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Writer Stephen King decries US gun violence

Best-selling writer Stephen King is pictured in New York on February 9, 2009
Best-selling writer Stephen King is pictured in New York on February 9, 2009. In an essay entitled "Guns" and sold by Amazon.com's Kindle Store, the horror writer made an impassioned plea for an end to real-life violence involving firearms.

Best-selling writer Stephen King, known for bloody novels filled with fictional horror and gore, made an impassioned plea for an end to real-life violence involving firearms.

In an essay entitled "Guns" and sold by Amazon.com's Kindle Store, the horror writer inveighs against "an America awash in guns," a statement said.

"If this helps provoke constructive debate, I've done my job," said King.

The article was published Friday on a relatively new platform, Kindle Singles by Amazon.com, allowing writers to quickly publish shorter form works that might be too long for a magazine piece but too short for a book.

The essay can be purchased on the Kindle for 99 cents.

King, among the world's most popular novelists, has sold hundreds of millions of books, a number of which have been adapted into successful Hollywood movies.

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