The Auctioneer, Joan Samson
First edition, first printing of one of the bestselling horror novels of the 1970's, a chilling tale of small town life gone wrong. Despite critical praise, sales of over a million copies, a popular television advertisement, and efforts to turn the novel into a film, the novel went out of print soon after its release and was considered a lost gem of a novel for subsequent decades. Sadly, Joan Samson passed away shortly after the book’s publication, edging the novel further into obscurity. The Auctioneer was finally reprinted in 2018 and is now reaching a new generation of readers. An essential entry in horror literature, scarce in the first printing.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1975. Very good or better in a very good, unclipped dust jacket. Binding is sturdy, lean to spine, light wear to boards. Internally clean but for a previous owner's inscription to the flyleaf and light thumbsoiling. Jacket shows light shelfwear, minor sunning to spine and a small dampstain to back panel/rear flap, protected in archival mylar.