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Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 253 comments One of the finest and best-selling horror novels of the 1970s returns at last to chill a new generation of readers

A masterpiece of terror whose sense of creeping menace and dread increases page by page, Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer (1975) is a rediscovered classic of 20th-century fiction. With echoes of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Stephen King’s Needful Things, Samson’s novel returns to print at last in this long-awaited new edition, which features an introduction by Grady Hendrix (Horrorstör, Paperbacks from Hell) and an afterword by the author’s husband.


Book Description

In the isolated farming community of Harlowe, New Hampshire, where life has changed little over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim work the land that has been in his family for generations. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town and starts soliciting donations for his auctions, things begin slowly and insidiously to change in Harlowe. As the auctioneer carries out his terrible, inscrutable plan, the Moores and their neighbors will find themselves gradually but inexorably stripped of their freedom, their possessions, and perhaps even their lives ...


“Buy this book ... there is no way to stop reading it, once you’ve started!”—Baltimore Sun

“A well-made piece of dynamite ... For all their talk, the author seems to be saying, men will permit their souls to be carried away bit by bit and auctioned off to the highest bidder. Samson has written a suspenseful, engrossing novel with the most gripping and violent ending we’ve encountered for some time.”—Newsday

“A frightening novel . . . a powerful book from a powerful writer.”—The Grand Rapids Press

“A novel you may never forget . . . a tight classic.”—San Diego Tribune

“Brilliant, compelling . . . Add a powerful twist at the end and you have a total novel that takes hold of the reader on Page One and never lets go until the finish. This just could prove to be one of the top thrillers of the year.”—Dayton News

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Peter | 58 comments Great post. Finally this book is available as ebook. It's on my reading list!

Char  | 13887 comments Mod
I ended up loving this one. I don't know how I never heard of it until last year.

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 5834 comments Mod
Reading it compulsively now!!

Peter | 58 comments This book is much more than horror. It's the gap between urbanization and rural life. A modern classic.

Valancourt Books (valancourt_books) | 253 comments Glad you all enjoyed it!! We were rather obsessed with bringing it back into print. It took years but it was worth the wait. :)

Sarah-Grace (Azrael865) (sarah-grace) | 184 comments I want to read this soon. I just got it.

Peter | 58 comments Thank you Valencourt Books. You have many great titles in your line-up and will hopefully release more classics.

Char  | 13887 comments Mod
Peter wrote: "This book is much more than horror. It's the gap between urbanization and rural life. A modern classic."

That really is true. :)

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 5834 comments Mod
Peter wrote: "This book is much more than horror. It's the gap between urbanization and rural life. A modern classic."

That's a great way of putting it!!

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