Personally signed and dated by Stephen King on July 6, 1980
A rare book for the discerning collector, and one of the most highly sought after King collectibles in the market place today. This is the very first signed limited edition published by Stephen King.
Phantasia Press, Huntington Woods, Michigan. 1980. "Firestarter" by Stephen King. Signed Limited First Edition. Original slipcase and dust-jacket. Personally signed and dated by Stephen King on "July 6, 1980", the second of the four days of the signing. FIRST EDITION as stated on the copyright page. This edition has continued to appreciate in recent years. Fine/Fine with a Near Fine+ dust-jacket. Two small chips to the bottom edge as shown.
Signed limited edition of only 725 copies available, this one being number 159. This limited edition of Firestarter was autographed over a period of four days, July 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.
About the Book:
Firestarter is a novel by Stephen King originally published in 1980. It was serialized in Omni magazine prior to being published. The title character of Firestarter is Charlene "Charlie" McGee, a young girl with pyrokinesis - the ability to create fire with the power of her mind, along with other psychic powers.
From Wikipedia -
Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award. In 1984, it was adapted into a film.
The book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice."
The experiments performed by the Shop on Charlie's parents are reminiscent of Project MKULTRA, a CIA program to investigate mind control through the administration of dangerous drugs to uninformed subjects. Project MKULTRA was exposed by a Congressional committee in 1975, and King may have purposefully created the parallel.
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations:
Firestarter was adapted into a movie in 1984, directed by Mark L. Lester and starring Drew Barrymore as Charlie, David Keith as Andy, and George C. Scott as Rainbird. It also starred Heather Locklear and Martin Sheen. The movie was filmed in and around Lake Lure, North Carolina.
A TV movie sequel, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, was made in 2002. It starred Marguerite Moreau as a grown-up Charlie and Malcolm McDowell as Rainbird.
Folk music singer-songwriter Julia Ecklar has adapted the novel into the song "Daddy's Little Girl."
On the February 3rd, 2007 episode of Saturday Night Live, host Drew Barrymore reprised her role as Charlie McGee, in a fake commercial for "Firestarter Brand Smoked Sausages."
FeaturesHardcover with dust-jacket in a blue slipcase.
- Phantasia Press 1980
- Signed Limited Edition of 725
- Hardcover book with dust-jacket in slipcase
- Michael Whelan
- Stephen King