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The Girl Next Door
Woodstock, Overlook Connection Press, (1996). The limited edition of this horror novel by the award-winning author, loosely based on events in a notorious murder case in 1965 and made into a film in 2007. This edition has an 11-page introduction by Stephen King that did not appear in the trade edition, several Afterwords, and an interview with Ketchum by Stanley Wiater about the writing of this book. This was a contributor's copy, and is signed by Ketchum, King, Wiater, Christopher Golden, Lucy Taylor, Edward Lee, Philip Nutman and Neal McPheeters. There were 500 numbered copies and 52 lettered copies, but this copy is marked P/C and is housed in a wooden box with a hinged door complete with door handle, with leather title and author and publisher labels. From the library of one of the contributors, Stanley Wiater, according to whom the publisher made these boxes only for the contributors' copies. Thus, although the colophon doesn't specify it as such, this would apparently be one of 8 copies only, signed by King, Ketchum et al. An extremely small limitation for a collectible book by any author, but especially for a book with a Stephen King contribution. The book is fine without dust jacket, as issued; the wooden box has a few surface scratches and is very nearly fine. An unusual publishing production and a horror rarity. [#029995] SOLD

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