Description

This is a list of short stories which have not appeared in mass-market King anthologies. They have often appeared in small publications, limited printings or are first-editions of short stories later modified for inclusion into later short story or novels.

Story List




The 43rd Dream

Description

The narrator, a high school student, tells of his dream.

Published

1966, Jan 29 - The Drum

People

NameDescription
?, JesseThe narrator asked what the stumble bum would do if Jesse came to town
Bardot, BrigetteFrom France
Captain HookHit the narrator on the head and caused him to get detention hall after the class threw bowling-balls at him
Jack the RipperThe bartender whom the narrator ordered a drink from. His aim was not very good
Pontius PilateCaptain Bligh wanted to swing him from the yardarm
Streisand, BarbraProctor of Lisbon High in the narrator's dream



An Evening At Gods

Description

This is about a conversation between God, who has been drinking, and St Peter. The Earth is in between God and his TV, so God crushes the Earth, but finds that many of the people that he likes watching on TV are (Or more correctly were) still living on Earth.

The story was a one minit play written for a benefit evening. It was auctioned on 23 April 1990 at the American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.

Published

1990 - A one minit play

People

NameDescription
Alda, AlanActor on TV that God liked. Alive when God crushes the Earth
GodGod, a big guy with a white beard watching TV when he crushes the Earth because it is in his way
Pryor, RichardActor on TV that God liked. Alive when God crushes the Earth
St PeterGod's helper
Williams, RobinActor on TV that God liked. Alive when God crushes the Earth



The Bear

Description

A small excerpt from The Dark Tower III. It was revised for inclusion into the Dark Tower novel.

Published

1990, Dec - The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
1991 - Dark Tower III - The Wastelands (Revised)

There are no characters listed for this story.


Before the Play

Description

This is a lengthy introductory 5 scene section which was cut from "The Shining". It tells the history of the Overlook Hotel in wicked detail.

Scene 1 deals with the construction of the overlook and the death of the owners son.

Scene 2 describes the nightmares experienced by Lottie Pillsbury during her honeymoon at the Overlook.

Scene 3 describes the Grand Masquerade Ball and the death of the homosexual lover of Horace Derwent.

Scene 4 describes the accident when Jack Torrance had his arm broken by his drunk father.

Scene 5 describes the mob hit in the presidential room in gory detail.

Published

1982, Aug 17/18 - Whispers
1997, Apr 26/May 2 - TV Guide (abridged)

People

NameDescription
?, NormanAn employee of Derwentf1 quote s who, wearing an Arabian nights costume, was with a secretary who was half naked. Norman had a small pencil moustache in imitation of Derwent
?, RichardBell captain at the Overlook Hotel between 1915 and 1922
?, Ronnie (The San Diego Dago)First homosexual lover of Lewis Toner. A career sailor
Abruzzi, WaltHe lent two of his boys to guard a man in the overlook in 1958, but they both got shot
Anastasia, AlbertDied. Mentioned as being in Hell by murderers in 1958
Arkinbauer, MrHusband of Mrs Arkinbauer. Owned a meat packing business
Arkinbauer, MrsWife of Mr Arkinbauer. She fell and broke her wrist getting out of the bath at the Overlook on June 1, 1910, the day of the opening
Brandywine, CecilBought the Overlook and reopened it in May 1923 with Clyde Brandywine. Bought from the estate of James Parris
Brandywine, ClydeBought the Overlook and reopened it in May 1923 with Cecil Brandywine. Bought from the estate of James Parris
Breughel, ?Lottie Kilgallon thought that the playground of the Overlook Hotel was like a Breughel landscape
Burrey, ?Worked for Derwent Enterprises in the Aircraft Division
Compson, MrCouple that played bridge with Pillsburys at the Overlook in 1929
Compson, MrsCouple that played bridge with Pillsburys at the Overlook in 1929
Derwent, Horace M (Harry)Millionaire inventor that owned the Overlook 1945-1970. He was the husband of Sylvia, and homosexual lover of Lewis Toner
Derwent, MrsMother of Horace. Died of cancer at the age of 46
Derwent, SylviaWife of Horace Derwent from 1942 until 1948. Owned the Overlook for some time
Durker, HarryGroundskeeper of the Overlook when owned by James Parris
Ford, WhiteyBaseball player mentioned in passing
Geroux, ?Head cook of the Overlook in 1914
Giorgio, TonyCrazy little west coast hood mentioned in 1958
Grondin, ?He was hired by Bob Watson to pave the road from the Overlook to Sidewinder in 1910. He used substandard material, charged $70,000, and the road broke up after the first winter
Hanneman, ?On the Derwent Enterprises board, but died of a heart attack
Hart, ?Social Secretary and homosexual lover of Horace Derwent. He went to the Grand Ball as the Devil
HomerCharacter in a Greek story told by Bob T Watson
Kaiser, The (Kaiser Wilhelm II)His war (World War One) bought about inflation
Kilgallon, LottieMaiden name of Lottie Pillsbury
Norman, RobertManager of the Overlook in 1966. Worked for Derwent Enterprises. He was seen in a compromising position with a woman at the Overlook by Lewis Toner
Parris, JamesOwned the overlook from 1915 to 1923. Started as a shyster in 1880. He died of a heart attack where the topiary stands
Parris, MrsWife of James. She left him in 1920 and filed for divorce on the grounds of Mental Cruelty in 1921. She was a broadway actress before her marriage
Pillsbury, Harold MFather of William. His family owned publishing business, textile mills, a foundry and more. Died of a heart attack 2 weeks after the stock market crash
Pillsbury, LottieMarried name of Lottie Kilgallon. She has been having nightmares since she arrived at the Overlook in August 1929 for her Honeymoon. She committed suicide in 1949, 20 years after her Overlook visit. A real bitch that tried to dominate her husband
Pillsbury, William (Bill)Publishing heir. Husband of Lottie Kilgallon. Lost almost all his money in the stock market crash
Poe, Edgar AllanPoet mentioned in passing
RascalThe horse that Boyd Watson was riding when he fell and broke his neck. The horse broke his leg in the jump
Rutherford, ?Overlook accountant from 1912 to 1914. He advised Bob T Watson to file for bankruptcy
Steeves, William (Bill)President of the First Mercantile Bank of Denver and personal friend of Bob Watson. He gave the second mortgage on the Overlook to Bob T Watson on the basis of their friendship
TessieBay mare that William Pillsbury rode at the Overlook in 1929
Toner, LewisHomosexual 'lover' of Horance Derwent. Found dead in the bath in his room on the second floor of a drug overdose on June 1, 1910, but the drugs were never found. Went to the grand ball as a Dog at the request of Derwent. Joined Derwent Enterprises as a book keeper in 1936, and was head book keeper from 1940
Torrance, John Daniel (Jacky)A young boy who's father beat him on numerous occasions. He had his arm broken after his father wrecked the family car while drunk
Torrance, Mark AnthonyFather of Jack. Alcoholic, and child beater. Orderly at the Berlin Community Hospital. Smashed the car on the way home, and when Jack spoke to him he broke Jack's arm
Torrance, MrsMother of Jack. Scared of her husband and did not intervene when Jacky was attacked by his father
Verecker, Dr70 year old retired surgeon that played bridge with the Pillsbury's at the Overlook in 1929. Retired after a heart attack
Verecker, MalvinaWife of Dr Verecker that played bridge with the Pillsbury's at the Overlook in 1929
Watson, BoydOldest son of Robert T Watson. Died in a riding accident where he broke his neck jumping over a pile of lumber at the site where the Topiary was built in about 1909. Buried in Denver
Watson, MrFather of Robert T Watson. Gunned down in Denver in about 1893
Watson, MrGrandfather of Robert T Watson. He used to ride and break wild horses
Watson, Richard (Dick)Youngest son of Robert T Watson. Born in 1897. Worked as a caretaker at the Overlook Hotel from 1915, and acted as a guide from 1929
Watson, Robert Towenley (Bob)Built the Overlook in 1907 and sold it to James Parris in 1915 on the condition that he and his son were employed as maintenance men for life. Born 1864
Watson, SarahWife of Robert T Watson. She hated the Overlook. She died in the winter of 1910/11 of influenza, and was buried in Denver
Wilson, MrsWife of Woodrow Wilson. Stayed in the overlook in 1922
Wilson, WoodrowPresident of the USA mentioned as being a guest of the overlook in 1922



The Bird and the Album

Description

This small section eventually bacame the majority of Chapter 13 if the book It, although it was substantially revised for the book.

