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Old 01-18-2018, 11:39 AM   #1
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Stephen King manuscripts destroyed in flood

A broken waterpipe destroyed the original typewritten manuscripts for Dolan's Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive and Eyes of the Dragon.
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Old 01-18-2018, 01:20 PM   #2
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Bummer. Stuff like that should be in either in a safe or bank vault. I'm sure it would have raised a pretty penny from collectors.
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Bummer. Stuff like that should be in either in a safe or bank vault. I'm sure it would have raised a pretty penny from collectors.
Yeah, the store was full of rare books, so the manuscripts aren't the only valuable things lost. Just the most newsworthy.
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Yeah, the store was full of rare books, so the manuscripts aren't the only valuable things lost. Just the most newsworthy.
At one time, I use to collect old Civil War books. I had quite a few books worth well over $100 each some 25 years ago. My main store was a store that specialized in old collectable books. They had a water pipe burst which flooded the store, ruining a large number of books. The store never reopened. Lord knows how much money they lost in that flood.
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At one time, I use to collect old Civil War books. I had quite a few books worth well over $100 each some 25 years ago. My main store was a store that specialized in old collectable books. They had a water pipe burst which flooded the store, ruining a large number of books. The store never reopened. Lord knows how much money they lost in that flood.
That store wasn't in Bangor, was it?
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That store wasn't in Bangor, was it?
No, Atlanta, but it does go to show that you shouldn't set up a book store in the basement of an old building.
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My favorite SF bookstore originally was in a building with apartments above it, and they had several occurrences of the people in the apartment letting the bathtub overflow and flooding the bookstore below. Eventually he bought a building that only housed his bookstores, and hasn't had a flooding since. He did have someone think he was Santa, and got trapped in the chimney, but that's another story.
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That sucks but it's just sentimental value. As long as there are other copies, I'm not horrified by the loss of hard copy. It's the rare books that aren't digitized which loss scares me.
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That sucks but it's just sentimental value. As long as there are other copies, I'm not horrified by the loss of hard copy. It's the rare books that aren't digitized which loss scares me.
The greatest loss with the loss of original manuscripts is to scholarship. There's plenty to be learned by seeing the transformation from original to final.
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I would have thought that even in a damaged state that the ms would have some value. They must have been pretty badly damaged to be unrecoverable.
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I have 3 very large safety deposit boxes in a vault in one old bank that I really don't use anymore. My new bank didn't have boxes near that size. That is over $300 a year cost.

You might ask why not store at home in a fireproof box. Well I have those too.
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