By: Editme - September 22nd, 2009 12:18:27 am EDT
Help! I can't download the PDF. I'm on a Mac, using Acrobat 9, but I keep getting an error message. Would love to read the story.
Posted By: Thewordisnineteen - September 21st, 2009 11:30:58 pm EDT
Steve, you've gotta shorten this into a short story for your next compilation. Could you PLEASE PLEASE tell us what happens in the end? Who are "the cannibals"? Why are the Tennis Club people stuck in the lobby? These are answers we MUST know.
Posted By: The Vasquez Clan - September 21st, 2009 8:46:14 pm EDT
Thank you for everything you have ever written. I love every novel I have ever read and now my 11-year-old son is starting to read all my old paperbacks. I do confess I have had most of them for more than 15 years. Thank you again for writing, Amanda and Layton Vasquez
Posted By: The Vasquez Clan - September 21st, 2009 8:38:36 pm EDT
Thank you for everything you have ever written. I currently love every novel I have ever read and now my 11-year-old son is starting to read all my old paperbacks. I do confess I have had most of them for more than 15 years. Thank you again for writing Amanda and Layton Vasquez
Posted By: Jesse Lee - September 21st, 2009 8:09:18 pm EDT
I'm really looking forward to Under the Dome. An additional Happy Birthday to you Mr. King, and of course, many more. (I've always wanted to tell you this, and since I may never get the chance to tell you face to face, I'll do it now. I've been a fan since Carrie first came out. When you used the phrase "Constant Reader" in the introduction to Night Shift, my first reaction was "Hey, he knows!" You establish a connection with the reader that few others have been able to do. Live long and well!)
Posted By: Julie - September 21st, 2009 4:37:57 pm EDT
Happy Birthday! I have been reading you since I was 7!! I am now 38! My mom gave me my first King book and I have been hooked ever since!!
Posted By: Nissanchick - September 21st, 2009 4:04:44 pm EDT
Speaking of Plant Food (Leighjavu) any news on the Plant? Happy Birthday !
Posted By: Francois - September 21st, 2009 3:09:15 pm EDT
I've noticed the similarities between The Dome and The Simpsons before, but as you say, no two imaginations are alike. That is something I definitely believe in. If one were to take a basic idea,there is a chance that idea has been used before - that's why one should work on it. Thank you for the excerpt, I'll be reading it tonight (right after finishing The Green Mile of course)!
Posted By: Keely - September 21st, 2009 2:54:46 pm EDT
I love that it's original, 'warts and all'. very intriguing! thanks for the present, birthday boy!
Posted By: Shannon - September 21st, 2009 1:50:20 pm EDT
just downloaded it and can't wait to start reading - I also noticed that today is your birthday, so Happy Birthday from one of your many Constant Readers!
Posted By: BJMallory - September 21st, 2009 4:08:36 am EDT
Damn, I've got to know the rest of this story!! I agree with Jon. Please finish it, Mr. King. PLEASE. I'm begging you, here.
Posted By: Leighjavu - September 21st, 2009 3:22:54 am EDT
I 'm feeling that when you referenced your idea about "Under the Dome" in Douglas Winter's " The Art of Darkness " it may have been enough plant food for a group of seedy show writers to sponge and twist into a corny flick. They noticed you had not published it YET so they took it as a free for all suggestion. Lets face it they need all the help they can find. I didn't and will not watch their movie but I recall seeing an ad for it and yes I did note a chime of similarity in the theme but they sure as hell are NOT the same caliper as Stephen King! Ever! Thank-You for posting The Cannibals (unpublished) for us! I cant wait to read "Under the Dome". I was on the edge of my seat ! Most importantly Today, Happy Birthday !!!!
Posted By: Anonymous - September 20th, 2009 5:45:57 pm EDT
why can't I download The Canibals?? :( ...
Posted By: HUF - September 20th, 2009 5:21:22 pm EDT
Loved it and needless to say it left me wanting more. I especially enjoyed the edits. to see the a sliver of the way your stories take shape was a real treat. Can't wait for "under the dome" even though I would love to read the rest of this one first. Thanks for the Easter egg!! - a constant reader
Posted By: Lisa - September 19th, 2009 10:18:22 pm EDT
This is such a unexpected treat. It's just like surge of excitement I get when I've found a $20 bill in that old coat from last winter...well, maybe more like a c-note. Thanks Steve!
Posted By: Sandy - September 19th, 2009 8:43:12 pm EDT
i read this and really liked it....i think u should finish it...i want to know what happens!!!!:)
Posted By: Curtis - September 19th, 2009 3:13:05 pm EDT
i liked it, man.
Posted By: Jon - September 18th, 2009 12:39:25 pm EDT
Its an incredible story, and it really seems like a waste not to have it finished, Mr. King! Why not do it? And maybe publish it under the Bachman name? It would be sort of like "Desperation"/"The Regulators", two sides of the same coin!
Posted By: Wilso - September 18th, 2009 10:06:53 am EDT
I myself am a young writer of seventeen living in Australia and i can remember writing my own novella about cannibals a few years ago and so 'The Cannibals' for me, is a bit nostalgic in reading. Its interesting how isolation can be such a potent key in resulting insanity- i can see that its going to occur in your story and in my own it was no different; merely a case of an elderly couple living a few kilometers seperated from a township not far from Bourke. Basically they lived in the desert for the majority of their golden years with very few visitors. One day a young bloke breaks down nearby, sees the lovely little home (like the gingerbread house) and goes looking for help there.... and doesn't come back. And so the story flowed on, almost by itself. In the end it turned out that aliens had brainwashed the couple and of course that didn't hold up in a court of law, ha ha Isolation is also a big factor in The Shining. Anyhow, i'm a huge fan of your work and like many your a great inspiration to me as a storyteller. It seems that your one of the last writers who tells stories that are fun adventerious as opposed to writers who tell stories so that are flat and are too clever for their own good. The extract of The Cannibles is great, alot of facts at the start though nevertheless it flows like a vessil. I look forward to Under the Dome on the shelf of the nearest bookstore and forget what critics are saying- its about the common peoples reaction, man. Do what you love and live life well. cheers
Posted By: Joerg R. - September 17th, 2009 5:37:14 pm EDT
Dear Mr King, My English grammar is rather bad - and, therefore, this text will contain some mistakes - but I would like to thank you dearly! Thanks for the fact that you are Stephen King. The fact that you have already decided during young years stories to write. And the fact that you allow to participate to us during all years in your so wonderful stories. The beginning of Under the Dome reads quite fantastically! And I am very much tensely on it, and I am glad very much to be able to read such a long, new story of you! I can hardly expect it, to hold this book in my own two hands... Shining has infected me in 1986; on a vacation in Austria. Since him I have devoured all your works and have expected new most ardently. You more faithfully German fan Jrg Rothgerber
Posted By: Heiko - September 17th, 2009 2:59:28 pm EDT
Posted By: Lisa I. - September 16th, 2009 11:07:15 pm EDT
Rock Awesome! I'm not going to sleep a wink until mid-November...
Posted By: Greg - September 16th, 2009 7:38:07 pm EDT
Dear Mr King, I am, as always an avid reader and have been since I was in elementary school. My first SK book was of course, The Gunslinger. I mark this book as one of my favorites of all time, along with The Stand and Bag of Bones. I have just finished reading your lost manuscript, The Cannibals. I have thought about how I would reply after completing the first 60 pages. all that I can say is that I hope you find a few more lost books in the archives.I Love It Keep up the Great Work. I still get a shiver and want to look under the bed on nights that the north wind is blowing and i have stayed up too late reading one of your tales of bone chilling and satisfying short stories or novels. Greg, Avid Reader since about 1985 Ontario, Canada
Posted By: Grinch2171 - September 16th, 2009 3:44:20 pm EDT
I get the following error message You are attempting to access this file from an disallowed location.
Posted By: Ebdim9th - September 16th, 2009 3:16:55 pm EDT
*gulp* I'm one of those who brought up the similarity over on the SKtrivia social group. It just popped into my head, and of course I just posted it right up. It reminded me of a Simpsons epi, I didnt get that right either, someone else said, no, that was the movie, and I was sort of like, apologetic, and backpedaling i suppose, well it wouldnt affect my choice to read Sai King's book anyway. Besides, I thought, ultimately that the seed of the idea must have come from the Mist. Those who've read that earlier story probably get the parallels. Also Groening and King were in the Rock Bottom Remainders together. I'm sure they know how to get in touch with one another. Anyway, gotta finish the Cannibals....... yum....
Posted By: Tordo - September 16th, 2009 2:20:51 pm EDT
I hav not been able to download this file it downloads has an htm file on both of my computers. I have acrobat 8 on both
Posted By: Drawn To Ka-tet - September 16th, 2009 2:01:43 pm EDT
Thank you for the 'appetizer'. It's delicious and I can't wait for the main course! I love being lead down murky corridors with nothing to look at but those bug-eyed peepholes staring back at me. Now that I'm hooked, who are the Cannibals? Duh, I get it. I just met them. Many thanks from a CR. DTKT
Posted By: Catnoel - September 16th, 2009 1:37:08 pm EDT
Not even remotely similar to the Simpsons!!! I really enjoyed reading the rough unedited version. It kinda gave me an idea of the writng process. Would love to see how it turns out for everyone. As usual, the charecters are very interesting and real. Thanks for the peek.
