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Subject: The Stephen King Horror Library?
Date Posted: 3/29/2008 1:03 AM ET
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I have three books in this series- Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons. I've found all of these at used bookstores, I never see them in regular ones and have never really found much info on them. Basically, they're really nice hardcover editions of the books with an intro by King explaining the history of the book and why he chose it. Does anyone have any other titles in this series, or have anymore info? TIA

Date Posted: 3/29/2008 12:28 PM ET
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I have Ghost Story by Peter Straub in the same set and The House Next Door.  I had Haunting of Hill House and The Body Snatchers  but swapped them. I used to belong to a book club and they were offered through them, not sure if they were available new any other way. I am not really sure why he chose the titles he did. Maybe someone else does though.

ETA- I think there were 5 in the set. I searched google and could only come up with the ones mentioned above.



Last Edited on: 3/29/08 6:29 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 3/29/2008 6:02 PM ET
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Although I do not own any of these, it is my understanding that they were part of the "Stephen King Horror Library", where it was a "book of the month" type club that you joined (I seem to remember tv commercials for this).  The books were to be sort of an "essential" classic series, books that he thought horror fans should not be without.  I remember some ebay auctions a few years ago, and the seller had @10 I think, but I do not know how many books there really are.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 1:01 PM ET
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I would be interested in a list of this library. From those you mentioned here I've read all without even knowing they belong to any list.
Date Posted: 4/1/2008 4:16 PM ET
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I went searching Google and a few sites I know of, but wasn't able to find a complete list, just a list of "books tagged as" from a few other sities, or an ad or two for ones on sale.  Seems kind of odd when you look at some of the miscellanea that people collect about him that I could find a listing 5-6 pages deep in Google.  I was eaven searching for lists that gave books he did intros for and didn't find anything.  My Google skills are week today :(

Date Posted: 4/3/2008 2:15 AM ET
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I couldn't find anything either. Who invented that list anyway ? King himself ? I found nothing on his homepage.

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 10:19 AM ET
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I have a copy of the house next door, however it is an old paperback copy.

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 4:42 PM ET
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I have all 3 of these books but never knew they were part of any library. I tried reading Haunting of Hill House and couldn't get into it. Does it get better?  I finished The Beast House trilogy and thought the 3rd book was the best.

Christa:)

I WILL TAKE ANY BOOK ON MY WISHLIST IN ANY CONDITION AS LONG AS IT'S READABLE

Steven,   Do you know if there is going to be another Beast House book?  He left it WAY open for another book.



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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 10:18 PM ET
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Christa, there won't be any more new books by Laymon. Laymon died in 2001. Most of his book are republished or the newer are published posthumously by his wife. http://www.ains.com.au/~gerlach/rlbiblio.htm

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Date Posted: 4/8/2008 7:46 PM ET
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You know sometimes I am so BLONDE!!! I knew this and totally forgot! I read some posts from Steven about this.

That really sucks!!! I have just about all his books. I'm trying to get them all.

Thanks Kirstin for the info, Greatly appreciated.

Christa

I WILL TAKE ANY BOOK FROM MY WISHLIST IN ANY CONDITION AS LONG AS IT'S READABLE.

Date Posted: 4/9/2008 3:06 PM ET
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I didn't know he was dead, I just heard about him probably six months ago, boy I must really be behind, what did he die of?

Date Posted: 4/10/2008 5:48 PM ET
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Sorry, I did get to the thread sooner, dealing with my first newborn.  Laymon has sadly passed, I believe that it was due to a heart attack.  There were  (IIRC) two completed novels unpublished when he died, The Lake, and Into the Fire (APA Glory Bus).  Leisure has been reissuing his backcatalog for a number of years now.  The next book out is The Woods Are Dark, a restored edition.  The original had quite a number of pages cut (@100 I think), and there will be an afterward by Kelly Laymon, Richard's daughter.  Until the last year or so, Kelly worked for Cemetery Dance Publications, a small horror press that had published many of the limited editions of Laymon's while he was  alive.  There is also going to be a  collection called In Laymon's Terms from the above publisher, which is an anthology of Laymon inspired stories from various authors.  I wouldn't be surprised if The Beast House makes an appearance.