Published

1981, Oct 30 - A Fantasy Reader, The Seventh World Fantasy Convention Program Book
1986 - It (Substantially revised)

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Blue Air Compressor

Description

Gerald decided to write a short story about Mrs Leighton. She finds the story that he has hidden away, and when he realises it he decided to make her pay.

The obscenely large Mrs Leighton has the nozzle of an air compressor placed in her mouth by Gerald, until she blows up like a beach ball! Unlike the Warner Brothers cartoon's where characters simply float away, Mrs Leighton explodes, and her remains are buried away.

In the Heavy Metal reprint, Gerald first shoots Mrs Leighton, then overinflates her.

Published

1971, Jan - Onan
1981, Jul - Heavy Metal (Revised)

People

NameDescription
Dosteyevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich Mrs Leighton said that she was simply too big for Gerard Nately to write about, but maybe not for Poe, Dostoevsky or Melville
Freud, SigmundMentioned in passing
GodMentioned in passing
JesusMentioned in passing
King, Stephen (Steve)Mentioned by name in the story. Narrator of the story who tries to explain some of the things that happen, and why
Leighton, MrHusband of Mrs Leighton. Gerald Nately had been his friend before he died
Leighton, MrsAn extremely large woman that is blown up like a beach ball by Gerald Leighton and the Blue Air Compressor after she laughs at his story called "The Hog" based on herself. Her body was buried under the tool shed
Melville, HermanMrs Leighton said that she was simply too big for Gerard Nately to write about, but maybe not for Poe, Dostoevsky or Melville
Nately, GeraldA writer who killed Mrs Leighton before fleeing to the Far East. The crime was never discovered. He cut his own head off with a guillotine. Wrote four monumental, twisted and misunderstood novels. Also wrote poetry and at least four essays. Wrote "The Hog", retitled "The Blue Air Compressor"
Poe, Edgar AllanMrs Leighton said that she was simply too big for Gerard Nately to write about, but maybe not for Poe, Dostoevsky or Melville
Pope, TheHe defecates because he has to
Terrell, Carroll FEnglish professor of Stephen King at the University of Maine
Zola, EmileMentioned in passing



Calla Bryn Sturgis

Description

This excerpt from The Dark Tower V was released on King's official website www.stephenking.com in August 2001.

As per usual with King, it was revised before inclusion into The Dark Tower V novel, where it appeared as the the prologue 'Roont'.

Published

2001, Aug 21 - www.stephenking.com
2003 - The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (Revised as the Prologue 'Roont')

There are no characters listed for this story.


Codename Mousetrap

Description

Kelly breaks in to a supermarket but was chased by items such as the soup can display, a mousetrap, and finally dozens of beefsteaks. Panicking, he threw himself through a glass window in a desperate bid to escape, only to be grabbed by a parking meter.

Published

1965, Oct 27 - 'The Drum', Lisbon High School's newspaper

People

NameDescription
KellyA young man who broke into a supermarket where he was chased by various strange objects. He escaped by throwing himself through a plate glass window but was quickly grabbed by a parking meter
Williamson, AlbertRepresentative for B.J. Burglar Alarms. He left a note on the supermarket door saying the new alarm had tested out fine



The Cursed Expedition

Description

Hugh and Jimmy land on the planet Venus, but soon after landing, Jimmy is found dead. Hugh soon finds out the cause of death - Venus is alive, and still hungry. Will Hugh escape in time...

Nope!

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Bullford, HughAstronaut that lands on Venus, with disastrous results
Keller, JimmyAstronaut that lands on Venus, but is found dead soon after landing



The Dark Man

Description

A short poem that was the basis of Randall Flagg in future books. In an interview with Waldenbooks in July 2003 King had this to say, 'Actually, Flagg came to me when I wrote a poem called "The Dark Man" when I was a junior or senior in college. It came to me out of nowhere, this guy in cowboy boots who moved around on the roads, mostly hitchhiking at night, always wore jeans and a denim jacket. I wrote this poem, and it was basically a page long. I was in the college restaurant .. I wrote the poem on the back of a placemat. It was published, as a matter of fact, but that guy never left my mind.'

Published

1969, Fall - Ubris
1970 - Moth
2004 - The Devil's Wine

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Dimension Warp

Description

Although listed in the index of People, Places & Things, this story has been lost from the book.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

There are no characters listed for this story.


Donovan's Brain

Description

This 104 word, 24-line poem was based on Curt Siodmak's novel and the film of the same name, the poem focuses on Shratt, the victim of a pseudo-science that transmutes into horror.

Published

1970 - Moth
2004 - The Devil's Wine

People

NameDescription
Donovan, ?Shratt signed checks with his name and made love to his woman
Shratt, ?Made love to Donovan's woman and is driven by a 'Thing' in an electric tank



For the Birds

Description

King contributed a 1-page story which had to end with a pun. In 1995 London's pollution is so bad that all the Rooks are dying, and numbers are dwindling. Bangor, Maine is decided to be the place to help breed rooks as their climate is very similar to London's.

The London Council hears nothing for a while, and sends a telegraph every day with the only line being: "Bred any good rooks lately?"

Published

1986 - Bred Any Good Rooks Lately? (reprinted in 1990 and 1994)

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Furnace

Description

Tommy is off to get Firewood from the cellar, but believes that there is something living behind the furnace. His worst fears were realised and the door closed, and the lights went out. King will not be completing any more of the story in the future

King wrote the opening 2 paragraphs for The Weekly Reader and the readers are encouraged to submit the next section of the story, printed each week. If chosen, the authors section is added to the continuing story each week, and displayed on the website. Other known authors will be writing sections throughout the year.

Published

2005 - The Weekly Reader (King wrote the opening 2 paragraphs only)

People

NameDescription
(Tommy's mother)Tommy's mother said that he would grow out of his fear of the cellar as he aged
?, TommyIt was his job to get the wood from the cellar, but he believed that there was something living behind the furnace. While getting wood, his worst fears were realised and the door closed, and the lights went out



The General

Description

General, Amanda's cat, was suspected of killing their pet parakeet, so Amanda's mother takes it off to the animal shelter. What she does not know is that the cat had actually saved the life of Amanda when it fought a small creature who was trying to steal the girl's breath and kill her. General escapes, returns home and this time kills the tiny evil

This story is basically the same as the screenplay for the movie "Cats Eye".

