Stephen King's work has been beloved by Constant Readers like myself for generations. As we get older and start collecting more expensive things, some of us go out looking for vintage books for our bookshelves.
So let's say you want to start collecting rare first editions. What's the most rare, the most valuable titles in his his archives? As reported by Syfy.com, there are the most limited of limited editions. Start saving those pennies!
1. 'Salem's Lot ("True" First Edition, 1975, Doubleday)
The rarest edition of Stephen King's legendary retelling of the Dracula story originally had an incorrect price on the cover! The publisher made a last minute change, but a handful of copies went out into the world at the original price. One edition went to market for a staggering price of $60,000. We bet Kurt Barlow would have approved.
2. Firestarter (1980, Phantasia Press)
Did you know that there was an edition of Stephen King's Firestarter that came wrapped in an asbestos cover? Maybe don't breathe around it too much, but this book will set you back a few grand.
3. My Pretty Pony (1988, Whitney Museum of American Art)
This strange short story was offered as a special edition to Whitney Museum patrons. It comes bound in stainless steel and has a digital clock face on the cover. There were only a few hundred copies made, so they retail at around $5,000
The Eyes of the Dragon was one of Stephen King's few outright fantasy novels, though it did take place as part of his larger Dark Tower Universe and featured his reoccurring villain, the sinister sorcerer Randall Flagg. King printed a few copies under his own Philtrum Press, which come in a beautiful slipcase and were each signed.
5. The Stand (1990, Doubleday)
One of Stephen King's most defining works, The Stand was reprinted in 1990 with 300+ pages of new content. To mark the occasion, publisher Doubleday released a signed limited edition print with a cover designed to make the book look like a bible, which fits brilliantly with King's take on the story being about "dark Christianity."
6. The Plant (1982 - 1985, Philtrum Press)
"The Plant" is something of a legend to Stephen King fans, as it was a story that he sent out in chapters as his Christmas card in 1982, 1983, and 1985. He later released the story as an eBook, but fans have been hunting for first editions of the story for years.
7. The Richard Bachman Books (1977 - 2007, various publishers)
Back in the day, Stephen King published a bunch of novels under the pseudonym "Richard Bachman" both because the work was considered out-of-brand with what he'd become known for and because he wanted to see if his success could be duplicated under a different name. The books have all been reprinted - except for Rage, which has been pulled at King's request after seeing its influence on school shooters - and their original editions are a treasure for any collector.
8. The Dark Tower (1982 - 2012, Donald M. Grant)
Another very small-press, limited edition series, this collection of signed First Editions of Stephen King's magnum opus had become a must-have for King diehards who want to see his meta narrative come together. The entire set has been sold as high as $22,000.
9. Six Stories (1997, Philtrum Press)
Another rare collection of experimental work, Stephen King published this book under his own Philtrum Press publishing house as an incredibly limited edition. Most of the stories have been published elsewhere, but dedicated collectors are still hunting down and paying a lot of money for these books.
10. Carrie / The Shining / Night Shift first editions (1974 - , Doubleday and others)
Most of Stephen King's beloved early work is more affordable for the beginning first edition collector, though they are by no means cheap. A first edition, signed copy of Carrie can run up to $2,000! So start saving those dollars, y'all.
Where would you start? What's your favorite Stephen King book? Let us know in the comments.