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In the short story Strawberry Spring by Stephen King, which in my opinion has enough hints of the supernatural to qualify for this site, the "strawberry spring" of the title is a false spring, much like an Indian summer is a false summer. The story links this strange weather to a string of seemingly supernatural and unexplained murders.

Did Stephen King make this up, or does something called strawberry spring really exist (without the murders, of course)? A cursory search seems to return no hits other than the short story, and Mr King's fans seem to think it's his own invention. Is that so?

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    A quick glance at Google Books suggests that the term didn't exist prior to the publishing of King's story. It might be a colloquialism that somehow failed to be noted by linguists, but it seems more likely that King just made it up out of whole cloth – Valorum Apr 22 at 23:02
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    @Valorum Yes, I think he made it up too. But I'm not a native English speaker (I didn't know about Indian summer either), so just double-checking here ;) – Andres F. Apr 22 at 23:09
  • I'll have a hunt around for an interview or a quote. – Valorum Apr 22 at 23:10
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    I've asked Stephen. If he responds, I'll let you know. – Valorum Apr 22 at 23:24
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    It might be something like Ray Bradbury's "rocket summer" (from The Martian Chronicles). – Matt Gutting Apr 24 at 10:22

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