Published

1997 - Screamplays

People

NameDescription
?, AmandaEight year old daughter of Hugh
?, BillyWorked at the animal shelter. General ran past him to escape
?, CarlaCharacter in the book 'Carla's Best Friend'. Mentioned in passing
?, HughFather of Amanda. 38 years old
?, Sally-AnnMother of Amanda. Took General to the animal shelter where he was to be put down
GarfieldCartoon character mentioned in passing
GeneralAmanda's cat. He was taken to be put down by Amanda's mother, but he escaped, returning to Amanda's room where he saved her from the Creature
Mussolini, BenitoMentioned in passing
NannySally-Ann's mother who said cats can steal the breath of a sleeping child
PaulieParakeet of Amanda's. He was thought to have been killed by General but in reality he was killed by the Creature
SylvesterCartoon character mentioned
Tweetie BirdCartoon character mentioned
Whitsuns, ?Friends of Hugh and Sally-Ann. They would smoke funny cigarettes together



The Glass Floor

Description

Charles Wharton wishes to see the place where his sister Janine died. Anthony Reynard, her husband, refuses to allow the room, which has since been sealed, to be re-opened.

Eventually Charles enters the room, only to find it a has a glass floor and ceiling. He soon loses his balance and dies. His body is removed from the room, and the doorway replastered.

This was the first story for which King was paid ($35)

Published

1967, Fall - Startling Mystery Stories (King's first professional sale)
1990, Fall - Weird Tales

People

NameDescription
?, LouiseHousekeeper for Anthony Reynard. Very old, suffered from arthritis, and had none of her teeth left
Poe, Edgar AllanPoet that wrote "Black Cat"
Reynard, AnthonyOwner of the house where the glass floor resided. Husband of Janine
Reynard, JanineMarried name of Janine Wharton and wife of Anthony. She died of a broken neck when she fell in the East Room of their house. This room has a glass floor and was sealed after her death, but the arrival of her brother leads to the room being opened again.
Wharton, CharlesDied in the same room as his sister, Janine, after wishing to see where she died
Wharton, JanineSister of Charles. Died of a broken neck when she fell in the east room, where the floor is a mirror. his room has a glass floor and was sealed after her death



The Hardcase Speaks

Description

This 60 line free-verse poem was actually listed as written by Stephan King. Many of the images in the poem were made into later novels, or short stories such as Strawberry Spring, The Tommyknockers, the Shining and more.

Published

1971, Dec 1 - Contraband #2
2004 - The Devil's Wine

People

NameDescription
Berry, ChuckMentioned in passing
Lane, LoisMentioned in passing
Starkweather, CharlesCharles killed 10 people in 1958, and makes a fairly regular appearance in King's books. The narrator lit a candle for him



Harrrison State Park '68

Description

An unusual free-form poem initially written for "Ubris", 1968.

Published

1968, Fall - Ubris
2004 - The Devil's Wine

People

NameDescription
?, BrucieCousin Brucie is mentioned in passing
?, IshmaelThe narrator says, 'call me Ishmael'
AileenQueried as to her opinion of peach poachers
Bono, SonnyMentioned in passing
CherMentioned in passing
Dean, James (Jimmy)Mentioned in passing as a possible one of "the cools"
Doors, TheMentioned in passing
Floyd, Charles (Pretty Boy)Mentioned as having been played in a movie by Mickey Rooney
Mitchum, RobertMentioned in passing as a possible one of "the cools"
Narrator, TheReached for a hand but touched only bones
Rooney, MickeyRemembered as having played Pretty Boy Floyd
Sales, SoupyMentioned in passing as a possible one of "the cools"
Sanders, EdQuoted
Szasz, ThomasQuoted



Heroes For Hope Starring The X-Men

Description

Hungry appears as an evil hooded figure and attacks Kitty Pryde in the kitchen. Nightcrawler, one of the X-Men, finds Kitty Pryde after the attack.

Published

1985 - Marvel Comic Book, first segment (illustration by Bernie Wrightson)

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Hotel At The End Of The Road

Description

Tommy Riviera and Kelso Black have just escaped from the police, and wandered into an old hotel at the end of a side road. They demand a room at gunpoint, and are given room 5. When they wake up in the morning, they find that this is no ordinary hotel!

When they wake up in the morning, they can not move, and find out that it is a macabre museum of the living dead, and there is no way out.

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Black, KelsoPunk that is paralysed in the Motel after evading the police. Partner of Tommy Riviera
Riviera, TommyPunk that is paralysed in the Motel after evading the police. Partner of Kelso Black



I Hate Mondays

Description

Never published.

Published

Never Published. Held in Box 1010 of the Special Collections of the Raymond Fogler Library

There are no characters listed for this story.


I Was a Teenage Grave Robber

Description

This was King's first published story, which appeared in a 1965 issue of Comics Review, and is also known as "In a Half-World of Terror"

Gerad is hired by Weinbaum, a mad scientist, to work as a grave robber, but he falls in love with a young girl whos uncle David used to be employed in the same job as Gerad.

Weinbaum's mad experiments end up turning his radioactive maggots against him, and eventually they kill him.

Published

1965 - Comics Review
1966 - Stories of Suspense (as "In a Half-World of Terror")

People

NameDescription
?, CharlieGreat Uncle of Danny Gerad
?, DavidUncle and guardian of Vicki Pickford. He used to work for Weinbaum as a grave robber. Died in a car accident
?, PollyAunt of Danny Gerad
Bradstreet, ?Attorney at Erwin, Erwin and Bradstreet that ripped off Dan Gerad for $15,000 and the firm did not really exist
Erwin, ?Attorney at Erwin, Erwin and Bradstreet that ripped off Dan Gerad for $15,000 and the firm did not really exist
Gerad, DannyHired by Rankin to rob graves for Steffen Weinbaum. Falls in love with Vicki Pickford
Gerad, MrFather of Danny Gerad. Died in a car accident when he was 13
Gerad, MrsMother of Danny Gerad. Died in a car accident when he was 13
Phibbs, ?Grandmother of Danny Gerad
Pickford MrsMother of Vicki. Killed in a train crash in 1958
Pickford, MrFather of Vicki. Killed in a train crash in 1958
Pickford, VickiFalls in love with Danny Gerad after he saves her from her abusive Uncle David
Rankin, ?Assistant to Steffen Weinbaum. Offered Danny Gerad a job robbing graves for Steffen Weinbaum. Killed in Weinbaum's lab
Weinbaum, SteffenMad scientist that experiments with radioactivity and human flesh, to grow large radioactive maggots, but they eventually turn on him and kill him
Wheatherby, DanielBorn 1899, Died 1962, and his body was dug up and delivered to Weinbaum for his experiments
Wheatherby, MrsWife of Daniel Wheatherby. Died before her husband in 1962



I'm Falling

Description

Although listed in the index, the story has been lost from the book.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

There are no characters listed for this story.


I've Got To Get Away

Description

Denny Phillips finds himself on the assembly line of an Atomic Factory, and he is being held prisoner by the guards around him. Denny tries to escape and is shot in the process, but it's then that we find that Denny is not human - he is a robot that has achieved human consciousness.

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
?, JoeOne of the guards in the atomic factory where Denny Phillips worked
Phillips, DennyRobot x-238A that becomes conscious and tries to escape from his position on the assembly line at an atomic factory. He is shot in the process and has to be sent back for rep



In The Key Chords Of Dawn

Description

I have no information on this story.

