Unpublished and uncollected works by Stephen King

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According to books by Tyson Blue (The Unseen King), Stephen J. Spignesi (The Lost Work of Stephen King), and Rocky Wood et al. (Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished), there are numerous unpublished works by Stephen King that have come to light throughout King's career, including novels and short stories, most of which remain unfinished. Most are stored among Stephen King's papers in the special collections of the Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine, some of which are freely accessible to the library's visitors, while others require permission from King to read. Additionally, there are a number of uncollected short stories published throughout King's long career in various anthologies and periodicals that have never been published in a King collection.

Unpublished works[edit]

(Partial list)
People, Places and Things is a self-published magazine sized collection of short stories written in 1960 together with his friend Chris Chesley and published using King's brother's small printing press. It comprises a mere eighteen handbound pages, and King estimates only ten copies were printed. Copies were sold to school friends for about $0.10 to $0.25 each. The original collection consists of eight short stories by King and nine by Chesley. According to King, the only surviving copy is in his possession.

'The Stories

  • I'm Falling (lost for years)
  • The Dimension Warp (lost for years)
  • The Hotel at the End of the Road: Two gangsters, Tommy Riviera and Kelso Black, take refuge in an old hotel whose ominous proprietor doesn't want money. He wants the men themselves – as part of his private museum of the dead.
  • I've Got to Get Away!: The narrator awakes, having no idea who he is. Shocked, he realizes that he's working at a conveyor belt and realizes he must get away. He attempts to escape, but is immediately captured by guards who reprogram him. The narrator is revealed to be a faulty robot who occasionally believes it is human. The story implies the robot has experienced this consciousness many times before, only to forget it upon being reprogrammed.
  • The Thing at the Bottom of the Well: A small boy enjoys torturing animals: he tears out the wings of flies, kills worms or mistreats a dog with needles. One day, he is lured into a well by a strange voice. When his body is found, his arms are severed from the body and there are needles in his eyes.
  • The Stranger: A thief and murderer is waylaid by the Grim Reaper himself.
  • The Cursed Expedition: Two astronauts land on Venus, finding an Earth-like atmosphere: the temperature is perfect, and delicious fruit grows. The two astronauts believe they have discovered the Garden of Eden. But when one of the crew is found dead, the survivor is too late in realizing that the planet itself is alive and hungry. The survivor and his rocket are eaten by the planet.
  • The Other Side of the Fog: A mysterious fog serves as a door between dimensions. Pete Jacobs involuntarily travels into the future (the year 2007) and eventually to a world inhabited by dinosaurs. Helpless, he wanders from one dimension to the next, searching for his own.
  • Never Look Behind You!: The short story written together with his friend tells about a mysterious woman killing in a most peculiar way.
The Aftermath is an unpublished novella. The 50,000 word manuscript describes life after a nuclear war suggesting the Armageddon was August 14, 1967, at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. King began the novella at the same time he was beginning Getting It On, the story that would later become Rage). The Aftermath is currently stored among Stephen King's papers in the special collections of the Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine.[1]
Sword in the Darkness is the title of an unpublished novel. It is the longest of King's unpublished works at approximately 150,000 words. Upon its completion in April 1970, it was rejected by twelve publishers. King has said that he now considers it unpublishable and intends for it never to be released to the public. The book's plot includes a character dealing with the suicide of his pregnant sister and the death of his mother from a brain tumor, and another character, a black activist lawyer, who incites a riot after speaking at a local high school.

In 2006, a lengthy excerpt from the book was published in Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished, by Rocky Wood et al. (Cemetery Dance Publications, March 2006). The excerpt related the back-story of one character, a teacher named Edie Rowsmith. It is effectively a stand-alone horror-story in the style of the early Stephen King.

The House on Value Street is the title of an unpublished novel. In his 1981 treatise on the horror genre, Danse Macabre, King describes his attempts to write a fictionalized novel about the kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army. King talks about attempting multiple drafts from various angles, before deciding he could not finish the novel to his satisfaction. King does not describe the plot in any detail, except that the fictionalized SLA's headquarters would be in the eponymous house on Value Street.
In Danse Macabre, while examining how the seeds of effective horror fiction may be found in the cultural climate and political current events, King credits his failure to complete House on Value Street as the genesis of his apocalyptic best-seller The Stand. As King tells it, he began free-associating on his SLA research, and typed the sentence "Donald DeFreeze is a dark man." This first evocation of his recurring villain Randall Flagg, and the societal malaise at the center of Value Street gave King his core ideas to begin The Stand.

Uncollected works[edit]

Short stories[edit]

(Partial list)

The following may have been published in magazines but not in book form: