Sword in the Darkness

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Connor B

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Of all the unpublished and uncollected writings of Stephen, no unseen work has intrigued me as much as Sword in the Darkness. Details are notoriously scarce on this one; after it was written in 1970, it was rejected by twelve publishers, which is quite an achievement, if you ask me. What little I know of the plot involves a character grieving the death of his pregnant girlfriend and mother, as well as another character, a Malcolm X-style lawyer/Black Panther type, starting a race riot after speaking at a high school. Stephen himself has said that its unpublishable; it may well be the Day the Clown Cried of his bibliography, for reason unknown only to him and the few that have laid eyes on the manuscript.
 

GNTLGNT

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Jun 15, 2007
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Of all the unpublished and uncollected writings of Stephen, no unseen work has intrigued me as much as Sword in the Darkness. Details are notoriously scarce on this one; after it was written in 1970, it was rejected by twelve publishers, which is quite an achievement, if you ask me. What little I know of the plot involves a character grieving the death of his pregnant girlfriend and mother, as well as another character, a Malcolm X-style lawyer/Black Panther type, starting a race riot after speaking at a high school. Stephen himself has said that its unpublishable; it may well be the Day the Clown Cried of his bibliography, for reason unknown only to him and the few that have laid eyes on the manuscript.
...it's referenced in Rocky Woods omnibus of King's unreleased works...but just teased enough to make you yearn for more...
 

AchtungBaby

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Dec 5, 2011
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This one intrigues me too, but what little of his unpublished work I've read ('Slade', 'The Blue Air Compressor', The Cannibals) hasn't really impressed me or anything. Like skimom said — if he says it's not worth a look, I'll take him at his word.
 

muskrat

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Nov 8, 2010
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Okay, so no Sword in the Darkness (although you all know you'd read that sucker in a minute if given the chance), but what about that Patty Hearst roman a clef thing, which he called The House on Value Street? Now that sounds intriguing. I've said it before, I think, but I'll say it again: it'd be cool if he dusted that one off, finished it, and put it out. Sounds like another Bachman book to me.
 

GNTLGNT

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Jun 15, 2007
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Okay, so no Sword in the Darkness (although you all know you'd read that sucker in a minute if given the chance), but what about that Patty Hearst roman a clef thing, which he called The House on Value Street? Now that sounds intriguing. I've said it before, I think, but I'll say it again: it'd be cool if he dusted that one off, finished it, and put it out. Sounds like another Bachman book to me.
...I concur with the Muskinator...
 
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