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Butterflygrrrlie
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Hi guys

On www.dailyrotten.com, "Today in Rotten History" states under June 19, 1999:

While taking a walk, horror author Stephen King is struck by a van piloted by a distracted Bryan Smith. King's extensive injuries (broken leg, broken hip, lacerated scalp and collapsed lung) remanded him to a hospital bed for three weeks. Smith would later die in his sleep on Stephen King's birthday.

Does anyone know for sure if it is true that the guy really did die on Stephen King's birthday?? If so, WHOA how freaky is that???????

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Midgard_Dragon
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Wikipedia claims it's true.

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Smith, a disabled construction worker, died in his sleep on September 21, 2000 (King's Birthday) at the age of 43.
I'm fairly sure I've heard interviews with Stephen where he has claimed the same thing, as well. A coincidence, I'm sure, a freaky one, to be sure, though.

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Stephen King's birthday is variously listed as 21 or 22 September 1947. Bryan Smith died on either 21 or 22 September 2000; his body was found on the 22nd.

Wikipedia's article on Bryan Smith says he died of an overdose.

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quote:
Originally posted by Midgard_Dragon:
Wikipedia claims it's true.

And also claims that it's not quite true:

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Bryan Smith (1957 – September 22, 2000) was the driver of the vehicle which hit the author Stephen King on June 19, 1999.
ETA: Gah! Spanked!

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Butterflygrrrlie
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I think it teaches us all a very important lesson: DON'T MESS WITH STEPHEN KING, EVER. LOL!!
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Indeed. He has gunslingers watching out for him, after all!

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1947??? But the first part of that year is 19!

How mysterious.

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quote:
Originally posted by bthyb:
1947??? But the first part of that year is 19!

How mysterious.

[fish]

Was 19 the number that started popping up in the Dark Tower series? I read the original Gunslinger novel before he retconned it, and once references to the retcon stuff started to appear I lost interest and stopped reading.

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The original gunslinger novel was only a small part of The Dark Tower series. Changing it a bit to fit in with a bigger whole (and an awesome bigger whole) is not somthing I'd hold an author at fault for. After all, he wrote The Gunslinger a lonnnnnggg time ago. I'm surprised he even remembers anything about it in the later Dark Tower novels. ^^

And yes, 19 was the number.

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There's a site that lists the differences between the original Gunslinger book and the one edited to fit the series... as I recall, most of the changes were cosmetic.

I've searched but I can't find the site - I saw it a few years ago.

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Is this it?

TheDarkTower.net - The Gunslinger : A Side by Side Comparison

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I bought the "new" editions to have the complete set... which I now do [Big Grin]

Heck, he wrote the books so long ago I'm just glad he finally got the series finished [Smile]

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I have a full set, but 3 are cheap paper backs, one a special edition paperback w/ pics, and 3 hardbacks with pics - a rather motley set.

I really don't like most of the pics, either - I don't think they add much, and some are rather inaccurate.

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Oh boy, I can see a whole Chuck Norris/Stephen King crossover in the works already . . .

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Midgard_Dragon
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quote:
Originally posted by bthyb:
I have a full set, but 3 are cheap paper backs, one a special edition paperback w/ pics, and 3 hardbacks with pics - a rather motley set.

I really don't like most of the pics, either - I don't think they add much, and some are rather inaccurate.

The only pics I didn't like were Oy and...the girl, what was her name? Sue, Suzanne? Anyways, the female gunslinger. I thought that, even though I'm sure her arms would be very well developed from her disability, she was still FAR more muscular than she should have been in the pics.

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Ehh. I just don't like it when anyone creates something, establishes it, and then changes it in order to make it fit better with later work. It makes much more sense to me to write the later work in such a way that it is a natural extension of what comes before.

I realize King has stated many times that he never did have a real outline for the books and that he wrote whenever he was inspired to do so. I know that he often had a feel for what was going to happen but didn't necessarily know all the details. Still, it just seems like really sloppy storytelling to me. Of course, my standards may be a bit strict due to my folks being excellent storytellers . . .

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