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When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charactry,
Hold like rich garners the full-ripen'd grain;
When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance...
John Keats, "When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be."

Having lost its storyteller, the tale is now wandering in search of its conclusion

"As the horrendous Black Beast lunged forward, escape for Arthur and his knights seems hopeless... when suddenly, the animator suffered a fatal heart attack! (cut to an animator tensing up and falling straight backwards) The cartoon peril is no more. The quest for the Holy Grail could continue."

"It's tough to blame Robert Holmes for dying, given this story."

"...I hope Paul Reubens plans on filming this shit in Heaven, because you can’t make a new Pee-wee movie without Large Marge, Hobo Jack, and the bitchy Alamo tour guide! Especially the bitchy Alamo tour guide! Pee-wee is NOTHING without hearing Jan Hooks giggle-hiss out 'Thayres no baysement at the Ahlahmow!'"
Michael K., "Paul Reubens Confirms That Another Pee-wee Herman Movie Is Definitely Happening"

"I was with this good friend of mine when we heard (Stephen King) got popped. Man, we just started shaking our heads and saying, 'There goes the Tower, it's tilting, it's falling — aw, shit, he'll never finish it now.'"
An anonymous Michigander confessing to his fears for The Dark Tower. Happily, Stephen got better.

"N.B. While working on this fugue, where the name B.A.C.H. appears in the countersubject, the composer died."
— note by C.P.E. Bach in the autograph of The Art of the Fugue

"After all, as some of you like to point out in your emails, I am sixty years old and fat, and you don't want me to 'pull a Robert Jordan' on you and deny you your book."

"Art is long and life is short."
—Quoted by Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon, who wasn't sure if he'd finish The Treasury Of David before he died (he eventually did)

"Hey, Eddheads. We have some bad news..."
Thomas Ridgewell announcing the death of Edd Gould

"Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died."
Athuro Toscanini, at the premiere of Turandot, though the exact words he said are different depending on who you ask

"And slowly... Ever so slowly... The ancient crypt door creeps open... And from the festering brine of the darkest darkness, crawled forth monsters of such vile nature, whose appearance was so hideous and threatening, that the author died trying to recount them in this novel!"
SpongeBob SquarePants, "Night Light"


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