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July 13th, 2005

Stephen King is Spamming Me

Several years ago, Stephen King released one of his novels online. I don’t even remember what it was called because it wasn’t very good.

But every since then, I’ve been stuck on the Stephen King mailing list. I never bothered to unsubscribe because it was getting filtered to my spam folder anyway, but yesterday I looked at one of the letters sent out from the official list and realized it had nothing to do with Stephen King. Well, maybe a very tiny little bit. But almost nothing.

This is what it contained:

Stephen joined World Series Champion Boston Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo on Bronson’s album “Covering The Bases”. The album, which includes various cover songs, was released on July 12. The album features many of the top musicians in music, including Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Leland Sklar (Phil Collins) and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains).

The album also features Red Sox players Johnny Damon, Kevin Youkilis and Lenny DiNardo, along with Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein.

Stephen contributed additional lyrics and spoken word on the fourth track “Everlong”. Check out Bronson’s album at … is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a series of events including a Hall of Fame which features an excerpt from a novel in progress (the working title is currently Cell).

We do not have a publication date for this new novel at this time, but you can read the excerpt titled “The Pulse” here.

It seems like the Official Stephen King mailing list is now really just being used for other random promotions that are only barely linked to the man himself. Granted, it’s not spam in the sense that his people sold my address (like the folks at Dennis Kucinich’s site did… unless it was stolen), but it’s still a pretty lame topic for a mailing list about a writer.

(Note that I’m now unsubscribed.)

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FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 7:22:55 am
Sounds like an awful album, too.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 8:05:12 am
King is a huge Red Sox fan. He attended every home game last year and wrote a book about it.

From what I've heard, the book is dreadfully boring.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 11:18:03 am
my boyfriend Nick is also a devoted BoSox fan. Of course, last year he got almost every Red Sox 2004 thing known to the world, thanks to his Fall River relatives. I think he's saving the remaining like 300 pages of King's book for a long plane ride when he wouldn't otherwise be able to sleep...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 12:54:02 pm
I guess Stephen might be the "King of Spam."

No, please, neither laugh nor groan. Just ignore it. It's a disease. I annoy myself with such puns, yet I can't help myself. My brain must do it.

Stupid brain.

FROM: Andy Dawe
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 4:18:43 pm

FROM: jk
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 6:16:33 pm
Haven't you got some spelling to master?

FROM: snaily
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 6:38:26 pm
by the way, why did the email have to include all of the real names of the famous artists? you dont have to give me the name Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp) for me to know who he is

FROM: Paul
DATE: Wednesday July 13, 2005 -- 8:32:39 pm
Uh... those are the people who played with those people. Kenny Aronoff played with Mellencamp, e.g.

A two-second Google search took care of that one.

FROM: Erin
DATE: Thursday July 14, 2005 -- 12:22:38 pm
The e-book was _Riding the Bullet_, followed by _The Plant_ (in three parts). I made the terrible mistake of reading the e-books as well.

DATE: Friday July 15, 2005 -- 4:17:55 pm

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