"WITH GOOD WISHES—HOPE YOU LIKE THIS!": FIRST EDITION OF THE DEAD ZONE, INSCRIBED BY STEPHEN KING
KING, Stephen. The Dead Zone. New York: Viking, (1979). Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. $1600.
First edition of King’s paranormal and political thriller, boldly inscribed by him in the year of publication: "For Tim—With good wishes—hope you like this! Stephen King. 9/9/79."
"Steeped in the political consciousness of post-Vietnam America, The Dead Zone is a riff on the old axiom that evil thrives when good men do nothing" (Fantasy and Horror 6-195). Viking officially released this work in August 1979. First printing, with "First published in 1979 by The Viking Press" and no additional printings on the copyright page. Underwood & Miller 8a. Anatomy of Wonder II:600. Horror Literature 4-130.
Book extremely good, with scattered foxing to preliminaries and edges of text block and minor split to rear joint. Dust jacket bright and fine. A handsome inscribed copy.