The Auctioneer by Joan Samson - Artist Gift Edition

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson - Artist Gift Edition

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One of the finest and bestselling horror novels of the 1970’s, Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer is a chilling masterpiece of terror. In an isolated New Hampshire farming community where little has changed over the past several decades, John Moore and his wife Mim do their best to maintain the family farm and live a modest, hardworking life. But from the moment the charismatic Perly Dinsmore arrives in town, soliciting donations for his auctions, the community of Harlowe slowly and insidiously starts to change.

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.

Upon its release in 1975, The Auctioneer was received with wide acclaim. Newsday hailed it “a suspenseful, engrossing novel with the most gripping and violent ending we’ve encountered for some time.” The Grand Rapids Press lauded it, “a powerful novel by a powerful author.” The New York Times called it, “explosive and chilling… I challenge anyone to resist it after reading the first few pages.”

Despite critical praise, sales of over a million copies, a popular television advertisement, and efforts to turn the novel into a film, The Auctioneer went out of print soon after its release and was considered a lost gem of a novel for subsequent decades. Written by a young, talented, and promising author, The Auctioneer would ultimately be Joan Samson’s only novel. Sadly, she passed away shortly after the book’s publication, edging the novel further into obscurity. The Auctioneer found its way back to print in 2018 in a trade edition, returning at last to chill a new generation of readers.

With echoes of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Stephen King’s Needful Things, Samson’s slow burn of understated violence builds to a climactic fever pitch with an ending that makes for one of the most unforgettable horror novels of all time.

The limited edition of The Auctioneer by Joan Samson is presented in three states: Lettered, Numbered and Artist Gift editions. 

Please note that Artist Gift editions are not numbered.


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 320 Pages.
  • Limited to 1000 copies.
  • New exclusive introduction by Warren C. Carberg, Jr.
  • Preface by Grady Hendrix from the trade edition.
  • Full cloth, smyth-sewn binding.
  • Two hits foil stamping.
  • Six black & white illustrations by Dave Christensen.
  • Dust jacket featuring Wendell Minor art from the first edition (the only edition featuring the dust jacket.)
  • Signed by Dave Christensen and Wendell Minor.
  • Housed in a distressed faux leather embossed slipcase.
  • Bookmark with all pre-orders.

Published editions may differ slightly from mockups and prototype designs.
Artwork © 2020 by Dave Christensen.
First edition dust jacket illustration © 1975 by Wendell Minor.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Øyvind Kind Hansen
New Kid in Town

You can feel through the pages of Grady preface, that he loves this book, and you can feel the pain in the personal introduction. Thank you for the insight Warren. They both deliver an excellent boost and backdrop to the story itself which gives it legs to stand on from the beginning. Joan was an excellent writer, and if she had more stories, and as good as this one in her we will never know. I am glad I got to read a book I liked that much, and quite possibly never would have read otherwise if not for Suntup bringing it out from the shadows. It was sureal to read it in a time where I myself have my own minor battle against developers and the new wave. Nothing at all as dramatic of course, but similarities are the same, as it is a part of the same game. Illustrations are excellent, and a very good choice to use the original dustjacket illustration. One of many favourite books. Mine is an AE.

Lisa Gorla
Very impressed!

I was very impressed when I received it, didn’t expect the holy cow to the cover and those gorgeous textured endpapers. Definitely worth the price!

Glo Byrd
Nice eye catching font

I love the calmness of the artwork on the cover. You think, “Ok this is going to be a family drama.” Nothing within the artwork gives away the ending - the artist is able to relay trouble and drama in the paintings. However, never gives away the gut punch coming. Really a remarkable read the second time. I read it when I was much younger and I cried at the ending then. At least I was ready this time.
Great presentation a honor to the memory of Joan Samson. Who might had become one of our greatest female horror novelist. Another Shirley Jackson possibly but we will never know.

George Parsons
Beautiful Edition

I am thoroughly delighted with The Auctioneer, the Artist Gift Edition. It is beautifully bound. The illustrations are creative and most appropriate to the storyline. I am very pleased with my experience Suntup Editions. Highly recommend them to all booklovers.

Tony Howell

Outstanding book, well done. All your books are first class. Looking forward to many more.