Firestarter Art
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Firestarter Art


September 29th, 1980

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Viking Press

The Department of Scientific Intelligence (aka "The Shop") never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called "Lot Six" while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

From the Flap

"Andy could feel something building in the air, building up around Charlie like an electric charge. The hair on his arms suddenly began to stir and move, like kelp in an invisible tide. He looked down at her and saw her face, so small, now so strange.

It's coming, he thought helplessly. It's coming, oh my God, it really is."

In 1969 Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson participated in a drug experiment run by a veiled government agency known as The Shop. One year later they marry. Two years after that their little girl, Charlie, sets her teddy bear on fire . . . by looking at it.

Now that Charlie is eight, she doesn't start fires anymore. Her parents have taught her to control her pyrokinesis, the ability to set anything--toys, clothes, even people--aflame.

But The Shop knows about and wants this pigtailed "ultimate weapon." Shop agents set out to hunt down Charlie and her father in a ruthless and terrifying chase that ranges from the streets of New York to the backwoods of Vermont. And once they get her they plan to use Charlie's capacity for love to force her into developing a power as horrifyingly destructive as it is seductive. What they don't take into account is that even a child can know the pleasure of the whip hand and the satisfaction of revenge.

Let the reader beware, for Firestarter is Stephen King at his most mesmerizing . . . and menacing. 


