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    Question You Would Ask Stephen King

    If you could ask Stephen King a question, what would it be?

    For me, I would ask him about the Paul Bunyan statue that is featured in both "It" and "Insomnia". In "It" the statue is evenly loved and hated by the population of Derry. When we come back to Derry, five years later, in "Insomnia", the statue has been replaced. With all the drastic repairs that had to have been made to Derry, why would the citizens allocate the funds for a new statue that quickly?
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    "I'm sick of following my dreams, man. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin' and hook up with them later."- Mitch Hedberg

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    Man, that is so tough. I was going to see him in MN but missed it. I'd probably ask something about the Dark Tower, or maybe books that I've heard are rumored to be in the works, like the third book in the Talisman/Black House series.

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    I would ask why he didn't write an actual book for Storm of the Century, instead of a moviec script. I loved the movie and wanted to read the book. then I found out that the book was nothing more than a script, so I couldn't get that great character build up and scenery set up that he is known for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    Man, that is so tough. I was going to see him in MN but missed it. I'd probably ask something about the Dark Tower, or maybe books that I've heard are rumored to be in the works, like the third book in the Talisman/Black House series.
    Would that have been in St. Paul for Under the Dome? I went to that-was one of the coolest things I've ever done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by C.W. LaSart View Post
    Would that have been in St. Paul for Under the Dome? I went to that-was one of the coolest things I've ever done!
    YEP. Should have made the trek up from Chicago. Stupid of me to pass.

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    I went to see him at City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco and got to ask him my number one question: do you have posture problems or aches from writing? Because I sure do. He laughed and told a great story: When he first published Salem's Lot, he sent a copy to his idol, Richard Matheson. Much to King's surprise, Matheson wrote back. Not only that, but he had some advice for King. Advice from Olympus! From the gods themselves! What could it possibly be? A single sentence: "Get a music stand." That way, King would have something to prop his manuscript on when he was working on corrections and typing them into a new draft. It was really sound advice to prop up the pages, for him and for me. He also laughed, said it was a great question, and that nobody ever asked about the mechanics. (This last part was bragging, sorry, but I had to throw it in, because it was such a treat to hear).

    If I had a second question, I'd ask if the event in The Mist was what caused all the crazy monsters in the Dark Tower Wastelands. He's never said The Mist is connected to DT, but I think it would add up nicely.

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    Being a displaced Mainer at the moment, I lived close to Bangor. Have seen that Paul Bunyan statue many a time! lol.It's also fun when reading a book such as IT(my personal fave)and be able to see the Bangor landmarks he talks about(such as the water tower) Have also seen the man himself a few times. It's not unusual to see him in the Bangor Mall or driving around town, not to mention driving by his house on West Broadway. For locals it's the norm and we leave him alone. and no,unless things have changed which I dont think they have, he does not do autographs if you just approach him and ask. But if you see him and say hey that's different. He will chat with you for a bit. Luckily my mother dated a good friend of his so I got my Tommyknockers personally signed waaaay back in '88! I know this is a rather long winded answer to this question, but I am feeling nostalgic and now, a little homesick! lol. I haven't actually met him myself, just seen him around town. Honestly, I would probably talk to him more about Maine, the mutual friend he had with my mom, and the Red Sox!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    YEP. Should have made the trek up from Chicago. Stupid of me to pass.
    Small world! It was a very limited thing-only about 1K I believe-just think, we could've been sitting in the same theatre! I'm often astonished at the links you can find with people! It was a great show, but that Audrey Niffeneger (sp?) that spoke with him was a very unpleasant person.

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    Small world indeed. I keep hearing these things about Audrey. I know she's a bit eclectic, by why do you say she was unpleasant? She's here in Chicago. Don't know her, nor have I worked with her.

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    Excuse me sir, could you sign this piece of paper? Never mind the fact that it is a check and has all those digits. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    Small world indeed. I keep hearing these things about Audrey. I know she's a bit eclectic, by why do you say she was unpleasant? She's here in Chicago. Don't know her, nor have I worked with her.
    Just came across as very uppity and not at all personable-snobbish. She had attitude when she answered questions and said I write for myself, I don't care what my fans think. Even King gave her a sideways glance a time or two when she was talking. She also spoke in a weird British accent only half the time. She just didn't impress me much. I got the impression she knew everyone was there to see King and she was pissed about it.

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    Of course she could be a lovely person in her private life, but she came across as superior and haughty. Maybe she's a real gem when she's not in the spotlight. Who knows.

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    ha...i can just picture Steve turning his head, mumbling to himself - although i always liked him with the beard better, he looked more insane - or this one


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    That is a great picture.

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    The mustache and uni-brow are clearly engaged in some kind of cold war stand-off.

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    I was one of the lucky ones to see King in NYC, at the Radio City Music Hall Harry, Carrie and Garp benefit, a couple of years ago.
    Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky few selected to ask him a question. Salman Rushdie was, though. Or actually, his small son he had with him.
    To tell the truth, I hadn't prepared any questions, so maybe I was lucky not having been selected.

    sk

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    I would ask him if The Low Men In Yellow Coats were real? I would ask him to tell me everything he knew about The Low Men.

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    I'd like to know if Fritzy the feline in "Big Driver" is so named in honor of Fritz Leiber!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixie View Post
    I would ask him if The Low Men In Yellow Coats were real? I would ask him to tell me everything he knew about The Low Men.
    i've read a lot of King and over the years my "favorite" aspects of his work have changed. Currently, I would say that the Low Men are my current favorite of his. I too want to know more about them - I especially liked their appearance in UR, his eBook
    It ain't braggin' if you can do it. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    I was one of the lucky ones to see King in NYC, at the Radio City Music Hall Harry, Carrie and Garp benefit, a couple of years ago.
    Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky few selected to ask him a question. Salman Rushdie was, though. Or actually, his small son he had with him.
    To tell the truth, I hadn't prepared any questions, so maybe I was lucky not having been selected.

    sk

    I was there compliments of CD. It was a lot of fun.


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