The Road to Misery – Part 10: Resonance

I’m so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’— Carol Burnett

I

You cannot help but feel that the events and experiences in our lives have already been played out for others who were around long before we were. Everything is repeated over and over again, through the generations, since the beginning; maybe in different forms, but at the heart of it, there is no difference. We think we know things. We think we adapt, and learn as we go through it all. And we do. But none of it is new. The fabric of it is not new, and our ancestors went through it all before us.

It feels as if there is a single strand of some unknown force running through the scope of human emotion, and what we call the Human Condition. Take away light, and sound and form; what we have left is resonance. Someone in 1853 stumbles on a rock in the road and falls, thereby creating a shift in the flow of energy. We are born out of seemingly trivial decisions, and on the surface, random acts; and we cannot help but wonder if this is all by design, or some chaotic, haphazard and unattended blast of energy.

And we face it, perplexed and enlightened and reborn and broken, and we come alive, and we die the slow death, and as children we gallop into the ocean, and build castles of sand on the beach, and we watch the tide take it all away, and we long for that lost summer of 1960-something, and for the boy or girl who got away and still think about decades later, and somewhere in all of that, we honor those who came before by making the same mistakes they did, by casting as big, or bigger a shadow than they did, by manifesting our future out of dirt roads and burned down houses, the pull to the left instead of the right, and the going with it; the faith and the hope and the endless possibilities we face every day. We do it, because what else can we do. How else can we live.

II

After the call during which I was told that the signed edition of Misery was approved, there was no one around to high five, so I called two people who were close to the project from the beginning, and shared the good news. “Are you sitting down,” I began. And of course, by then, they knew what I was going to say next. I also went out that night and bought everyone in the bar a round of drinks.

Keeping the secret was particularly hard. Even though I knew it was a done deal, I did not want to mention or announce anything until I had the signed signature sheets in my hands. So the very first order of business was getting the sheets designed and printed. We acted fast, and had them done in about a month, then shipped them off for signing.

Even though it was real, it did not feel as real as it did the day I received the pages back, and the moment I saw Stephen King’s signature on them. Here’s a clip from that day, back in January this year.


As we are now on the eve of the publication of this edition, it is a good time to pull on my ear, and say farewell to this series. I have enjoyed sharing some of this story with you, and I want to thank you for listening. The months that followed that phone call, leading up to this day, have been a dream. A blast of energy coming from a place I do not claim to understand, but to which I give my life, and from which I draw my inspiration.

From the start, it has been my sole purpose to create an edition of this novel, that will honor the work, and the author. To bring joy to those who purchase it, to do the best job that I know how in order to make that happen, and I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did making it for you.

I have a depth of gratitude that goes on through me, and the ground I am standing on, and out the other end of the world, and into the universe, for each and every one of you who have shown your love and support of this edition, and for the Suntup press. Thank you for being on this wild ride with me. This is only the beginning my friends.

Chuck Verrill and Marsha DeFilippo, the same depth of gratitude extends to you both. I will be grateful to you through the end of my days.

Stephen King, thank you. For many reasons, and in particular, for shifting the flow of energy by approving this edition. It has created a groundswell which I never anticipated, and has allowed me to launch into more books that I will publish over the coming months and years.

And to Misery. What is this book, but the reincarnation of a parachute flare fired over an ancient battlefield, toward the smoky blue sky.

 

  • Phill Warren August 7, 2018, 7:33 am

    “And now the fireworks are gonna start.”

    Great to see how much this means to you, and that you’re a fan the same as us.

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  • Kris Webster August 7, 2018, 7:50 am

    Touching , sincere and brilliant. Congrats my good friend… you deserve it all:) kris

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  • michael doukas August 7, 2018, 8:48 am

    That was a fitting ending. Congrats on getting to do this Paul and congrats to all who are getting them,

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  • Clay Dove August 7, 2018, 9:16 am

    Wonderful Paul! When you first “bowed down” to the sheets I teared up. Sincerest congratulations on creating a masterpiece that sets the bar WAY HIGH!

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    • michael doukas August 7, 2018, 10:24 am

      I Felt Paul’s emotions through the screen as well.

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  • Joe Manning August 7, 2018, 9:44 am

    Thanks to your sharing we are all on that ride forward. Kudos for your continued dedication to perfection.

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  • Paul Suntup

    Paul Suntup August 7, 2018, 9:50 am

    Thanks for the comments guys! I very much appreciate it.

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  • Larry Fire August 7, 2018, 9:51 am

    Paul,
    Congratulations my friend, you deserve this! I’m so happy for you; this is just the beginning! Remember to enjoy the moment. I wish you continued success and I’m so glad that we met.

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  • Ron Swintek August 7, 2018, 10:48 am

    Paul, that was truly moving, seeing your emotional validation for all of your passion and all that you’ve been through to get to THAT moment. So very inspiring. I’m so happy for, man!

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  • Brian Hester August 7, 2018, 10:55 am

    Paul, being a Dragon Rebound subscriber and helper bee, I was disappointed when you told me that you would not be doing a Dragon Rebound edition of Misery as initially planned. :-[

    Your explanation that the reason you couldn’t do a rebound of the title was because you were doing a Signed Limited of Misery alleviated my initial disappointment and obviated any further possible disappointment. :-]

    You have done a remarkable job with every Dragon Rebound and Suntup Editions publication so far.

    There is no doubt that Suntup Editions Misery will not only follow that example but exceed it.

    It may sound somewhat masochistic, but I can hardly wait for my Misery and more Misery to follow.

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  • Dave Shackleton August 7, 2018, 12:41 pm

    Awesome production. I cannot wait to see everyone’s unveiling. Very exciting times, enjoy every moment Paul.

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  • Hans Curtis August 7, 2018, 12:44 pm

    so glad the Misery limited edition is from Suntup, my favorite King book gets the attention is deserves! thank you Paul!

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  • Shac August 7, 2018, 1:09 pm

    WOW! looks amazing buddy. Dream come true

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  • Timothy Feather August 7, 2018, 4:09 pm

    Going to miss these posts Paul but thanks for sharing with us your amazing and inspiring voyage. I can’t wait to see the results in my hands and also see what’s to come.

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  • Sean Strange August 7, 2018, 4:59 pm

    Bravo ! I look forward to a nice friendly visit with Annie. What a great journey for a beautiful stunning book. I look forward to unboxing my own and can’t wait to see what you do next! Thanks for a wonderful edition for our collections. Congratulations on a job well done.

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  • Marc Goldfinger August 7, 2018, 5:33 pm

    My hands and eyes and mind are hungry to devour this Tome that will soon be heading my way. Nay, not Misery, but glory be! Thanks so much Paul! I’m getting the Gift Edition but it will be enough for this Constant Reader.

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  • Paul Suntup

    Paul Suntup August 7, 2018, 11:23 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone. I really appreciate it.

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  • Sven Declerck August 8, 2018, 12:53 am

    I really enjoyed these posts. Thanks for sharing your story.
    As a noob collector I’m thrilled to be on board and I can’t wait to admire your work. It’ll be gorgeous ! Awesome labour of love, Paul.
    Thank You!

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  • Jeff Winston August 9, 2018, 3:28 pm

    Congrats Paul. Job well done and appreciate the story that lead to this. Beautiful stunning piece of art.

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