Viking Penguin 1991 Stephen King "Needful Things". Signed First Edition dj/HC [Fine/Fine Archival sleeve protection]. Personally signed by Stephen King with a personal inscription, directly onto the title page. A rare book for the discerning collector.1991, Stephen King, "Needful Things", US First Edition/First Printing. A Fine example of this original hardcover book. A rare signed first edition of this novel that has become quite collectible by serious King fans. Signed and inscribed by Stephen King onto the title page. "For Michael, With best wishes, Stephen King 10/24/00". This book is also considered by King to be the final part of an unofficial, loosely-linked trilogy of stories - the first of which was The Dark Half, and the second of which was "The Sun Dog", a short story that was part of his Four Past Midnight collection.
As a result, the Sheriff often thinks about Thad Beaumont from The Dark Half. Needful Things takes most of its plot from Something Wicked This Way Comes, transposing Mr.
Dark and his carnival into Leland Gaunt and his antique store. Stephen King has said his inspiration for the story was the decadence of the Eighties: It occurred to me that in the eighties, everything had come with a price tag, that the decade quite literally was the sale of the century. The final items up on the block had been honor, integrity, self-respect, and innocence... I decided to turn the eighties into a small-town curio shop called Needful Things and see what happened.
A movie adaptation was released in 1993, starring Max von Sydow as Gaunt and Ed Harris as Sheriff Pangborn. Bonnie Bedelia played Polly, Pangborn's girlfriend. It was markedly different from the book, however. Notable differences include the absence of Ace Merril, many of the items bought from Gaunt altered, a number of subplots illustrating the townfolks' peccadilloes and dirty secrets dropped, and Danforth'Buster' Keeton curiously becoming a sort of hero--if an inept one--who stands up to his tormentor.Also in the movie, Gaunt's influence is attributed to major world crises, such as World War II. At the end Gaunt promises to return to plague Pangborn's descendant, even giving a specific time and place, before his car vanishes at the end of the road.
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