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403 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published September 29, 1980
FIRESTARTER had me at the get-go with a super-intense, spring-into-action run as 34 year old Andy McGee and daughter Charlie, 7 flee for their lives with no money and only the clothes on their back.
The story alternates between Andy's college days bringing to light how the need for an extra $200 bucks brought him to present day terror in search for a way out....a way to survive....a way to keep his daughter safe.
There is no scary or gory KING here, but there are monsters....monsters of the humanoid type who have evil intentions and mask their motives with 'for the good of the many'.
So.......don't go into Room 70, stay away from mad Doctors, be wary of crazy Indians....and DO NOT trust The Shop!
Another Stephen King winner for me!
(As is the norm, KING added to my shelf here with a horror short I can't wait to read entitled "It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby, mentions POE'S William Wilson again, makes reference to his son Joe Hill's "In the Tall Grass" a few times, and The Shop from "The Stand" plays a prevalent part here.)
The father is the authority figure. He holds the psychic reins of every fixation in the female child. Oral, anal, genital; behind each, like a shadowy figure standing behind a curtain, is the father authority figure. To the girl child he is Moses; the laws are his laws, handed down she knows not how, but his to enforce. He is perhaps the only person on earth who can remove this block.