Isn’t Stephen King the greatest? He’s my personal favorite author of all time, and I’d imagine the same can be said for many of those reading this.
That is certainly the case for Gerald Winters, resident of Bangor, Maine. Winters has devoted lots of time and effort to amassing a huge collection of arguably priceless King-related artifacts, and putting them on display in his book store Gerald Winters & Son.
Just some of Winter’s vintage King treasures included original manuscripts, signed books, rare first editions, and other memorabilia. Unfortunately, much of these amazing finds have now been lost due to an unfortunate flood.
As the Maine Public reports, a broken water main near Winters’ store caused the basement to flood. Winters had been reorganizing his business, leaving a large portion of his inventory in boxes downstairs while he did so.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Winters, who immigrated to the U.S. from Thailand, and sought only to display his collection for the enjoyment of customers. Now the majority of his rarest items are destroyed.
Some of the thousands of King materials Winters lost include a first edition of Pet Sematary, and the original manuscripts for Maximum Overdrive and Eyes of the Dragon. Also ruined were rare books signed by authors George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien.