The Auctioneer

Joan Samson


Published to wide acclaim in 1975, The Auctioneer is a minor classic, now almost completely forgotten. The story of John Moore, his wife Mim, and his mother, is a gripping tale of greed in a small town, which is quietly overrun by auctioneer Bob Gore. Acclaimed by Stephen King and Robert R. McCammon, The Auctioneer is here reprinted for the first time in 30 years.
      Author Joan Samson died of cancer just as movie rights were being negotiated, and before the book became a runaway success in paperback, eventually selling a million copies (the book was heavily advertised by Avon with 10-second television spots, a rarity for books even back then). With a new introduction by Ed Gorman, a fine photograph from John Bonath, and the original paperback art.

edition information

  • Limited to 300 copies, all signed by Ed Gorman.
  • Introduction by Ed Gorman.
  • Includes the original hardcover and paperback artwork, reprinted in color.
  • Two rare photographs of Joan Samson.
  • Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, three-piece cloth construction.
  • Original book price: $65.
  • Published June 2007.
  • ISBN 978-1-933618-20-5.