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Stephen King has decided to remove his first novel from bookshelves.

King’s “Rage” was originally published in 1977 under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

It about a student who brings a gun to school and kills members of the faculty before taking his class hostage.

Four different teenagers who committed school shootings said they had copies of “Rage.”

“My book did not break [these teenagers], or turn them into killers; they found something in my book that spoke to them because they were already broken,” King said.

“Yet I did see ‘Rage’ as a possible accelerant, which is why I pulled it from sale. You don’t leave a can of gasoline where a boy with firebug tendencies can lay hands on it.”

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  • Lionel Frankenstein

    King insisted the book be taken out of print in 1996/1997, and it was widely reported at the time. So are you just reminded everyone of a 16 year old news story?

    • bugsbunny1

      Mr. Frankenstein: This is a partial news story.
      Mr. King just published an essay called "Guns," and his "Rage" story is peripheral history connected to that, thus this story.
      But, apparently, it's the most gossipy aspect? I guess maybe it's more controversial (read: "newsworthy") than Mr. King's "Guns" essay!
      Full disclosure: I haven't read "Guns" nor "Rage."

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