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Any clue why this one is so hard to come by?

Discussion in 'The Colorado Kid' started by Takoren, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    For this particular book, it almost seems like they wanted to create a "collector's item" out of it. I'm sure the publishers (and maybe even SK himself) had their reasons. I doubt it only had one print run because there was no demand for it.
  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I decided to go straight to the source rather than continue guessing so here's the "official" response from Charles Ardai at Hard Case Crime:

    This information also negates my recollection that it was a smaller initial print run.
    FlakeNoir, GNTLGNT, morgan and 4 others like this.
  3. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Thank you for that interesting and informative answer from Charles Ardai.
    It breaks my heart to think unsold paperbacks are destroyed. Could they not just be donated to service men/ women, hospitals, schools for use as part of a course?.... so many possibilities.
    FlakeNoir, GNTLGNT, morgan and 5 others like this.
  4. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    Ms. Mod, you rock!
    You actually followed up and got us the requested information regarding The Colorado Kid. (And, quite quickly, I'd say)

    I'd venture to say that Mr. King is fortunate to have you on his staff. :)
  5. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I couldn't agree more.
  6. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    Thanks! He thinks so, too. ;)
  7. Bev Vincent

    Bev Vincent Well-Known Member

    I remember that there was an error in the running header on one page -- it listed the title of a different book. When I mentioned that to Charles Ardai around the time the book came out, he said they'd fix that in the second printing...after they sold the first million copies!
  8. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    That's right, I'd forgotten about that, too! :smile: Just looked it up and page 159 had Grifter's Game instead of The Colorado Kid.
  9. summer_sky

    summer_sky Well-Known Member

    The removal of paperback covers before destroying the books has been going on since as long as I can remember (and this is many decades, mind you ;) ). It is a shame that the books are not donated to the needy or some other goodwill-based charity.
    Although, I will admit to having procured, one way or another, a few coverless paperbacks in my time. :horror:

    Well, I'll be danged...
    A sensible man :chuncky:
  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Imagine how many copies of those Richard Bachman original paperbacks were destroyed. :hmm: :shock:Oh, the humanity.......:big_tears:
  11. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    I have two copies and they both have this on page 159. Does anyone out there have a later printing to see if this error was indeed fixed?
    morgan, FlakeNoir, GNTLGNT and 3 others like this.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...and well he should!...I have had the honor of meeting this precious commodity and even breaking bread with her...she IS a gem and as down home and honest as they come...
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  13. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    And she wields one bad-*ss wood chippa!!!! ;;D
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  14. Wab

    Wab Well-Known Member

    For anyone who wants a new copy PS Publishing in the UK will soon release (taking orders now) a hardback edition illustrated by Dave McKean for £25 with a limyed edition signed by McKean for £195.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...they are both beautiful, but the signed edition is way to rich for my budget.....
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  16. Wab

    Wab Well-Known Member

    Because I missed the hard case crime I've ordered the standard edition. But that's the problem with editions by PS, Cemetery Dance and the like even when I can afford the book, postage to Australia kills the deal.
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  17. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    It has become quite expensive to mail to Aussieland and even to Canada. Used to be I could mail a book up to Canada for only a little more than it would cost to mail in the US but now it's just crazy!
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  18. morgan

    morgan Well-Known Member

    I stopped at the used bookstore today on my way back from the grocery store. It's not always open on Saturday and I haven't been there in about six months. Found a copy of The Colorado Kid in very good condition for $2! It has the typo on page 159 kingricefan . I have one other copy. If I can locate it, will check for the typo in that one as well.
  19. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    'Grifter's Game' at the top instead of 'The Colorado Kid'. I have two copies and they both say that.
  20. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Wow - that is great! I need to swing by Value Village to look for King books - it's been months since I went searching.

    Even though I was off this whole last week I basically accomplished zilch - felt like a complete waste of my time off.


    Hey - guess what? They called today and left a message - I have to wait until 2 p.m. now on Monday for my HR meeting :m_dizzy:

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