"The Plant," Now or (Maybe) Never

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Ms. Mod
Jul 10, 2006
I just finished reading The Plant ( absolutely loved it ) and I am suspecting Stephen King might have finished it just not released it for a reason or other. It just seems very strange that he would leave those characters in the place they are, when the story is reaching such momentum. According to him, it's almost like the characters are telling him the story, he sees events unfold in his mind and he just writes it. It seems so strange that he would have decided to stop it like that. Just a thought...

Afraid not--it remains unfinished as he's lost the muse with that one. It's just as you described but the characters stopped talking to him, so the story remains where it ended. There are a number of other unfinished stories in the file drawers--it's just that those have never been made public.


Cantre Member
Apr 5, 2008
120 miles S of the Pancake/Waffle line
I just downloaded it and printed it out. Will have to give it another try. That's a lot of paper. Killed another tree. Thankfully I have tens of thousands growing on a property of mine and one won't be missed.

Anyone that has a kindle fire can read the pdf version on their kindle and save a few trees. Just copy it into the document folder of your kindle.

Sweet One

Well-Known Member
Jan 27, 2008
Yes, all those reasons make sense. As I remember, he stopped writing becuase he thought it was too similar to "Little Shop of Horrors" but why should that have mattered? Christine was similar to the The Car, and Pet Semetary was a modern reworking "The Monkey's Paw."


Uber Member
Jul 10, 2006
Just north of Duma Key
I thought he stopped because the model of publishing failed. Either noone paid, or it was not enough or something
In the early 1980s, I started an epistolary novel called The Plant. I published limited editions of the first three short volumes, giving them out to friends and relatives (folks who are usually but not always the same) as funky Christmas cards. I gave The Plant up not because I thought it was bad but because other projects intervened. At the time I quit, the work in progress was roughly 25,000 words long. It told the story of a sinister plant—sort of a vampire-vine—that takes over the offices of a paperback publishing company, offering financial success in trade for human sacrifices. The story struck me as both scary and funny.