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Stephen King wants to build an empire

Stephen King wants to build an empire

Stephen King isn't satisfied with selling zillions of books. He isn't satisfied with several decades of movie adaptations, from "Carrie" in 1976 to "The Mist" in 2007. He isn't satisfied with an income that must rival that of the rest of the state of Maine.

No, he wants to be King. An empire-type King.

King (shown here with some loyal subjects and his Minister of Defense) wants his fans to help develop a virtual empire that he can rule over. Here's how he describes it on his website: "After 36 years (give or take) of writing stories, I find myself hungry—not for food, but for power. I've decided to build a virtual empire, but I need your help. Please pitch in and help me feed my insatiable appetite for grandiosity."

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He's seeking captioned photos of places that would fit neatly in Kinglandia, Stephenistan or whatever it might be called. (He's mad, I tell you! MAD!) That could be an antique shop called Needful Things or a Steve's Used Cars, he says. For my part, I offer up the King's Contrivance, one of the villages that make up Columbia, Md. King will be happy to know that streets in the village take their names from "The Folk Songs of North America," as well as the works of Carl Sandburg and Emily Dickinson.

If you have other suggestions, let me know. And send a photo if you can.

p.s. Just in case you thought this new project might distract King from taking swipes at Stephenie Meyer, check out the sample photos he provides on his website. One photo, of the doors of a Fire King furnace, is captioned: "What a great place to burn a copy of Twilight.

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