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Stephen King vowed to help a bookstore owner who lost their collection

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Author Stephen King says he wants to help a Maine bookstore owner who lost thousands of dollars worth of rare books, including original King manuscripts, after a flood caused by a broken pipe.

King tells the Bangor Daily News he was "horrified" to hear about Gerald Winters' bookstore in Bangor. Winters says about 2,000 books were ruined, including rare first-editions.

As many as seven of King's original typed manuscripts - including those for "Dolan's Cadillac," and "The Eyes of the Dragon - also were lost.

King says he plans to reach out to Winters and see if he can help. The horror writer says he was heart-stricken as a book lover.

Winters opened Gerald Winters & Son in King's hometown in 2016. Winters spent almost 20 years collecting rare King books and other items.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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