Original Stephen King manuscripts destroyed in flooding

The author has said he will see if he can help the bookstore affected "in any way"

Several original Stephen King manuscripts have been destroyed in by flooding at local bookstore in Bangor, Maine.

Gerald Winters And Son lost 2,000 books – 90 percent of their inventory – in the flooding, which was caused by a burst pipe. The Bangor Daily News reports that the basements of several businesses in the downtown area of the town were affected.

Amongst the damaged items were original typed Stephen King manuscripts, first editions and limited edition books. The total damage caused is still being assessed by insurance adjusters, but it has been confirmed that original manuscripts of Dolan’s Cadillac, Maximum Overdrive, and The Eyes Of The Dragon were destroyed.

Stephen King

Stephen King

Gerald Winters And Son moved to Bangor in 2006 to be closer to King, who lives 130 miles away in Portland, Maine. The owners had been working on their collection of the author’s works for over 20 years.

King told the paper that he was “horrified” by the news and added: “As a book lover, my heart goes out to him. I will eventually reach out and see if I can help in any way.”

Meanwhile, King’s classic 1986 horror novel It was adapted into a movie last year, starring Bill Skarsgård and Finn Wolfhard. The film is one of six nominees in the Best Film supported by Zig-Zag category at the VO5 NME Awards 2018.