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Discussion in 'General Discussion & Questions' started by FlakeNoir, Nov 1, 2013.
It was Stephen's choice to remove the book from publication.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Tonight was the fourth episode of “Under The Dome” here on CBS 3.
The adaptation of the Stephen King novel is a hit.
King has had 50 books published.
But there’s one book he doesn’t want anybody to read anymore.
In fact, as Chris May reports, it’s the only book he wrote that’s no longer being published.
“It’s not in print because it was a novel about a kid who goes to school one day and shoots his algebra teacher and holds his class hostage,” explains Stephen King.
In 1997, “Rage”, published under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, was found in the locker of a Paducah, Kentucky high school student, who shot and killed three of his classmates.
“That was enough for me,” said King. “I don’t think that books or movies are ever the cause of this sort of violence.”
But King thinks violent books and movies can act as an accelerant.
“I didn’t want “Rage” to be one of those accelerants, so I pulled the book, King said. “I felt that was part of a fantasy scenario with these people and I didn’t want it to happen with anybody else.”
The author continued, “It was not gun control, it was book control in this case and I think there a lot of pro-gun people like Wayne LaPierre who could take a lesson from that and show a little more responsibility.”
LaPierre is executive director of the National Rifle Association.
“I have no patience with people of the LaPierre stripe who say, ‘the deaths of innocent children or the deaths of unarmed bystanders is just part of the price we pay for our second amendment freedoms,’” said King.
You can see the interview with Mr. King at this link, but you have to sit through a commercial that last about 30 seconds:
Stephen King Discusses Book He Doesn’t Want Anyone To Read « CBS Philly
Thanks for sharing. But i must admit i still think its a kind of shame. I agree with king when he says that stuff about having no patience with people that says things like that about deaths of innocent children and bystanders is just the price we pay. A horrible unsensitive argument. And sounds very much like the arguments that suicidebombers make for their case. Weak arguments in both cases. Luckily for me Rage is already part of my collection so it doesn't affect me.
I have just the "Bachman Books" which includes Rage.
My latest SK purchase was, unsurprisingly, the latest from SK: Joyland, as an e-book.
Although I bought the e-book, if you still buy, err, ”books”, then do check out the printed version from Hard Case Crime. I love what they do, and have had many fine moments discovering books from authors (dead or alive) from their roster.
Four Past Midnight paperback, the one with The Langoliers movie cover. Never-read condition.
ive just bought Dark Tower:Wolves of Calla, Dark Tower:Wizards and Glass, and From A Buick 8 all hardbacks, £1 english pound for the lot!!!! woop woop
This is only marginally Stephen King related, (he famously blurbed the novel), but I ordered a signed deluxe edition of Scott Smith's "A Simple Plan" as a birthday gift for my brother. Not sure if it will arrive in time!
A Simple Plan is a wonderful read! It's the author's first novel and I think he hit it out of the park. Basic premise is 'How far would you go to keep something a secret?' The movie starring Bill Paxton and Billie Bob Thornton is great, too!
Can your parents adopt me, then I could be your brother? Please? Please?
Yesterday I found out that Revival will be translated this year to Swedish and are released same day as in US. The Swedish title is Väckelsen.
I will buy it when it comes out in November.
I have two hardcovers of the Bachman books with Rage included (minus the dust jackets). One is in pretty good condition. I haven't been able to determine if they're first editions or not...
Hi Mrgan. On the copyright page there should be a number line- it's all the way at the bottom and is the next to last line. A first printing would start with the number '1'.
It would look like this: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
Each time there is an additional printing requested by the publisher the lowest number is removed. So, if your number line starts with, let's say a '3', then it means that you have a third printing of the first edition.
It would look like this: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.
Hope this helps.
Also, there were only 15,000 copies of the first printing hardcover done.
I bought the SKMB t-shirt and the crimson guy's t-shirt. Too cold in Newcastle right now, but give it 3 more months and it it'll be good.
I bought a new paperback of Roadwork for $3.97 and a hardcover of Nightmares in the Sky in good condition for $4 (both with free shipping from ebay!).
It's kind of king related in the sense that everyone seems to insist that he is king's rival/nemesis - I just picked up icebound by dean koontz. Apparently he wrote it under a pseudonym in the 70s and revised it in 95. It's the first koontz book I've ever bought (although I was once given a disc with about 30 ebooks of his for my kobo - haven't gotten around to reading any yet though). It was £1 from my local cancer charity shop.
Yesterday I raked over the Stephen King section in the used book stored. I got “The Dark Tower A Concordance ll”, 1$ paper backs of “Hearts in Atlantis” and “Dreamcatcher”, and a hard cover copy of “The Stand” which is the 2001 extended version that is the size of an old college dictionary.
Recently purchased 11/22/63---now about halfway through and am lovin' it. Somehow I just can't critize any of SK's writing.
I just pre-ordered my Mr. Mercedes!!!!