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Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni
Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and Balrog Award. In 1984, it was adapted into a film. The book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice.
Small Fires, Big Brother. First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers. Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror. Then, they are married and have a child.
Firestarter is the ninth book published by Stephen King; it is his eighth novel, and the sixth novel under his own name. The book was released by Viking in 29 September 1980. In 1969, a secret government agency called The Shop, made experiments with a chemical drug called Lot Six. Lot Six altered the chromosomes on the test subjects, to experiment with psychokinetic powers, such as telekinesis. Two of the test subjects, Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson fell in love, and later married.
Firestarter is one of those Stephen King books you don't hear all that much about. A lot of people only know of it because of the movie starring Drew Barrymore in the 1980s. Well, more people should know about it because it's a corking good read. The rest of it is the two McGees trying to escape The Shop's clutches. The Shop, and John Rainbird, make fantastic villains because they aren't nearly as far outside the realm of possibility as evil cars and spider-clowns. Like a lot of Stephen King books, the relationships between the characters keep the story going. John Rainbird proved to be more than the scene-chewing villain I originally pegged him as.
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Firestarter seems to be an under appreciated tale, if such a thing were ever possible, from Stephen King. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. It never seems to be on any list touting his greatest works.
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers
Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series).
James Smythe takes a long and painful road trip back to an early work that has lost its special powers. This had to happen eventually. The problem with something as subjective as literature is that your average reader is, sooner or later, going to disagree with majority opinion; and I knew that when it happened during this reread, I would have to write about it honestly. Many, many people included Firestarter. And why wouldn't they? It's early King, when (collective.