Stephen King Chair

The University of Maine in Orono has announced the endowment of the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature. The position is for a five year renewable term and is tenured. They are currently taking applications for the first professor to fill the position, whose term will begin in August 2017. The chair is named for horror author Stephen King, who graduated from the university in 1970. The position is partially endowed by the Harold Alfond Foundation.

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Obituary: Rocky Wood

New Zealand author Rocky Wood (b.1959) died on December 1. Wood was one of the world’s foremost experts on the writings of Stephen King, publishing at least five volumes on King’s works and collecting. Wood worked as a researcher for King on King’s novel Doctor Sleep. Wood was currently serving as the President of the Horror Writers Association and had been diagnosed with ALS in 2010.