A rare signed first edition of "Desperation" for the discerning collector. Viking Penguin 1996. dj/HC. Stephen King "Desperation". First Edition. First Printing. Signed by Stephen King in 1998 with a personal inscription. Full number line as required on the copyright page. 690 pages. $27.95 price printed on the dust-jacket flap. Included with this item is also a 1996 New York Time Book Review article about Desperation. Personally signed by Stephen King directly into the book: "For Barry - Best wishes, Stephen King 4/21/98" Condition: Fine/Fine. A wonderful bright clean copy. Not price-clipped. No markings, writings, or stampings. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. No torn or ripped pages. Tight binding without any separation. Clean & straight boards. Overall, the book exhibits excellent qualities and would make an wonderful addition to your Stephen King library. Collector grade hardcover. About Desperation A notice to those who feel that Stephen King has lost his magic touch: Desperation is the genuine goods. The ensemble cast of ordinary Americans thrown together by chance, including a disgruntled alcoholic writer and a child who is wise beyond his years, may be a bit too familiar. But the nearly deserted Nevada mining town with an enormous haunted mine pit and an abandoned movie theatre where the survivors hang out makes for a striking battleground, and the grisly action rarely flags. Best of all, though, are the characters of Tak, the ancient body-hopping evil who emerges from the mine, and of "God"--whom the New York Times describes as "the edgiest creation in Desperation. Remote, isolated, ironic, shrouded behind disguises, perhaps 'another legendary shadow,' this deity forms a sly foil, and an icy mirror, to Tak."