“It would perhaps not be amiss to point out that he had always tried to be a good dog. He had tried to do all the things his MAN and his WOMAN, and most of all his BOY, had asked or expected of him. He would have died for them, if that had been required. He had never wanted to kill anybody. He had been struck by something, possibly destiny, or fate, or only a degenerative nerve disease called rabies. Free will was not a factor.”
― Stephen King, Cujo
Stephen King, Cujo. New York: The Mysterious Press, 1981. First edition, 1 of 750 limited edition copies signed by the author on the limitation page. Double-signed, with additional inscription on ffep with humorous ‘..don’t let the dog bite..’ Octavo. 319 pages. Publisher’s maroon cloth with titles in gilt on the spine and extensive decoration in gilt on the front and rear boards. Housed in the publisher’s clear plastic dust jacket and matching maroon cloth slipcase.
Cujo’s name was based on the nom de guerre of Willie Wolfe, one of the men responsible for orchestrating Patty Hearst’s kidnapping and indoctrination into the Symbionese Liberation Army. From Tor.com: ‘ The book was called Cujo but it wasn’t about ghosts, it was about a rabid dog. It was a thriller so experimental that not many writers would try it today. And it wasn’t set in England at all. It was set in Maine, in the summer, during a heat wave’ In fact the story takes place in the setting of numerous King works; the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. In King’s On Writing he noted, “At the end of my adventures I was drinking a case of sixteen-ounce tallboys a night, and there’s one novel, Cujo, that I barely remember writing at all…I like that book. I wish I could remember enjoying the good parts as I put them down on the page.”