How Stephen King’s gun essay found new life in ‘Gomorrah’

A non-fiction essay about gun violence via the American horror author Stephen King can be produced via a tiny publishing area in Scampia, at the outskirts of Naples, referred to as some of the largest drug-dealing and palms hotspots in Europe and the environment for the Italian TV drama Gomorrah.

Stephen King.

Stephen King. Photograph: Slaven Vlašić/Getty Pictures

The 25-page essay, Weapons, used to be written after the 2012 Sandy Hook basic faculty taking pictures in The us, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 folks, together with 20 kids.

“For a small writer like us, it’s a dream to be related to Stephen King – maximum of all since the theme of this essay is the chance related to common get entry to to guns,” mentioned Rosario Esposito L. a. Rossa, author and editor of the publishing area Marotta & Cafiero, and proprietor of Scugnizzeria – the home of the urchins – the one bookstore in Scampia. “Proper right here in Scampia, the place weapons ceaselessly fall into kids’s fingers, we are hoping this essay can lift our collective awareness.”

Esposito L. a. Rossa is definitely acutely aware of the sense of anguish in Scampia. “In 2004, they unintentionally killed my cousin, Antonio Landieri,” he mentioned, “they” being the Camorra.

“He used to be simply 25 years outdated and disabled. He had cerebral palsy, and so they mistook him for a drug broker. His buddies have been shot within the legs, however Antonio, on account of his gradual motion, used to be the one one not able to escape.”


Landieri used to be certainly one of greater than 70 folks killed all through a feud between Camorra gangs in 2004 and 2005. Lots of the sufferers have been blameless bystanders, killed inadvertently or as a result of they have been family or acquaintances of rival associates.

King’s agent in Italy mentioned that it used to be exactly the social context in Scampia and the significance of settling on a writer from the similar space that satisfied King to unencumber e-newsletter rights for the essay, which Esposito L. a. Rossa discovered on the web.

“At a undeniable level we had this concept,” mentioned Esposito L. a. Rossa. “We knew we wouldn’t have the ability to put up any elaborate works via world authors, as a result of clearly the massive publishing homes keep an eye on such acquisitions. We discovered Weapons, which addressed the problem of gun violence prevention. I assumed it used to be easiest.

“I contacted King’s agent instantly. It’s transparent that King first sought after to grasp who we have been and why we have been within the essay. After they knowledgeable me that King permitted our proposal, I used to be beside myself with pleasure.

“However that is most effective the start. We would like this to be a springboard to draw different writers.’’

‘Gomorrah’ TV Series, Season 1 - 2016

A scene from the TV collection Gomorrah, the usage of the awful condo blocks of Scampia as a backdrop. Photograph: Emanuela Scarpa/Sundance TV/Kobal/Shutterstock

The degradation and violence in Scampia made information all over the world when in 2008 Roberto Saviano’s harrowing ebook Gomorrah, used to be made into an award-winning movie directed via Matteo Garrone, after which in 2014, into an acclaimed TV collection.

“For too lengthy Scampia has been synonymous with violence and tragedy,” Esposito L. a. Rossa mentioned.

“My dream is this ebook can mark some of the first steps in reworking Scampia right into a neighbourhood synonymous with tradition.”

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