Very Good. Item #7258
New York: Startling Mystery Stories / Heath Knowledge, Inc., 1969. Signed by King without inscription on first page of his contribution. Side-stapled digest-sized zines. 130pp. Illustrated black paper wraps. Cover art by Virgil Finlay. Covers are clean and crisp with very faint wear to a couple corners and scant scuffs to black along spine. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. Ticket to the Awards Presentation at the George Mason University Concert Hall dated Friday Sep. 23, 2011 included. King was presented with the Mason Award at the University’s Fall for the Book Festival that year.
King’s second professional publication, “The Reaper’s Image,” earned him $40 and his first mention on a magazine cover. King recalls it being written at 18 before he went to college, and like his prior story in Startling Mystery, “The Glass Floor,” it takes a reflective subject-- this time a priceless antique mirror said to hold the reflection of the Grim Reaper, and the skeptical collector curious to buy it. “The Reaper’s Image” would appear collected (with revisions) in his collection Skeleton Crew in 1985, and in 2013 was produced by Sammy Bates as a “Dollar Baby” short film -- an arrangement by which King grants adaptation rights to one of his stories to an aspiring film or theater producer for $1.
Issue also features work by L. Sprague de Camp, Gaston Leroux, and others.