Crump happens: He's slow, he drawls, he's from Mississippi and his name is Homer Crump. That's Crump, not Gump. He's also a character in Better Times Than These, the 1978 Vietnam novel by Winston Groom and predecessor to the author's 1986 book Forrest Gump that Pocket Books just reissued on the heels of the $291 million (and counting) movie adaptation. "Writer's hell is being out of print," says Groom, who's at work on a Gump sequel "about big Forrest and little Forrest, who's a genius," due out next fall. As for Crump, Groom ( admits he's an embryonic Forrest. "I'm glad I didn't name him that," he says. "I don't know how Forrest Crump would've sounded."