Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Stephen King: The Signet Paperback Covers

You know 'em, you love 'em - well, probably you do - these are the classic early novels from Stephen King, all published by Signet/New American Library. The bold, striking, even iconic original first-edition cover art is by Don Brautigam, and is (mostly) superior in every way to all the countless King reprints that have followed. The short novels in Different Seasons (August 1983) are my favorites of these, followed very closely by The Dead Zone (August 1980), then The Stand (Jan 1980), while Cujo (August 1982) and Firestarter (August 1981) I've always felt were somewhat minor works. I haven't reviewed any of these titles here yet but they provided me hours upon hours of pure horror entertainment, and there's not much more I want!

(Check out other first-edition paperback covers of earlier King classics: Carrie, 'Salem's Lot, The Shining, and Night Shift. I loves 'em all.)

4 comments:

Tex velis said...

Recently found this edition of Cujo at a thrift store for 30 cents love it.

matthew. said...

The ubiquity of Stephen King meant that I was able to purchase, if I liked, any edition, including these editions, for cheap prices. As a younger lad, I was particularly a fan of the garishly silver covers that adorned Firestarter and The Shining. However, I've never seen a green Different Seasons cover before; I'm much more familiar with the yellow version that appears to me, more widely distributed.

Will Errickson said...

DIFFERENT SEASONS originally came in yellow, green, orange, and blue covers. You know, different seasons and all.

Alejandro Omidsalar said...

I love the Signet editions! Whenever I spot one of these suckers on a used bookshop's shelf, it automatically lands in my buy pile, whether or not I've read it before, whether or not I already own a different edition. Great post, Will.