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Stephen King Fan Publishes Jack Torrance’s Novel


In Stephen King’s The Shining, Jack Torrance is a frustrated writer who travels to an isolated hotel during winter in hopes of finding inspiration to write the novel he’s always wanted to start.  Alas, “things” get in the way and Jack’s manuscript merely reads “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” over and over again. Not good when you’re aiming for a best seller.

Now New York artist Phil Buehler, a self-described Stephen King fan, has brought Jack Torrance’s book to press. Crediting the work to Torrance, Buehler has self-published a book that also repeats the phrase throughout but employs different formatting on each page, using the words to create various shapes.

I think I’ll go off and bottle my own Red Rum…

Read the article in The Guardian.

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3 Responses to “Stephen King Fan Publishes Jack Torrance’s Novel”

  1. This is obviously a rip-off of Klaus Scheruebel’s far more complex project “Reconsidering Jack Torrance’s All Work and No Play”, from 2006/2008 including a 600 pages book !!!, which has been presented for the first time in spring 2008 (see link below). I have seen parts of it at the art fair in Paris last fall, the book and two of the giant pages. Really amazing! The press release speaks of a previous version published by Scheruebel in 1993. Check out the real thing.

    http://www.ernahecey.com/uk/exhibitions_details_34.php
    http://www.ernahecey.com/uk/exhibitions_details_34_views.php
    http://www.artnet.com/artwork/425637690/140136/klaus-scherubel-jack-torrances-all-work-and-no-play.html

  2. That is a cool exhibit – thanks for posting the links!

    I also came across a German audio book published under Jack Torrance’s name. Apparently it’s an artistic rendition of the phrase read in German in a Jack Nicholson voice.

    http://www.abebooks.com/search/isbn/9783941009059

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