Thursday, August 16, 2007

Stephen King Mistaken for Vandal

No one can say that Stephen King has lost his sense of humor or the love of pulling a good prank. A bookstore owner in the Australian Outback got a glimpse of the man and his personality recently.

Stephen King, the bestselling author, was mistaken for a vandal in the Australian Outback while secretly signing copies of his own thrillers in a book shop, according to local media reports.

A customer at the Dymocks store in remote Alice Springs raised the alarm after noticing a man walk in off the street and begin writing in several books, manager Bev Ellis told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

"As the owner of a bookshop, when you see someone writing in one of your books you get a bit toey [touchy]," Ms Ellis said.

"So we immediately ran to the books and lo-and-behold here was the signature in several books.

"We sort of spun around on our heels, [saying] 'where did he go, where did he go'?"

Ms Ellis said she found the American horror writer standing in the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket across the road in the small desert town and went over to introduce herself.
Gotta love it...


  1. Ha! I didn't know that was one of the perks of being a published author. I wonder if it will catch on?

  2. My first thought when I read this article, Sylvia, was that I hoped it really was Stephen King and not some clown deciding to fake it. :-)

  3. Great story! Wouldn't it be thrilling to have purchased one without knowing it? Too bad someone saw him doing it.

  4. I'm sure it would have been, Jenclair, and that seems to be what he was trying to achieve. I wonder if he made bookstore stops before this one...people are probably checking the shelves all over Australia about now. :-)

  5. What a great story! This is one of the many reasons I just love Stephen King.

  6. I agree, Stephanie. King has that "little boy who never grew up" kind of sense of humor that I still enjoy. It's hard not to like the man.