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    One of Only Two Specially-Bound Copies, Signed by Stephen King

    Stephen King. 'Salem's Lot. Wheat Ridge, Colorado: Centipede Press with permission from Doubleday, 2004.

    One of two beautifully bound copies of the Centipede Press edition from unsewn signatures provided by the publisher, with a special limitation page bound in back signed by King, Uelsmann, and the four gentlemen responsible for the fine binding: Forrest Jackson, Jim Croft, David John Lawrence, and Stuart Brockman. Folio (9" x 13.5"). 555 pages plus binder's inserted limitation page (unique to the two copies thus bound) and original Centipede Press copyright page. Illustrated with black and white photographs by Jerry N. Uelsmann.

    Gorgeously bound in rich, thick black goatskin leather by Forrest Jackson in the Gothic style of the mid-15th century. Spine lettered in gilt with four raised bands. Hand-fashioned brass fore-edge clasps. Special black floral silk endpapers, with the cloth on the doublures bordered in red and black leather. Leather inner hinges. Blind-tooled dentelles. Silk headbands designed to resemble bloody fangs at the spine head. Housed in a custom red cloth clamshell case with a black leather spine title plate lettered in gilt. A truly stunning example of the book arts, in this case specially applied to the King of Horror's masterful second novel. Nearly invisible abrasion to leather in a few spots, and the rear endpaper is slightly wrinkled at the gutter, otherwise the book and case are in exceptionally fine condition.

    The Centipede Press edition of 'Salem's Lot contains not only the original novel, but two short stories related to the novel, "One for the Road" and "Jerusalem's Lot," plus 50 pages of "deleted scenes," initial draft passages edited from the original published novel.

    "Every novel is to some extent an inadvertent psychological portrait of the novelist, and I think that the unspeakable obscenity in 'Salem's Lot has to do with my own disillusionment and consequent fear for the future. The secret room in 'Salem's Lot is paranoia, the prevailing spirit of those years [early 1970s]. It is a book about vampires, it is also a book about all those silent houses, all those drawn shades, all the people who are no longer what they seem. In a way, it is more closely related to Invasion of the Body Snatchers than it is to Dracula." (Stephen King, "The Fright Report", Oui Magazine, January 1980, p. 108)


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