"GOD LOVES TO MAKE A MAN BREAK A VOW"
KING, Stephen. Firestarter. New York: Viking, (1980). Octavo, original half red cloth, original dust jacket. $4200.
First trade edition of this horror novel about government intrusion and pyrokinesis, inscribed, "For G—- S—- —with good wishes, Stephen King 6/7/94."
"I like to scare people," said Stephen King. "I like to go for the jugular" (New York Times). "Rooted in the topical realities of the notorious CIA drug experiments… Firestarter has the nitty-gritty reality we've come to expect of King," fulfilling "John D. MacDonald's prediction that King would get away from writing books about 'spooks and spells and slitherings in the cellar" (Leiber in Fear Itself, 111-12). First trade edition, first printing, with no edition statement or printings noted. Preceded only by a signed limited edition published in the same year. Basis for the 1984 film starring Drew Barrymore. Underwood & Miller, 254. Horror Literature 4-131.
Book with minimal wear, bright dust jacket with faint rub near the foot of the spine. A near-fine copy.