The Auctioneer by Joan Samson - Numbered Edition

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson - Numbered 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. 


  • 6” x 9” trim size.
  • 320 Pages.
  • Limited to 250 copies.
  • Quarter cloth, flatback binding.
  • Handmade Indiana Wheatstraw paper boards with a foil stamped cover.
  • Preface by Grady Hendrix.
  • New exclusive introduction by Warren C. Carberg, Jr.
  • Six black & white illustrations by Dave Christensen.
  • Reproduction of the original first edition dust jacket art by Wendell Minor.
  • Signed by Warren C. Carberg, Jr., Dave Christensen, Grady Hendrix and Wendell Minor.
  • Printed offset on Mohawk Superfine.
  • Endsheets are Hahnemühle Bugra.
  • Housed in a slipcase covered with a custom designed paper wrap printed on Hahnemühle Bugra.
  • 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.
* 5% non-refundable processing fee applies on installment plans.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Great book

Really liked it. Nice design, the cover art looks better in person than pictures I thought. Cool slipcase.

R.J. Huneke
Suntup Reforges A Classic In The Auctioneer By Joan Samson

The Auctioneer is a chilling tale of suspense and a literary masterpiece, and Suntup Editions has truly given the book as wild and classy a design as is befitting the story of the Moore’s in Harlowe.

To say the spirit of Joan Samson’s The Auctioneer is vivacious in these pages is an understatement.

And there is something extraordinary about holding the handmade Indiana Wheatstraw paper boards while reading this.

Andrew Rowell
'The Auctioneer' gets a High Bid from me!

Once again, Suntup has gone the extra mile to produce another beautiful edition of a great, if unnerving story. Beautifully produced, Paul shows such love for what he does with lots of thought clearly going in to all aspects of the production.
From the slipcase, the clever cover materials and embossed front, the superb illustrations - everything comes together to give us what we've come to expect - an absolutely top quality book to keep and cherish!

Hans Curtis
i love my new Suntup edition

Each numbered edition of The Auctioneer has handmade Indiana Wheatstraw paper boards that are so cool! Printed offset on Mohawk Superfine paper, reading this novel for the first time will be enhanced tenfold!

Zachary Clark

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson - Numbered Edition