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Dana Jean

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gorgeous covers. Quite often I think the foreign covers are the most beautiful.
 

Dana Jean

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I love the art of a book so this is a really hard question.

Without a doubt, there was one chilling cover -- the one that pulled me in. And all it took was one drop of color.





Who designed this cover? Who was the artist? This is really frustrating. We talk about covers of Stephen King books, yet we don't mention the artist. And in press releases, it's hard to find the artist mentioned.

Publishers, you need to do better. Give credit where credit is earned. Someone or a group of someone's designed these covers. They pull us in. They intrigue us. And I don't care, but a lot of us DO judge a book by its cover at first. A bad cover doesn't necessarily mean we won't read it, but a beautiful, artistic cover can make me pick up a book faster than anything.
I just want to say in all fairness, Cemetery Dance publishing is very very good at giving artist information. During my Year of Cemetery Dance reading, I don't think I ever had problems finding the artist. They make that information upfront and center after book title and author.

I only struggled when it came to design companies. A company may be doing the art, but there is a face or group of faces with actual names working on that art. Give them credit, design houses.
 

GNTLGNT

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He usually is sent at least one (author) copy of magazines which is why it was odd that he was missing "The Raft". We've still never found that particular magazine. In the case of the books, his contract specifies a certain number of books that will be sent to the office as part of his author copies which he then uses to send out to family, friends, employees, etc. The ones we don't keep as close an eye on are the anthologies that have reprints of short stories. It's possible some of those are missing from his collection.
Marsha....I have a line on an original Twilight Zone Magazine which contains The Raft......if he has that, great-just wanted to offer....haven't found a Gallery issue as yet...will keep my eyes open.....
 

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....clear it with Marsha, I don't want the Wrath of The Mod brought down upon my Neanderthalian brow.....
Marsha....I have a line on an original Twilight Zone Magazine which contains The Raft......if he has that, great-just wanted to offer....haven't found a Gallery issue as yet...will keep my eyes open.....
I'm pretty sure we have the Twilight Zone Magazine edition, it's the Gallery one he's missing but appreciate the offer.
 

Gazman

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Now, that I see that, I think I misspoke that Gallery is the one. The one he'd originally sold it to had Adam in the title. The paperwork is in the office, though.

From some quick research, AKA Wikipedia..."In the intro to the story in The Twilight Zone Magazine and in afterword to the book Skeleton Crew, King relates an anecdote about the story's possible 1969 publication in Adam magazine in different form, under the title "The Float". A short time after the story was accepted, King was arrested in the town of Orono, Maine, for removing traffic cones from the street after one of them had damaged his car. He was unable to pay the fine and was about to be jailed when the payment check for "The Float" arrived, an event King referred to as asking to "have someone send you a real Get Out of Jail Free card." Despite receiving payment, King has never located a copy of the magazine with the published story in it. "

Great story if true!
 

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From some quick research, AKA Wikipedia..."In the intro to the story in The Twilight Zone Magazine and in afterword to the book Skeleton Crew, King relates an anecdote about the story's possible 1969 publication in Adam magazine in different form, under the title "The Float". A short time after the story was accepted, King was arrested in the town of Orono, Maine, for removing traffic cones from the street after one of them had damaged his car. He was unable to pay the fine and was about to be jailed when the payment check for "The Float" arrived, an event King referred to as asking to "have someone send you a real Get Out of Jail Free card." Despite receiving payment, King has never located a copy of the magazine with the published story in it. "

Great story if true!
That's it! We have a copy of the check stub and cover letter for the payment but have never been able to track down the story's actual publication with that magazine.
 

DiO'Bolic

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Now, that I see that, I think I misspoke that Gallery is the one. The one he'd originally sold it to had Adam in the title. The paperwork is in the office, though.
Was it in a 1969 edition? Here's 1958 through 1969... maybe one issue has it. I'll take all the extras. ;) :)
 

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Was it in a 1969 edition? Here's 1958 through 1969... maybe one issue has it. I'll take all the extras. ;) :)
That's the thing, we don't know for sure which edition it was published in as we've never seen it.