You’re not going to believe this one!
Stephen King has a short story in the New Yorker this week called “Premium Harmony.” http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/features/2009/11/09/091109fi_fiction_king
It features a store called the Quik-Pik. There’s even a drawing of the Quik-Pik in the magazine.
You’ll note that King’s store is spelled differently than mine, but what’s a couple letters between friends?
While it’s rather unlikely that I inspired King, you may recall that HE inspired Lyle and his friends a bit. They mentioned “Stand By Me” in their Official Report.
In fact, you might easily see a number of similarities between The Qwikpick Adventure Society and Stand by Me/The Body. I imagine it did influence me as I wrote it, but also both stories are in the Pickwick mode of local adventuring. (I chose the name Qwikpick to play off of Pickwick, of coure.)
Lastly, one more coincidence. Another major influence on me is the show The Adventures of Pete and Pete, which also featured the Pickwick Mode in a few episodes.
Yes, it had a Qwikpick, too — a drive-thru photo processor where Ellen had a summer job.
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