Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

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Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by Kenwood on Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:46 pm

I just finished the last half of "Just After Sunset" the other day (read the first half as soon as it came out), and read in the author's note that he'd lost the manuscript for "The Cannibals." After, I was talking to someone about how it would be cool to find something like that, you know. Well, guess King found this one after all...

Anyone read it yet?

http://www.stephenking.com/library/unpublished/cannibals_the.html

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by Brian Sammons on Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:03 am

Nope, never heard of it till now. Thanks for the heads up. I look forward to giving it a read, but at a quick glace I like the yellowed paper and the handwritten corrections. Looks like he just scanned in his old pages which somehow makes the whole thing cooler.

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Post by Kenwood on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:08 pm

Yeah, it's the original draft, recently found in a locked cabinet, I guess.

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by andrewkempster on Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:11 pm

I've just printed off the first 30 pages. Gonna read some before sleep. Will post up my thoughts.

Ken, what did you think of Sunset, mate?

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by Tall Tyrion on Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:52 pm

Nice! Thanks for the head's up...

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by Kenwood on Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:15 pm

andrewkempster wrote:I've just printed off the first 30 pages. Gonna read some before sleep. Will post up my thoughts.

Ken, what did you think of Sunset, mate?
Loved it. It's King facing his mortality. Not horror, but great stuff.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:18 pm

I think there was plenty of horror in there, but I get where you are coming from. King is a great storyteller. He could write in any genre and it would be good.

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Post by andrewkempster on Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:04 pm

I agree. Sunset bombed with a lot of people because there wasn't a lot of horror going on, not of the blood and guts kind anyway. Unfortunately, King has been branded as horror, and when he doesn't write it people say he's losing his edge, he's run out of ideas, blah blah blah.

I suggest anyone who hasn't read 'On Writing' should. It's the closest thing I think most people will get to actually speaking to the guy. It's an amazing piece of work.

As far as 'Cannibals' goes, so far so good. Halfway through at the moment. However.........anybody here familiar with the significance of '19' in King's stories? Already spotting a few.

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Post by Tall Tyrion on Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:30 pm

Cool. That's a possible Dark Tower tie-in then. That was the period where King was hinting at DT in a lot of books, but not writing any more for the series. It was very frustrating. Smile

And while I love it when King does straight horror, I'm not put off when he doesn't. Let the man write what he wants to.

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by andrewkempster on Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:24 pm

What's really cool (in a geeky kinda way) is that the pages are really high quality scans, and King has edited the pages by hand afterwards with a pen, sooooo you can see how he edits his stuff. It's pretty cool (in my opinion anyway!) - I'm finding myself trying to work out what words he's scribbled out, and then figuring out why.

Ah man, my life is so full of excitement I could shit.

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Post by andrewkempster on Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:38 pm

Kenwood wrote:
andrewkempster wrote:I've just printed off the first 30 pages. Gonna read some before sleep. Will post up my thoughts.

Ken, what did you think of Sunset, mate?
Loved it. It's King facing his mortality. Not horror, but great stuff.

I was on the road a lot when I bought this book, so got hold of the audiobook too - really excellent stuff. 'The Things They Left Behind' was outstanding.

People need to realise that the man isn't just confined to blood 'n' guts.

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by Kenwood on Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:38 pm

andrewkempster wrote:What's really cool (in a geeky kinda way) is that the pages are really high quality scans, and King has edited the pages by hand afterwards with a pen, sooooo you can see how he edits his stuff. It's pretty cool (in my opinion anyway!) - I'm finding myself trying to work out what words he's scribbled out, and then figuring out why.

Ah man, my life is so full of excitement I could shit.
lol

Ah, you need to spend more time here. Haha.

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Re: Stephen King's "The Cannibals"

Post by andrewkempster on Tue Sep 29, 2009 9:54 am

Just read that they're gonna try and post another sixty pages of this by the end of the week - I haven't finished the first lot yet. Damn you, World War Z.

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