Published

1971 - Onan
2004 - The Devil's Wine

There are no characters listed for this story.


Jhonathan and the Witchs

Description

Cobblers son by the name of Jhonathan tries to make a life for himself by asking the king for work. The king tells him to kill 3 witches to get a reward of 5,000 crowns.

With the help of a fairy that Jhonathan helped earlier, he wishes each of the 3 witches dead and collects his money from the King, and of course, lives happily ever after. In "First Words" the title of this story is shown to be "Jhonathan and the Witchs" not Witches.

Published

1993 - First Words

People

NameDescription
First WitchOne of three witches that lived in a mountain. She could not be stabbed, so Jhonathan killed her by smothering
JhonathanSon of a cobbler that is given 20 days to kill 3 witches. He helps a fairy disguised as a rabbit, and the fairy grants him 3 wishes. He uses the wishes to kill the witches and is granted a treasure of 5000 crowns by the king
Second WitchOne of three witches that lived in a mountain. She could not be smothered, so Jhonathan killed her by crushing
The KingHe told Jhonathan to kill the 3 witches or he would have his head removed
Third WhichOne of three witches that lived in a mountain. She was invisible, so Jhonathan killed her by wishing she was a normal woman and than hit her in the head with stones until she died



Keyholes

Description

Only the first 2 pages of this story were ever written. It describes a man names Michael Briggs attending a psychiatrist named Conklin to talk about his son Jeremy.

Published

Never published. Written in the 1980's

People

NameDescription
Abrams, MiltonPsychiatrist in Albany
Abrams, NancyReceptionist & nurse for Conklin. She is also called Nancy Adrian
Adrian, NancyReceptionist & nurse for Conklin. She is also called Nancy Abrams
Briggs, Jeremy7 year old son of Michael
Briggs, MichaelWent to talk to Conklin about his son Jeremy. A construction worker
Conklin, DrPsychiatrist that Michael Briggs comes to see
Street, DellaMentioned in passing



The Killer

Description

This is a rewrite of I've got to get away. A factory worker awakens and does not know who or where he is. Nobody answers him, so he shoots two guards while attempting to escape. The guards that watch him get taken away think that the robot workers are almost human.

Published

1994, Spring - Famous Monsters Of Filmland #202

There are no characters listed for this story.


The King Family And The Wicked Witch

Description

Like most parents, King liked amusing his children, so he wrote this short story that included all the members of their family (at the time). The wicked witch gave the 4 members of the King family magic cookies, but they had dire consequences - Stephen could only write the word banana, Tabitha's hands turned into milk bottles, and the 2 children cried all the time.

With the help of a prince on which witch Hazel had cast a spell, the Kings take their revenge in the form of a cookie containing 300 year old baked beans. When ingested, the witch developed a serious case of wind!

This was originally named The King Family And The Farting Cookie, but later changed.

Published

1977, Aug 25 - Flint newspaper

People

NameDescription
Cordozi, DomWorked at Bridgeton trading post when Witch Hazel knocked it down while he was on the toilet
King, Joe4 year old boy
King, Naomi6 year old girl
King, StephenFather of Naomi and Joe
King, TabithaMother of Naomi and Joe that looked after the house and wrote poetry
Walters, BarbaraReporter
Witch HazelAn evil witch that eventually eats a magic cookie that makes her fart a LOT!



The Leprechaun

Description

Like most parents, King liked amusing his children, and poor Owen was not born when he wrote The King Family And The Wicked Witch, so he wrote this story for Owen, and included him as the main character.

Initially Stephen planned this as a novel, similar to Eyes of the Dragon, and wrote several pages longhand in a notebook, which were later transcribed. Later he wrote another 30 more pages on a trip on his motorbike from Boston to Bangor, but the notebook was lost on the trip. The only part that exists today is the first 5 pages, plus a cover letter, both owned by a King collector.

Published

1983 - Never Published

People

NameDescription
?, ChrisOlder friend of Owen who goes to school
ButlerOwen King's pet Guinea Pig
King, JosephOlder brother of Owen. Not mentioned by name
King, NaomiOlder sister of Owen. Not mentioned by name
King, OwenMain character that finds a leprechaun
King, StephenFather of Owen. Not mentioned by name
King, TabithaMother of Owen. Not mentioned by name
SpringsteenKing family cat
The LeprechaunA leprechaun found by Owen after being attacked by Springsteen



Man with a Belly

Description

Vittorio Correzente pays John Bracken to rape his gambling wife Norma. After the rape, Norma offers to pay him twice his fee if he would make her pregnant.

After he child is born, a dying Vittorio calls Bracken and says that while his wife died, the baby survived, but it has blue eyes, and there are no blue eyed Sicilians in his family.

Published

1978, Dec - Cavalier
1979, Nov-Dec - Gent

People

NameDescription
Bracken, JohnHitman that was hired to rape Norma Correzente but ended up being her lover
Correzente, NormaWoman that John Bracken was supposed to rape, but turned the lesson back onto her husband. Compulsive gambler, and died in childbirth
Correzente, VittorioHad John Bracken rape his wife Norma Correzente. Head of a Mafia family
Sills, BennyContact man that told people when John Bracken was for hire. Ran a hock shop, and sold weapons as well
Torreos, Benito (Benny The Bull)Initially called John Bracken about the 'hit'. Right hand man of Vittorio Correzente
White, NormaMaiden name of Norma Correzente



Memory

Description

Edgar Freemantle was almost killed in a freak accident when a crane reversed over his pickup truck at a construction site. He lost his right arm, but as a result of the pain and injuries he became violent to those about him. He attempted to strangle his wife during this time, and she left him soon after. While recovering at his lake house he saw a small dog get struck by a car, and while the young owner of the dog was distracted, he broke the dogs neck. This release brought back the memory of his attempt to strangle his wife.

This is an excerpt from the 2007 novel "Duma Key".

Published

2006, Jul - Tin House magazine

People

NameDescription
?, Dr PhilTV show host
?, RebaAunt of Edgar Freemantle. She used to pinch his fingers if he did not eat his vegetables
Bozeman, William IIIDivorce lawyer
Fevereau, MrsRan over Gandalph the dog owned by Monica Goldstein
Freemantle, EdgarConstruction company owner who was injured on the job when a crane backed over the vehicle he was in. He lost his right arm, and sufferedf1~severe internal and psycological injuries as well. At the time of his accident he was worth an estimated $40 million. He became violent after the accident, and moved out into his lakeside house, leaving his wife, Pamela,~the main house as part of the divorce. He still suffers speech problems~
Freemantle, IlseYounger daughter of Pam and Edgar Freemantle. She attends Brown University
Freemantle, MelissaOldest daughter of Pam and Edgar Freemantle. She is teaching in France on a foreign exchange program
Freemantle, Pamela (Pam)Wife of Edgar Freemantle, and mother of Ilse and Melissa. She left him 6 months after his accident. She laterf1~married a man who owned a number of bowling alleys. Married name of Pamela Gustafson
GandalfJack Russell terrier owned by Monica Goldstein. Hit by the car driven byf1~Mrs Fevereau, and was put down by Edgar Freemantle
Goldstein, AvaMother of Monica Goldstein
Goldstein, MonicaOwner of Gandalf, the Jack Russell terrier that was run over by Mrs Fevereau. 11 Years old
Green, KathiNicknamed the "Rehab Queen" when Edgar Freemantle was recovering from his accident. She used to come to do rehab on Monday, Wednesday & Fridays
Green, PatOn the radio when Edgar Freemantle had his accident
Gustafson, Pamela (Pam)Maiden name of Pamela Freemantle
Hastings, MrLived 2 doors from the Goldstein's
Kamen, Dr. Xander40 Year old Afro-American psychologist who specialised in hypnotherapy. Edgar Freemantle saw him after his accitent
McEntire, RebaSinger on the radio shortly before Edgar Freemantle's accident
Phoenix, RiverThought of by Edgar Freemantle
Plastic Ono BandBand listened to by Edgar Freemantle
RandallThought of by Edgar Freemantle
RebaBlond Fluffy Rage-Doll given to Edgar Freemantle by Dr Kamen. Probably namesd after Reba McEntire who was on the radio shortly before the accident
Riley, TomAccountant of Edgar Freemantle
RudolphThought of by Edgar Freemantle
RussellThought of by Edgar Freemantle
Seuss, DrMentioned in passing
Simpson, HomerMentioned in passing
Winfrey, OprahTV show host



