When you open up a Stephen King book, you expect to be horrified, but not by a note someone left in the cover! Twitter user Summer Burton was getting ready to purchase a pre-owned copy of King’s 2000 memoir On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, when she opened to the front and found an anonymous masterclass in breaking hearts.
I bought the Stephen King writing book at a used bookstore and just opened it to find this card inside. Now I’m very sad! pic.twitter.com/aZpEnVRvm0
— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne) February 8, 2019
A card, kept within the used book, laid out a downright depressing piece of advice:
“Anthony — Please listen to me! I want you to start a savings account. Anytime you have more to ‘spare’ drop it in that account. Call it ‘my survival account.’ Never use that money. Let it accumulate and not even in an emergency take from it — only add to it. If someone had told me years ago that I would be living at the poverty level, I would have said ‘never!’ Well I’m struggling to stay afloat and I have no one to blame but myself. As a matter of fact I saw this book at a resale shop, it cost 54 cents, it’s your birthday present. I love you! — Grandma”
Twitter users were devastated by Grandma’s brutal honesty:
Jesus. I feel like I just got punched in the face.
— Jesse McLaren (@McJesse) February 8, 2019
oh my god find the grandma and give her money
— tom schwartz’s transition lenses (@rachelmillman) February 8, 2019
well, here's the saddest thing in the world https://t.co/xXECYSKkyA
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) February 8, 2019
Please someone let us know if Grandma turned out ok…
— Ｂｅｃｃａ Ｆｒａｓｉｅｒ (@bexmix) February 8, 2019
Well now I’m very sad too
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) February 8, 2019
This is… unbearable.
— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) February 8, 2019
Is this how torture works?
Brb gonna go punch capitalism
— Kristin Chirico (@lolacoaster) February 8, 2019
Yes how could you throw away grandma's truth like that. I feel like Anthony never even opened the book to see the card.
— Jeff Besos (@arispades) February 9, 2019
I truly want to throw up. This is crushing.
— maggie mull (@infinitesimull) February 8, 2019
Stephen King would be proud of the emotion this single page was able to extract from readers.
I bet Stephen King himself put this card in there. What a master of horror!
— LibT.A.R.D.I.S. (@dinnerbeans) February 8, 2019
Scariest King novel yet
— Shanaz (@NezRigi) February 8, 2019
Looks like Grandma read the book first, too. A lot of depth and emotion in a short note. @StephenKing would be proud
— David Goodman (@buenhombredavid) February 8, 2019
One thing’s for certain: Anthony did not have a pleasant birthday if he did end up reading this card.
"Happy" birthday, Anthony.
— Elle Kay (@Elle_Kennedy) February 8, 2019