Posted By: C. Michael - September 16th, 2009 11:03:20 am EDT
I just wanted to say that it is very encouraging to hear from another author (Especially one that has had so much success) to talk about two failed projects that have come together into a single form over time. I myself am a beginning writer, and my current book is also based on two very different stories that I had started in the past with a similar tone to them, which over time came together into something I could never have expected when I first began. Maybe the best way to get out of a writers block is for a story to marinate and pick up on it's own? Anyway, thank you for this post, I'm sure you will never know just how reassuring these simple words could mean. And with all the hype going on, can't wait to see what "Under the Dome" has in store. -C.M.
Posted By: Mississippi Momma - September 16th, 2009 10:49:31 am EDT
I went to the S&S website first thing yesterday morning and reserved my signed collector's edition of Under the Dome. OMG!!! I can NOT wait to get this book! If anyone had ever told me that I would be spending $200 on a book I would have thought they were out of their minds... being a stay-at-home mom in a one income household, this is a very big deal for me. I told my husband if he would let me get it he wouldn't have to get me anything for Christmas or my birthday this year so, as you might imagine, he was definately on board with that! ;-) I just wanted to tell you how excited I am and that I think you are AWESOME!!!
Posted By: JKapp - September 16th, 2009 10:04:28 am EDT
You should do a whole book like this! The crossed-out words could be read for an alternate story line. Will this be published in a book? I like these rare rough stories. Layne
Posted By: R. O'Shea - September 16th, 2009 9:48:45 am EDT
Dear Mr. King, Congratulations on finding the lost manuscript. What a treasure! I look forward as always, to reading another of your works.
Posted By: Layne - September 16th, 2009 9:45:44 am EDT
Loved it! The modifications and black ink really made me feel like I was reading something straight from your closet. I love the "Trunk Novels" and rare tidbits. I keep waiting for your story "Weeds" to pop up in a book of stories... It was very memorable too. Layne
Posted By: Adept - September 16th, 2009 9:23:20 am EDT
nice, but we want all the other unpublished stories! Fans would certainly pay for these, even with a disclaimer that they are bad, incomplete, childhood writings, or co-written with others... just get them to us!
Posted By: Vivi - September 16th, 2009 9:14:15 am EDT
Thank you so much for sharing this, and for the incoming long hours of reading with a nice cup of tea! It will be very interesting to compare the initial story with the final work of Under the Dome. I'm 33, and I live in Paris, France. The first novel of yours I read was Pet Sematary ; I was about 12...Since then, I grew up a lot, but I hope I will never stop to feel like an amazed child when I enter your worlds of fiction and leave everything of the routine behind me. Littrairement vtre,
Posted By: Jeff - September 16th, 2009 9:10:18 am EDT
What a gift! Thanks so much for this! Between "On Writing" and this, you have given aspiring writers a real compelling bit of inspiration.
Posted By: Supertails - September 16th, 2009 8:43:56 am EDT
This is awesome, I can't wait to read it. I've been unbearably anxious for "Under the Dome", so reading this will probably keep me occupied up until then. Thanks!
Posted By: Anrica - September 16th, 2009 8:10:00 am EDT
What a treat to see these pages in their original state, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for Under the Dome to be published here in South Africa - hope it's soon! I love the increasing feeling of fear and hopelessness, as usual the author does not disappoint his Constant Readers. If this synopsis is anything to go by the novel will be amazing. And please pay no attention to the Internet writers, there will always be people who look for something to write about - even drivel such as rumours about plagiarism.
Posted By: Robinowski - September 16th, 2009 2:24:33 am EDT
THANK YOU! It is beyond awesome that you scanned the original MS!
Posted By: Russell McCord - September 16th, 2009 12:38:37 am EDT
Thank you Steve. I enjoy the chance to view your original work with original type. Many blessing to you and your family. All The Best, Russ
Posted By: NickFan! - September 16th, 2009 12:05:58 am EDT
Thank you so much Mr. King!
Posted By: D.R. - September 15th, 2009 11:53:36 pm EDT
I thought the same thing with the Simpsons movie! Also, is there a way to read this on the Kindle???