Monster In The Closet

Description

This is an an excerpt from Cujo, with minor changes and additions.

Published

1981, Oct - Ladies Home Journal

There are no characters listed for this story.


Never Look Behind You

Description

George Jacobs is a thief that is killed by an old woman with supernatural powers. A real strange story written by both Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Jacobs, GeorgeGeorge is confronted by an old woman that kills him with her supernatural powers



The New Lieutenant's Rap

New Lieutenant's Rap, The Picture

Description

Dieffenbaker and John Sullivan talk at the funeral of Dick Pagano. They speak of many of the things that happened to them both during the Vietnam war.

This Philtrum Press limited came in a grey envelope with light silver peace symbols. The chapbook has a stitched dark blue cover with a total of 22 pages. All text is printing of King's handwriting, including cover page and copyright info.

The book is accompanied by a small peace symbol neck chain, in a silver finish. Steve's signature appears on a page all by itself, before the title page.

The copyright page states that no child labour was used and it is where the copies have been numbered (They are all hand numbered or lettered by Michael Albert). The New Lieutenant's Rap is from Hearts in Atlantis, but this version is substantially longer.

Published

1999, Apr - Philtrum Press (Limited edition)
1999 - Hearts in Atlantis (In part)

People

NameDescription
Bruce, LennyHe was replaced by Andrew Dice Clay according to Diefenbaker
Calley, WilliamMentioned in passing
Clay, Andrew DiceHe replaced Lenny Bruce according to Diefenbaker
Cleaver, EldridgeHe was replaced by Eddie Murphy according to Diefenbaker
Clemson, Ralph (d)In Vietnam with John Sullivan and Dieffenbaker. He died when shot in the back of the head by Slocum
Clinton, BillUSA President not actually named, but it's obvious who it is
Creedence Clearwater RevivalBand mentioned in passing
Dawson, RichardHost of Family Feud
Dieffenbaker, ? (Deef)Talks to John Sullivan at the funeral of Dick Pagano. He is the "New Lieutenant" that was in Vietnam with John Sullivan. Now he smokes Dunhill's, is bald, and sells computers. The book is set around his conversation with John Sullivan
Dylan, BobSinger mentioned in passing
Elway, JohnMentioned in passing
Garfield, Robert (Bobby)Friend of John Sullivan as a child
Gerber, AnitaMother of Carol Gerber
Gerber, CarolMentioned in conversation between Dieffenbaker and John Sullivan
Glenn, JohnMentioned in passing
Greatful DeadBand mentioned in passing. This is an error and the name should be Grateful Dead
Harvey, PaulSomeone on the radio
Jolson, AlSinger mentioned in passing
Jordan, MichaelAthlete that advertises shoes on TV
Kagem, KaseyMentioned in passing
Malenfant, Ron (Ronnie)He was in Vietnam with John Sullivan and Dieffenbaker. Mentioned in conversation between Dieffenbaker and John Sullivan
MamasanThis old woman, from Vietnam, haunts John Sullivan after he returns home
McGuire, MarkMentioned in passing
Medina, ?Mentioned in passing
Murphy, EddieHe replaced Eldridge Clever according to Diefenbaker
Packer, ?CO in Vietnam in 1969
Pagano, Dick (Pags) (d)Died of Pancreatic Cancer. He was in Vietnam with John Sullivan and Dieffenbaker, and it is his funeral that they are both attending when the book is set
Peck, ScottMentioned in passing
Simmons, RichardMentioned in passing
Slocum, ?In Vietnam with John Sullivan and Dieffenbaker. He shot Ralph Clemson in the back of the head under orders from Dieffenbaker
Springer, JerryTV Show host mentioned in passing
Stewart, MarthaMentioned in passing
Sullivan, John L (Sully-John)Talks to Dieffenbaker at the funeral of Dick Pagano. He was in Vietnam with Dieffenbaker. The book is set around his conversation with Dieffenbaker
Wolfman JackRadio personality mentioned in passing



The Night of the Tiger

Description

Eddie Johnston saw Mr Legere at the cage of the Farnum & William's All American 3-Ring Circus and Sideshow's only tiger, Green Terror. Jason Indrasil, Green Terror's tamer, seemed to know this strange Mr Legere.

After a storm in Oklahoma, Johnston learned that two tigers had fought to the death during the storm. Strangely one of them had a long scar down its neck - in the same place that the missing Jason Indrasil had a scar.

Published

1978, Feb - Fantasy and Science Fiction
1979 - More Tales of Unknown Horror
1979 - The Year's Best Horror Stories
1980 - The Third Book of Unknown Tales of Horror
1984 - Chamber of Horrors
1988 - The Best Horror Stories from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
1992 - Horrorstory Volume Three

People

NameDescription
Baily, ChipsWorked for the circus and had malaria
Ebony VelvetBlack Panther with the circus
Edmont, MrHigh School Principal of Eddie Johnston
Farnum, MrHalf owner of the circus and ringmaster
Green TerrorThe circus tiger. Attacked Jason Indrasil and was not used in the circus act
Indrasil, JasonThe lion tamer who disappeared. Very quiet man who used to work for Ringling Brothers circus
Johnston, EddieThe Story Teller who joined the circus
Johnston, MrFather of Eddie
Legere, MrHe followed the circus and stopped Jason Indrasil from hitting Eddie Johnston. He had a long running disagreement with Jason Indrasil
Lillie, MrHired Eddie Johnston at his five and dime store
McGregor, MikeHelped at the circus
Nixon, KellyHelped at the circus
O'Hara, SallyRed headed wire walker. Fell from the wire and broke her shoulder
Solienni, AndreaBareback rider with the circus who fell from her horse during rehearsal



The Old Dude's Ticker

Description

Richard Drogan was a Vietnam veteran that had escaped from Quigley Veterans Hospital. Living with the Old Dude, he used to watch him sleep, until one night when the Old Dude woke up while Robert was watching. He killed the Old Dude and buried him under the floor. The police arrive the next morning, investigating a scream heard by a neighbour, and soon after Richard confessed to the murder.

