Rocky Wood and Tim Lebbon could use our help

Rocky Wood is a recognized authority on all things Stephen King, having produced four major books about the author (including Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished and Stephen King: The Non-Fiction, both from Cemetery Dance) and to0 many articles to mention. As you can imagine, he’s amassed an impressive King-centric collection over the years – a collection that he’s now putting up for sale through independent bookseller The Overlook Connection.

This might, at first, be good news for King fans. Click on the link above and you’ll see a large list of obscure King material, from the old Castle Rock newsletters to copies of the, ahem, gentlemen’s magazines that published much of King’s early short stories. According to the letter accompanying the listing (you can see both at the link above), it’s just the first wave of stuff going up for sale. Unfortunately, the letter also explains Wood’s reason for selling his collection, and it isn’t good news.

Wood was recently diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a disease for which there is no true treatment and no known cure. Wood lives in Australia and will benefit somewhat from its socialized medical system, but the bills are going to mount up, and quickly. Part of the reason for this auction is to pay for devices that will help him communicate when he, inevitably, is disabled – devices that he already plans to donate to others when he’s gone.

So, click the link, peruse the listing, and, if you can, help Rocky Wood pay for his medical expenses and the soon-to-be-necessary modifications to his home. We’ve seen this community band together in the face of publishers gone bad – let’s put that same enthusiasm to work here.

Let’s put it to work here, also. Author Tim Lebbon is climbing three mountains as part of a fundraising effort for St. David’s Foundation in South Wales, a palliative care unit that took care of his mother when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He’ll conquer 9,800 feet of ascent and descent in just 24 hours. The climb takes place in June, so there’s plenty of time to sign up and show Tim your support.

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