The Collector is the 1963 debut novel by English author John Fowles. It was adapted as a feature film of the same name in 1965. The novel is about a lonely young man, Frederick Clegg, who works as a clerk in a city hall and collects butterflies in his spare time. The first part of the novel tells the story from his point of view. Clegg is obsessed with Miranda Grey, a middle-class art student at the Slade School of Fine Art. He admires her from a distance but is unable to make any contact with her because he lacks social skills. One day, he wins a large prize in the football pools. He quits his job and buys an isolated house in the countryside. He feels lonely, however, and wants to be with Miranda. Unable to make any normal contact, Clegg decides to add her to his collection of pretty, petrified objects, in the hope that if he keeps her captive long enough, she will grow to love him.
Published to wide acclaim, The Collector is one of the most harrowing novels ever written. Here graced with a deluxe hardcover treatment, with a suite of original wood engravings by Vladimir Zimakov and a new afterword by Laird Barron, this oversize edition, at 7 × 10 inches, matches the other classic novels in our horror series. This one does not have a dustjacket but rather a full cloth binding, two-color spine stamping, blindstamped front board, top-edge stain, thick cream paper, a unique fold-out title page, ribbon marker, and signature page.
Limited to just 100 copies for sale, and praised as one of the finest horror novels ever written, this edition promises to sell out very quickly.