King Phantom - F. Brett Cox
Dec. 3rd, 2009
03:51 pm - King Phantom
Went to see Stephen King last night. He gave a reading/talk at the Middle and Elementary School gym in Manchester, VT, sponsored by the world-class indie bookstoreNorthshire Books. $10 a head, more if you wanted seats closer to the front and a signed copy of Under the Dome. (We already have the book, and our seats were fine.) The place was packed. King was introduced by John Irving, whose presence had not been previously announced. Two-thirds of Irving's introduction was devoted to Those Who Do Not Respect Plot, Especially Those Wankers at the New York Times Who Keep Dissing Me and Steve. The final third was an eloquent appreciation of King. When Big Steve hit the stage, I felt the same surge of affection I felt when I saw Johnny Cash. King talked briefly, read from Dome, and took questions from the audience. He was relaxed and affable, and it was an entertaining evening.
Back in my neighborhood, the repackaged Phantom anthology is now available via Amazon. Trade paperback, spiffy new cover, blurbs you can trust, and 14 original stories by all kinds of folks, including me.