Stephen King has removed an earlier book of his, Rage, from circulation because it was cited after some school shootings. I have often pondered how much a work of fiction (or a movie, or TV drama or some such) can influence other people, particularly in a negative way. An author's intentions are not necessarily what a reader takes away.
I, myself, have written about a sociopath murderer, and wondered how detailed to make his crimes. And, indeed, I did censor myself over some descriptions. As King says, his book did not break any of these people "...because they were already broken."
Hitchcock was once told, in an accusing manner, that a fellow who had murdered seven people had watched Psycho before one of his murders. Hitchcock asked: "What did he watch before the other six?" [DE]
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By Jason Boog
Stephen King has published a 99-cent Kindle Single called“Guns,” a short essay about gun violence in America that “constructs his argument for what can and should be done.”
In the essay, King wrote frankly about Rage, a novel he released under the pen name Richard Bachman about a boy who takes a high school classroom hostage with a gun.
Four different teenagers cited the book after attacks on their schools and King decided to remove the book from publication.