A water main burst in front of bookstore Gerald Winters & Son in Bangor ME, flooding the basement and soaking dozens of rare Stephen King works, including first- and limited-edition copies, galleys, foreign editions, ephemera, and seven original manuscripts. Winters, who opened the store a year ago, was a devoted collector of King’s work, and kept most of the rarer items for display, and not for sale. He lost about 2,000 items, including original manuscripts of story “Dolan’s Cadillac” and novel The Eyes of the Dragon. The damage was extensive because he’d moved much of his inventory into the basement while reorganizing the shop upstairs. Winter is still assessing the full extent of the damage, but estimates that only about ten percent of his stock escaped damage.
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