Published

2000 - NECON XX Commemorative Volume

People

NameDescription
Corona , ?He stabbed wetbacks
Deisenhoff, Robert SVietnam veteran that escaped from Quigly Veterans Hospital after being sent there for combat fatigue. He changed his name to Richard Drogan, and he watched the Old Dude sleep. He murdered the Old dude when he woke up while being watched
Drogan, RichardName used by Robert Deisenhoff when he killed the Old Dude
Old Dude, TheMurdered by Richard Drogan / Robert Deisenhoff. His body was buried under the floorboards
Simpson, O.JMentioned in passing



The Other Side Of The Fog

Description

Pete Jacobs steps into a strange time travel fog, and steps out in the future, then in the distant past. He just cant seem to find his way home, so next time you are in a fog, that noise you hear may just be Pete!

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Jacobs, PeteMan who loses his way (and his own time) in a fog



Return Of Timmy Baterman

Description

This is an excerpt from Pet Cemetery, with minor changes from the final book version. The changes do not alter the characters at all.

Published

1983 - Satyrico II Program Book

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Revelations of 'Becka Paulson

Description

Rebecca Paulson shot herself in the head with her husband's .22 calibre target pistol. Strangely enough, she did not die, but instead she begins to have strange things happen to her. Her memories from long ago become better, and the picture of Jesus on the top of her TV begins to talk to her, and tell her things.

She finds out secrets of people she barely knows, but also finds out that her husband, Joe, is having an affair with Nancy Voss. Guided by the voice of Jesus, she modifies her television so that it will kill Joe. In a final act of desperation, and faced with her dying husband, she grabs him, but is also killed in the process.

This short story was heavily revised and added to the Tommyknockers.

Published

1984, Jul 19, Aug 2 - Rolling Stone magazine
1985 - Skeleton Crew (Scream Press limited edition, NOT the mass-market edition)
1987 - The Tommyknockers (Heavily revised)
1991 - I Shudder at Your Touch

People

NameDescription
?, BillUncle of Rebecca Paulson that owned a 1959 Impala
?, LauraCharacter on General Hospital TV Show
?, LukeCharacter on General Hospital TV Show
Beatles, TheBand mentioned in passing
Bouchard, ?Older brother of Rebecca Paulson. Rebecca wore his coat when she went out in the snow as a child
Bouchard, ?Sister of Rebecca Paulson - Gave her a picture of Jesus that sat on the TV, and spoke to Becka after she had shot herself in the head
Bouchard, MrDead father of Rebecca Paulson. Mean man that beat her
Bouchard, Rebecca ('Becca)Maiden name of Rebecca Paulson
Brier RabbitCharacter in childs story
Brodsky, MrClosest neighbour to the Paulsons on Nista Road. Almost half a mile away, and they live in a trailer
Brodsky, MrsClosest neighbour to the Paulsons on Nista Road. Almost half a mile away, and they live in a trailer
Buck, HankPoker buddy of Joe Paulson who worked at Paul's Down-East Grocery Mart in Bangor. He put Ex-Lax in his boss's chocolate milkshake from McDonalds
Devil, TheEvil that is mentioned in passing
Estabrooke, CharlieHe retired from the post office and was replaced by Nancy Voss
Falwell, JerryMentioned in passing by Becca Paulson
Gaines, Darla17 year old that had sex with her boyfriend while her parents were at work. Had a small amount of drugs in her room
Gaines, MrFather of Darla. Worked at Splendid Shoes in Derry
Gaines, MrsMother of Darla. Worked at Splendid Shoes in Derry
Harlingen, ?Wife of Abel. She went to Rhode Island one winter when her brother or brother-in-law died
Harlingen, AbelFather of Moss and Emery. He raped his 2 sons while his wife went to Rhode Island for one winter
Harlingen, EmeryYounger brother of Moss Harlingen. He was 7 when his father raped him
Harlingen, MossPoker buddy of Joe Paulson who shot his father in a hunting "accident" because he raped him and his brother when he was just 10. Now 42 years old, and owner of Big Ditch Construction
Humbard, RexMentioned in passing by Becca Paulson
JesusRebecca sees Jesus talk to her for 3 days after she shoots herself in the head. He tells her the secrets of the people she comes into contact with, and how to kill her cheating husband
Kimball, AliceTeacher at Haven Grammar School. A lesbian
Margolies, VinniePicked up the Paulson's garbage
Ozzie NelsonBig Brindle Cat of Joe and Rebecca Paulson. Note: In the Tommyknockers this cat is only referred to as Ozzie
Paulson, ByronChild of Joe and Rebecca Paulson. Left home
Paulson, JoeHusband of Rebecca. He works at Haven post office and is having an affair with Nancy Voss. He is killed by electrocution from a device made by Becka
Paulson, Rebecca ('Becca)Wife of Joe Paulson. Rebecca sees Jesus talk to her for 3 days after she shoots herself in the head, just above the left eye with a .22 calibre pistol. Plots to kill her husband, but realises the truth too late, and dies as well. 45 years old. Married name of Rebecca Bouchard
Presley, ElvisSinger mentioned in passing
Springfield, RickOn a poster in Darla Gaines bedroom
Sullivan, EdTV Show host
Swaggart, JimmyMentioned in passing by Becca Paulson
Voss, NancyWoman that was having an affair with Joe Paulson. Works with him at the Haven Post Office, after moving from Falmouth. About 50 years old
Welby, MarcusTV Show character that Rebecca Paulson liked



Revenge of Lard Ass Hogan, The

Description

David "Lardass" Hogan was picked on by everyone because of his weight, which was due to a glandular proble, not over eating.

Deciging to get evil revenge, he drunk castor oil before a pie eating contest. As his stomach churned against the oily mass he began thinging about eating nasty things, and soon vomited up the pies and castor oil.

This caused a massive chain reaction, with other contestants and spectators all throwing up on people, on animals, and even in their handbags!

Published

1975, Jul - The Maine Review
1982 - Different Seasons (as a short story within The Body)

People

NameDescription
Beauchamp, FrankWas dating Roberta Hogan
Brockway, MrMethodist minister in Gates Falls
Brockway, MrsWife of Mr Brockway, the minister. She threw up at the pie eating contest
Carmody, ? (Ace)Picked on David Hogan
Carton, SidneyMentioned in passing
Chambers, Richard (Eyeball)Picked on David Hogan
Charbonneau, HizzonerMayor of Gates Falls. He threw up on the microphone at the pie eating contest
Charbonneau, MrsWife of Hizzoner Charbonneau. She threw up on her friend Marcia Lavin at the pie eating contest
Cormier, BobContestant in the Gates Falls pie eating contest. A DJ from Lewiston
Day, ChuckOwner of the Great Day Appliance Store in Gates Falls. He supplied the PA equipment for the pie eating contest
Dodge, SylviaGates Falls Pioneer chairman. She threw up on Hizzoner Charbonneau at the pie eating contest
Dugan, PopSpoke to the bartender at Sukey's Bar & Grill about David Hogan
Fugate, Caril AnnGirlfriend of Charles Starkweather. David Hogan was infatuated with her
Hansen, HubertPrincipal of the Gates Falls High School. A contestant in the pie eating contest. Like many others, he threw up
Hogan, David (Lardass)Born 1948. He was picked on by both adults and children because of his weight. He drunk castor oil before a pie eating contest, and then thought of eating nasty things while eating the pies. This caused him to vomit, setting off a chain reaction where other contestants and spectators to also vomited. Son of Robert and Sheila, brother of Roberta
Hogan, RobertFather of David and Roberta, husband of Sheila. He threw up at the pie eating contest
Hogan, Roberta (Bobbi)Born 1944. Daughter of Sheila and Robert, sister of David. She threw up at the pie eating contest
Hogan, SheilaMother of David and Roberta, wife of Robert. She threw up at the pie eating contest
Karnopp, MerleSheriff in Lincoln, Nebraska where Charles Starkweather was arrested
Lavin, MarciaFriend of Mrs Hizzoner. She attended the pie eating contest and Mrs Hizzoner threw up on her
Mailing, JerryOwner of the Amoco station in Gates Falls. Boss of Bill Travis
Mendros, DrDavid Hogan's doctor
Norcross, BillyPicked on David Hogan
Norman, MissTeacher at Gates Falls High School. She threw up into her purse at the pie eating contest
Omar (The Tentmaker)It was said thatOmar the tentmaker makes clothes for David Hogan due to his size
Spier, CalvinContestant in the Gates Falls pie eating contest in 1960. He threw up on Mrs Charbonneau
Starkweather, CharlesA serial Killer who murdered 11 people. Boyfriend of Caril Ann Fugate. He was put to death for his killing spree
Taylor, ElizabethActress mentioned in passing
Travis, BillThe current pie eating champion in Gates Falls. Mechanic at the Amoco station in Gates Falls. He threw up at the pie eating contest



She Has Gone to Sleep While..

Description

An untitled poem

Published

1971 - Contraband #1

There are no characters listed for this story.


Silence

Description

An unusual 12 line poem with no people named

Published

1970 - Moth
2004 - The Devil's Wine

There are no characters listed for this story.


Skybar

Description

Young boys decide to go up on tho the haunted Skybar roller coaster and get more than they bargained for. Ten of them did not come out alive and of the two survivors, only the narrator remained sane.

King contributed only the first four and the last paragraphs.

Published

1982 - The Do-It-Yourself Bestseller - A Workbook (King's part amounted to 5 paragraphs)

People

NameDescription
Callahan, BrantSaid that the freak show was only a fake. Died on the Skycoaster
Dupree, PopOwner of Dead Eye Shootin' Gallery
Frachers, EddieMember of the White Dragons
Howardson, DeweyFriend of Kirby. Owner of a Sonoco service station
Kirby, ?Friend of the Storyteller (Who's name we do not know)
Stayner, Randy7th grader who was murdered at the Skybar Amusement Park. Thrown from the SkyCoaster
Wilkenson, JohnFriend of Kirby



Slade

Description

Slade was an 8 installment, 6,500 word comic novella published in the Maine Campus. Written from the start as a humorous story, King includes many well-known people from the time into characters of the book.

Jack Slade is mourning the loss of his love, Polly Peachtree, in a tragic accident that saw a flaming balloon crash into the barn where she was milking the cows. He enters a small town where the woman owner of the Bar-T ranch, Sandra Dawson, is being harassed by a local gunman and his men.

Slade comes to the rescue, shooting his way through the men, often in quite funny ways, until he faces the boss - Sam Columbine, who shoots Slade in the back 3 times, but not before he discovers that Sandra Dawson was really his lost love Polly.

Well we can not let the hero die this easily, so it is lucky that Slade put on his bullet proof underwear today! No joke! Anyway he discovers that Polly/Sandra is glad that he was shot, so he gets up, shoots Polly/Sandra, and Columbine, and rides into the sunset on his trusty horse...

Sounds a bit queer to me (Grin)... This was also the first time a character mentioned Stephen King during the story.

Published

1970, Jun 11 to Aug 6 - The Maine Campus (8 issues)

People

NameDescription
Agnew, Fred (Hunchback)The most detested killer in the area. Shot by Slade
Carmichael, HoagyDead Steer Spring's deputy Sheriff
Columbine, SamNasty man that was harassing Sandra Dawson
Dawson, SandraOwner of the Bar-T ranch. She was being harassed by Sam Columbine before Jack Slade came to her rescue. She was eventually shot by Slade
Hart, MoseTop hand at the Bar-T ranch
Hawkins, Sadie12 foot python that was put into bed with Slade by Fred Agnew
Jackson, SunriseGunman for Sam Columbine. Shot by Slade after burning down the Bar-T Ranch
King, SteveMentioned by Slade
Lee, PinkyTop gunman of Columbine. Shot by Slade
Logan, DocGunman for Sam Columbine. Shot by Slade after burning down the Bar-T Ranch
Mitchell, John (Quickdraw)Gunman for Sam Columbine
Mulloy, JackGunman for Sam Columbine. Shot by Slade after burning down the Bar-T Ranch
Parkman, John (The Backshooter)One of Sam Columbine's men. Shot by Slade
Peachtree, PollyJack Slade's Love. She was supposed to have died when a falling Montgolfier balloon hit the barn where she was milking her cows. Turns out to be Sandra Dawson
Quantrill, CaptainCivil war hero that fought with Pinky Lee
Sing-LooSandra Dawson's Chinese cook who was accidentally shot and killed by Slade
Slade, JackA gunslinger with a grim face and 2 sinister 45s. He was in love with Polly, but now falls for Sandra, who turns out to be his lost love Polly
StokelySlades Black Stallion
Zeigfield, RonGunman for Sam Columbine



The Star Invaders

Description

This 17 page short story was written when King was just 17, and is one of the oldest stories in existence, but only one known copy exists, and that is owned by King himself.

It was self-published by King, and is about the earth being over run by The Star Invaders, and the fight by one scientist named Jed Pierce to create the ultimate weapon against the new enemies.

Yes he does create the weapon in time, and saves the world, but not before Jerry Hiken is physically and psychologically tortured and gives up the location of Pierce's laboratory.

Published

1964 - Self published Triad, Inc. And Gaslight Books

People

NameDescription
Callaghan, BrockLieutenant in Jed Pierce's group
Hiken, JerryLieutenant in Jed Pierce's group. He is captured by the Star Invaders who use a punishment from his childhood that causes him to break. He finally committed suicide
Pierce, JedProfessor who creates the Counter Weapon that is used to defeat the Star Invaders
Star Invaders, TheAliens intent on taking over the earth, but they are destroyed by the weapon created by Jed Pierce



The Stranger

Description

A really unusual tale in which Kelso Black (From The Hotel at the end of the road) shoots and kills a guard during an armed robbery. Holed up with his $50,000, he is greeted by a stranger wearing black clothes, who has come for Kelso... They disappear, leaving a slight smell of brimstone.

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Black, KelsoA murdering robber that gets to meet the devil, real close up



Stud City

Description

Edward May had sex with his 16 year old girlfriend, Jane, before driving her home. He tells his father of his dislike for his stepmother, Virginia.

Edward had actually slept with Virginia in the past. He drives to his friend, Danny Carter's, where he will decide his future.

A substantially revised version of this story is contained in The Body, in Different Seasons, but the characters below are from the original Ubris version.