Posted By: LeBay - September 15th, 2009 9:22:22 pm EDT
Thanks, I was thirst for some King reading... its been a year, Im from Mxico, and I've read almost all of your work ( I can get my hands over "Dragons eyes)
Posted By: LadySorrow1897 - September 15th, 2009 8:51:29 pm EDT
Simply amazing to be able to read an excerpt of Dome's original manuscript in it's natural state. I recently came across a copy of my first novel (as yet unpublished) myself and aside from the first thirty pages or so which I had for some insane reason decided to write in pencil and was just about faded away, it was amusing to see the crude, unpolished copy again as I'm sure you were as well when your manuscript was found. Thanks so much for sharing this with us, your Constant Readers! You are, and always will be, an inspiration to me as a writer. Keep crankin' out the hits! ;)
Posted By: A'tuin - September 15th, 2009 8:43:38 pm EDT
I just loved the excerpt. I can't wait to read the finished novel.
Posted By: Hallrla - September 15th, 2009 5:49:25 pm EDT
This is nothing less than awesome. I get to see an acual manuscript written by the best author on the planet!! Woohoo! I can't wait to curl up with my computer and read it. :)
Posted By: Dividedgrlofmine - September 15th, 2009 5:45:07 pm EDT
Stephen King is the best to his fans. The absolute best.
Posted By: Bishman - September 15th, 2009 5:40:08 pm EDT
Posted By: Denise - September 15th, 2009 5:23:54 pm EDT
Just enough to suck me in...and now it's a two-month wait! You rock, Mr King!
Posted By: JOHN K - September 15th, 2009 3:42:30 pm EDT
I didn't stop reading until the end. This story is great.
Posted By: Roberto - September 15th, 2009 2:50:50 pm EDT
Good evening Mr. King, this is Roby from Italy, a Constant Reader since I was twelve. What can I say about this? Just a really great gift from you, just marvellous. Thank You for all the the things you've wrote since now and for the all thing you'll going to write. God bless you and all your family. Roberto
Posted By: Steve - September 15th, 2009 2:47:09 pm EDT
Mr. King. Not sure if you're ever going to read this, and I'm sure you've heard it all so many times, but as a fan since the early 80's, and since I'll never get to actually meet you, me being from Missouri and all, I just wanted to say thanks for all the great memories, and the nightmares. I'm so glad I 'accidentally' picked up The Stand all those years ago. God Bless you and your family... again. Thanks, in more ways then I can say.
Posted By: WhiteSlim - September 15th, 2009 2:45:27 pm EDT
I Can't wait for this book to come out... People are comparing it with The Stand... And The Stand, imo, is a MASTERPIECE. Also I cannot wait for the cover art to be fully revealed... I hope It's a mystery worth waiting... I loved Duma Key... So, I'm pretty sure I'm gonna love SK next book... Under The Dome! Can't Wait!!! But while I wait, let me read part of the manuscript which inspired Under The Dome: "The Cannibals". Jorge Luis Castanos - Dominican Republic
Posted By: Vera - September 15th, 2009 2:31:15 pm EDT
the synopsis for under the dome sounds a bit like James Follet's Silent Vulcan, but it will be intriguing to read your take on being isolated, yet in a community
Posted By: Catnoel - September 15th, 2009 2:18:34 pm EDT
Thank you. Thank you, Thank you. I will let you know after I am done!!
Posted By: Anonymous - September 15th, 2009 1:54:08 pm EDT
Whoa. I never thought I'd ever see a word of this novel. And now it's here! THANK YOU.
Posted By: Stephen B. - September 15th, 2009 11:42:52 am EDT
Yes, I've been a longtime King reader (and fan - works like WIZARD AND GLASS, 'SALEM'S LOT, and collection NIGHT SHIFT have masterful stories. Probably MISERY and FIRESTARTER too). And I thought about the reference to the movie mentioned above but suspected only a co-incidence - which in fact it is. Steve
Posted By: Rjt65 - September 15th, 2009 10:05:19 am EDT
Miss Mod strikes again ;-) so we thank her for the book? thankee MMOD!!! And i for one, never thought u got inspired by the Simpson movie to write this!! Long Days and Pleasant nights!
Posted By: Felinedependant - September 15th, 2009 9:57:04 am EDT
It won't let me DL the pdf, keeps saying "You are attempting to access this file from an disallowed location." I'm using Adobe 9 ... I tried DLing using Firefox and IE. No luck. :(
Posted By: Andy - September 15th, 2009 9:42:07 am EDT
Have you considered a MS Reader (.lit) format so that I can read this on the go on my Windows phone? Thank you for sharing this with everyone, I can't wait to read it. Thanks.