- May 24, 2015
Of all the unpublished and uncollected writings of Stephen, no unseen work has intrigued me as much as Sword in the Darkness.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.