We broke off the last leg of our tour with the end of 1991, which brought Needful Things and the "end" of Castle Rock. I said then that the implication of that novel was that King's career was going in some other direction.
"You Know they Got a Hell of a Band"
- published in Shock Rock (a Pocket paperback edited by Jeff Gelb) in January, 1992
- collected in Nightmares & Dreamscapes, 1993
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I bought this book when it came out, presumably using Christmas money, and presumably still high on having read The Waste Lands over winter break. Perhaps this explains why I felt the story was a letdown, an opinion I have since reversed entirely.
It's a stupendously weird concept: a bickering husband and wife get lost on a cross-country drive and end up in a town called Rock And Roll Heaven, where, gosh, everyone sure does look like dead rock stars. There's Joplin, and there's Morrison, and ... well, the King himself must be around somewhere, mustn't he?