Published

1969, Fall - Ubris
1982 - Different Seasons (Heavily revised) (As a story within The Body)

People

NameDescription
?, AnnAunt of Edward May. Wife of Pete
?, Jane 16 year old girlfriend of Edward May. They had sex, and she was a virgin at the time
?, PeteUncle of Edward May. Husband of Ann
Berry, ChuckSinger heard on the radio
Carter, DannyFriend of Edward May. Edward was going to stay with him for the night
Conant, DuaneFriend of Edward May. He died in car accident
GodMentioned in passing
Hitchcock, AlfredMentioned in passing
JesusMentioned in passing
Libby, MickeyFather of Virginia. Died of cancer
Libby, VirginiaMaiden name of Virginia May. Daughter of Mickey
Loren, SophiaActress mentioned in passing
May, BillySon of Sam and Cathy, brother of Edward and Johnny May
May, CathyMother of Edward, Billy and Johnny, wife of Sam. Worked at the Knapp Shoe store. She died of blood loss during the birth of her son Billy
May, Edward (Chico)Son of Sam and Cathy. Boyfriend of Jane and he had sex with her. He had had sex with his stepmother Virginia, even though he really disliked her
May, JohnnySon of Sam and Cathy, brother of Edward and Billy. Joined the Marines
May, SamFather of Edward, Billy and Johnny, and husband of Virginia. He worked at the Knapp Shoe store.
May, VirginiaEdward Mayf1 quote s step-mother, wife of Sam. Married name of Virginia Libby. Once had sex with Edward
Morrison, SallyDated Sam May after Cathy May died
St ChristopherEdward May wore a St Christopher medailon
Stefano, RuthieShe had sex with Edward May and three other boys
Stormer, CarlAppeared on a TV show



The Tale of Gray Dick

Description

An excerpt from the Dark Tower V

Published

2003 - McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
2003 - As a chapter in Dark Tower V (Revised)

There are no characters listed for this story.


The Thing At The Bottom Of The Well

Description

Oglethorpe is a mean little boy who pulls the wings off insects for fun, but he is in for a big surprise when he finds an old well, and a voice from it's gloomy depths invites him to come and have some fun.

A month later he is finally found, and his arms and legs had been ripped off, and pins are stuck in his eyes. As he is carried off, you can hear laughter from the well.

This story was originally published in "People, Places and Things", a 18 page book of single page short stories written by Stephen King and Chris Chesley.

Published

1960 - People, Places & Things

People

NameDescription
Crater, OglethorpeNasty little boy that enjoys inflicting pain and suffering on all those around him



UR

Published

2009 - Amazon Kindle readers only

People

NameDescription
?, MaryThe Dedication of Cortland's Dogs was "To Sy, and to Mary, with love"
?, SyThe Dedication of Cortland's Dogs was "To Sy, and to Mary, with love"
Allman, DonWorked with Wesley Smith at Moore College
Allman, FrankieSon of Don Allman
Allman, JasonSon of Don Allman
Aubrey, JackCharacter in a Patrick O’Brian book
Bacon, FrancisSome people say that he may have written some or all of Shakespeare's work
Bellow, SaulAuthor mentioned
Bolano, RobertoWesley Smith was reading his book "2666"
Cain, JamesAuthor who died young and only produced "Nightfall" and "Mildred Pierce", and one reference to "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
Carver, RaymondAuthor studied in Wesley Smith's class.
Catchings, TamikaEllen Silverman had a picture of her on her laptop bag
Cather, WillaAuthor of "Paul's Case", a book read in Wesley Smith's class
Cortland, JamesCharacter in Hemingway's "Cortland's Dogs", a novel downloaded by Wesley Smith to his Kindle
Deeson, ShawnaStudent at Moore College and on the Lady Meerkats basketball team. She had trouble learning a move called "the old garden gate", and was eventually cut from the team. She threw rock through the windscreen of Ellen Silverman's Volvo
Dickens, CharlesThought of by Wesley Smith
Dickey, JamesAuthor of Deliverance, read by Wesley Smith
Earl of DarbySome people say that he may have written some or all of Shakespeare's work
Faulkner, ?Searched un the UR's by Wesley Smith, but it was not found
Fitzerland, ScottThought of by Wesley Smith
Frey, JamesMentioned by Wesley Smith
Hemingway, Ernest MillerWesley Smith bought his book "The Old Man and the Sea" for the Kindle
Hemingway, MaryWife of Ernest Hemingway
Henderson, Robert (Robbie)In Wesley Smith's Introduction to Modern American Fiction class, and on the college football ream. He showed Wesley his Kindle reader with the book they were reading on it
Herbert, GeorgeThought of by Wesley Smith
Higgins, DaveRobert Henderson had read all of John D MacDonald's novels, but when checking the UR list the novels had the main character listed as Dave Higgins, not Travis McGee.
Hunter, EvanAuthor thought of by Wesley Smith
Klein, JoeReal name of the author who wrote "Primary Colors" using a pseudonym
MacDonald, John DRobert Henderson had read all of his suspence novels, but when checking the UR list the novels had the main character listed as Dave Higgins, not Travis McGee.
Mailer, NormanThought of by Wesley Smith
Marlow, ChristopherSome people say that he may have written some or all of Shakespeare's work
Maturin, StephenCharacter in a Patrick O’Brian book
Mayer, SarahCharacter in a John D MacDonald novel. Female friend of Dave Higgins
McGee, TravisRobert Henderson had read all of John D MacDonald's novels, but when checking the UR list the novels had the main character listed as Dave Higgins, not Travis McGee.
Meyer, ?Character in a John D MacDonald novel. Friend of Travis McGee
Montanari,SuzanneIn the English department of Moore College. She was described as "vaguely presentable". She played Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" in her Introduction to Modern Drama class
Obama, BarakPresident mentioned by Don Allman
O’Brian, PatrickAuthor read by Wesley Smith
Poe, Edgar AlanAuthor thought of by Wesley Smith. He found six unpublished novels in the UR section of the Kindle reader
Quinn, JosieAsked if Wesley Smith had ever seen a Kindle reader before
Rourke, MickeyMentioned in passing
Shakespeare, WilliamWesley Smith downloaded some of his work to the Kindle, including some that were never written in our reality
Silverman, EllenEx-girlfriend of Wesley Smith and teacher at Moore College. Coach of the Lady Meerkats, the teams female basketball team which had won eight conference titles in the last ten years.
Smith, WesleyInstructor in the English Department at Moore College, in Moore, Kentucky. He bought a Kindle Reader from Amazon.Com, but when it arrived it was pink, not the standard white
Summit, PatTennessee Vols coach, and author of "Reach for the Summit: The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do"
Welty, EudoraThought of by Wesley Smith
Wence, DrTeacher at Moore College. Definately "Old School" type teacher
Westlake, DonaldAuthor thought of by Wesley Smith
Yates, RichardWesley Smith bought his book "Revolutionary Road" for the Kindle



Weeds

Description

On a farm near Cleaves Mills, a strange thing happens - Jordy sees a meteor land, and he goes to investigate. When he touches the strange thing, he starts to turn into a weed.

Published

1976, May - Cavailer (as "Weeds")
1979, Apr - Nugget
1982 - Creepshow (as "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill")

People

NameDescription
Bat, TheGot caught in Jordy Verrill's hair when he was installing insulation in Mrs Carvers attic
Carver, MrsHired Jordy Verrill to insulate her attic
Condon, ?Jordy Verrill's doctor in Cleaves Mills. He was called when Jordy touched the meteor
McGinty, ArlenNeighbour of Jordy Verrill. The weeds started to grow over into his yard from the meteor
Oakley, ?Doctor in Cleaves Mills. He wanted to be paid up front on a visit
Verrill, JordyUnfortunate man who touches a strange meteor that lands on his farm in Bluebird Creek, and turns into a walking weed!
Verrill, MrFather of Jordy. Used to listen to the corn grow
Warren, MrJordy's Banker



Woman With Child

Description

An poem about a woman who feels her unborn child move when she gets out of the bath

Published

1971 - Contraband #1

There are no characters listed for this story.