Hard Cover. New York: The Viking Press, 1980. First Edition. Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by King (8/18/80) one month prior to publication. Original orange cloth-backed black paper covered boards. A fine copy in an unclipped dust jacket with some light wear to the spine, a few small tears to the upper front panel, else fine. This science-fiction thriller tells the story of a young girl, Charlie, with powerful pyrokinetic abilities, the unexpected result of an earlier government experiment in hallucinogens in which both her parents were participants, themselves left with mild telepathic and telekinetic powers after ingesting a drug called “Lot Six”. Charlie’s abilities make her a target for the government intelligence agency known as “The Shop,” determined to capture Charlie and use her firestarting powers as a weapon. Written by noted American horror author Stephen King, Firestarter was well received by readers and, in 1981, earned the American Library Association’s award for Best Books for Young Readers, among other nominations. In 1984, the story was adapted for a film of the same name, directed by Mark L. Lester and starring a young Drew Barrymore as Charlie.