The Stephen King mystery -- An unidentifiable item is left outside the author's home

By EW Staff
Updated December 25, 1992 at 05:00 AM EST

People in Bangor, Maine, were very afraid. Here was this wrapped… thing plopped at author Stephen King’s gate last June. And King was nowhere in sight. The horror! Was it a bomb? One suspicious neighbor called the cops — who prepared to do what brave men must: detonate! In the midst of which, the shining author arrived home and told the police, ”I bet you 25 bucks it’s a book somebody dropped off… By all means, blow it up.” They did. It was… It. Left by an autograph hound. Ooooo.