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Thursday, August 28, 2008 |
( 8/28/2008 07:17:00 AM ) Bill S.
PUMP IT UP. Though it's not yet been, to the best of my knowledge, reprinted in any of his collections, one of my favorite Stephen King short stories has long been "The Blue Air Compressor," which originally appeared in a 1981 issue of Heavy Metal magazine. A somewhat experimental attempt at blending Poe, Bradbury and Borges, the story concerns an unlikable writer named Gerald who murders an equally unpleasant fat woman with the title device after she's mocked his short story about her. What makes the story intriguing is the fact that King includes a series of footnotes with it, talking about the process of writing this story and noting at point that he's stolen Gerald's method of murder from an old fifties horror comic. For years, I assumed that King had invented this nasty little horror comic - and I remember an old Comics Journal piece by respected fan critic Bhob Stewart which asserted the same thing - but thanx to a Dirk Deppey link and a new-to-me blog called Fortress of Fortitude, I see that the Ditko-illustrated story, "Family Mix-up," is genuine.