New York: Viking Press, 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's black cloth over tan paper-covered boards, spine stamped in silver and copper, upper board stamped in silver, original illustrated dust jacket.
First edition of King of Horror Stephen King’s 1981 unconventional monster story. The second of his novels set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine (King's own Yoknapatawpha), the story centers on a Saint Bernard's murderous rampage after being bitten by a rabid bat. The story was inspired by a trip King took in the spring of 1977 to a motorcycle mechanic, where he was approached by a hostile dog, and the Ford Pinto that protagonist Donna Trenton drives (and hides from the menacing banality in, in a neat metaphor for Reagan's America) is the same model that King had at the time. Adapted into a film by Lewis Teague and starring Dee Wallace, fresh from playing another suburban mom in Stephen Spielberg's E.T. Light embrowning to endpapers from binder's glue, light soiling to boards; unclipped dust jacket with light edgewear. Very good. Item #6668