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Character in The Little Rascals
Granther McGee's dog
Cow of Irv Manders
Dr. Cyclops
Movie character mentioned by Quincey Tremont
Black gelding that Charlie McGee rode in The Shop grounds.
?, Carl
Brother of Deenie
?, Cora
Aunt of Andy McGee.
?, Deenie
Sister of Carl and friend of Charlie McGee.
?, Duane
Worked at the front desk of The Shop
?, Gary
Spoke to Charlie McGee over the intercom at The Shop.
?, George
Former boyfriend of Vicky Tomlinson
?, Gloria
Captain Hollister's new secretary
?, Glynis
Girlfriend of the cab driver who took Andy and Charlie McGee to Albany.
?, Helga
Works on the checkout of the A&P in Hastings Glen.
?, Henry
Walked the horses at The Shop
?, Josie
Worked on the front desk at The Shop.
?, Michael
Young boy at the rest stop where Andy McGee rescued Charlie from The Shop agents.
?, Mike
Owner of a Diner in Hastings Glen.
?, Rachel
Worked for Cap Hollister at The Shop
?, Richard
Shop agent and receptionist
?, Shelley
Mentioned in passing.
?, Steve
Shop agent
?, Tom
Shop agent
Albright, Dick
A test case for Andy McGee in The Shop.
Bacon, ?
Husband of Eileen.
Bacon, Eileen
Neighbor of the McGee's.
Barclay, Hortense
Best friend of Shirley McKenzie
Bates, Norville
Works for The Shop.
Baxter, Ralph
35-year-old Shop employee who administered Lot 6 to the test subjects.
Bixby, Jerome
Author of "It's a Good Life"
Bono, Sonny
Watched on TV by Andy McGee
Brackman, ?
Washington General
Braddock, Clayton
Shop agent
Bradford, Mr.
Father of Sally
Bradford, Sally
Girlfriend of Eddie Delgardo.
Breedlove, Don
Brother of Norma Breedlove.
Breedlove, Milo
Uncle of Norma and Don Breedlove
Breedlove, Norma
Maiden name of Norma Manders, and sister of Don Breedlove
Burton, Frank
Fake name used by Andy McGee
Burton, Roberta (Bobbi)
Fake name used by Charlie McGee
Carson, Johnny
Andy McGee watched him on TV
Castenada, Carlos
Castro, Fidel
He was going to be one of the targets of Charlie McGee once The Shop trained her
Cobham, Bill
56-year-old Postmaster in Teller
Cook, Bruce
Shop agent
Cunningham, Lena
Wife of Sam. Owner of the Slumberland Motel.
Cunningham, Sam
Husband of Lena. Owner of the Slumberland Motel
Delgardo, Eddie
Boyfriend of Sally Bradford. A Soldier
Devine, Shirley
A letter was sent from her to her sister from the Bradford mailbox.
Douray, Mr.
Man in Port City that made his own bread
Drabble, Peter
Head groom at The Shop
Drew, Fred
Nephew of Irv Manders in Kansas.
Dreyfuss, Richard
Actor mentioned in passing
Dugan, Joan
Mother of Terri Dugan
Dugan, Terri
Friend of Charlie McGee and daughter of Joan Dugan.
Eberhardt, Chuckie
Boy in Harrison
Everett, Robert
Mailman in Teller that collected the mail in Bradford.
Flynn, Mrs.
Neighbor of McGee's and lived on Laurel Lane
Folsom, Richard (Dick)
Major Puckeridge's aide.
Franklin, Benjamin
Mentioned in passing
Gordon, Johnny
Friend and neighbor of Irv Manders
Grabowski, Don
Worked with Andy McGee
Green, Joe
Football player mentioned in passing
Gurney, Mrs.
Wife of Stan.
Gurney, Stan
Husband of Mrs Gurney
Hackett, Buddy
Comedian that Andy watched on TV
Hammond, ?
Neighbor of the McGee's and lived on Laurel Lane
Harris, Franco
Football player mentioned in passing
Hockstetter, Patrick
Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist who worked for The Shop
Hofferitz, Karl
Doctor called by Irv Manders
Hollister, Captain (Cap)
Head of The Shop, who wanted to use Charlie's talents to influence world leaders.
Hollister, Georgia
Wife of Cap.
Hollister, Leon
Brother of Cap.
Howells, William Dean
American Writer mentioned in passing
Hyuck, Bradford
Wrote a memo about Charlie McGee burning down a cinderblock wall.
Jamieson, Orville (OJ or The Juice)
Works for The Shop.
Joad, ?
Family mentioned in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"
Johnson, Arte
Comedian mentioned in passing
Jory, Victor
Albert Steinowitz was sometimes mistaken for Victor Jory
Jules, Don
Worked for The Shop
Kelleher, Mike
Spoke to Charlie McGee over the intercom at The Shop
Kennedy, Ted
He was going to be one of the targets of Charlie McGee once The Shop trained her
Khomeni, Ayatollah
He was going to be one of the targets of Charlie McGee once The Shop trained her.
Knowles, Ray
Shop agent
Lawrence, D.H.
Author mentioned in passing
Loman, Willy
Character in the play "Death of a Salesman"
Manders, Irv
Farmer who helped Andy and Charlie McGee
Manders, Norma
Wife of Irv. Married name of Norma Breedlove
Mandroski, ?
Irv Manders' grandparents' last name, changed to Manders when they came to USA
Mayo, John
Shop agent
McCauley, Roberta
Name given to Karl Hoffernitz as Charlie McGee's name by the Manders
McGee, Andrew (Andy)
Charlie's father and husband of Vicky.
McGee, Charlene Roberta (Charlie)
The 7-year-old Firestarter who was the daughter of Andy and Vicky.
McGee, Fibber
Mentioned in passing
McGee, Granther
Grandfather of Andy. Husband of Hulda.
McGee, Hulda
Wife of Granther.
McGee, Vicky
Charlie's mother and Andy's wife.
McKenzie, Shirley
Housekeeper and lover of Dr Hofferitz
McKeon, Rich
Gardener at The Shop
McKinley, ?
Former President of the USA.
Merle, Mr.
Executive who went to Andy McGee for confidence boosting.
Milton, John
Author of Paradise Lost
Mishkin, Mrs.
Charlie McGee's teacher
Moore, Sam
Owner of a gravel pit
Neary, ?
Worked for The Shop, and monitored Charlie McGee's room
Noftzieger, Dr.
Chief of computers at The Shop.
Norton, T.B.
Shift supervisor of John Rainbird
Nutter, Dr.
Dr Pynchot's assistant.
O'Brian, Ev
Worked with Andy McGee in the English Department.
Parks, Ray
Friend and neighbor of Irv Manders
Pasioco, David
Friend of Terri Dugan, and went to school with Charlie McGee
Pasioco, Mr.
Father of David Pasioco
Patton, George S.
General whose picture was on Cap Hollister's wall.
Paulson, Jim
Gave Andy and Charlie McGee a lift to Hastings Glen
Payson, Charles
Shop agent. Owned "Notions and Novelties"
Puckeridge, Victor
Major at Andrews Air Force Base.
Pynchot, Dr. Herman
Doctor at The Shop that watched Andy and Charlie McGee.
Rainbird, John
Shop operative and assassin.
Rammaden, G.M.
Safe cracker
Raucher, Mr.
Old man who owned a delicatessen in New York and played chess with Andy McGee
Richardson, James
One of the subjects in the Lot 6 test group.
Rowley, Jake
Owner of Bradford General Store
Rozelle, Bruce
Name Andy McGee used in the Motel at Hastings Glen
Sedaka, George
Partner of Orv Jamieson
Silver, Long John
Dreamed of by Andy McGee
Smith, Kathy
Best friend of Vicky Tomlinson in first grade. Maiden name of Kathy Worthy
Smith, Winston
Character in George Orwell's 1984
Steinbeck, John
Wrote "The Grapes of Wrath"
Steinham, Ralph
Dartan Pharmaceutical representative.
Steinowitz, Albert
Shop agent in charge of the capture of Andy and Charlie McGee.
Tarkington, Whitney
Government adjuster
Thompson, Senator
Involved with "Project Leap" with The Shop
Tomlinson, Vicky
Maiden name of Vicky McGee
Traegger, Christine
Best friend of Hortense Barclay
Tranter, Louis
Spoke to Charlie McGee over the intercom at The Shop
Tremont, Quincy
Told Andy McGee about the Lot 6 test.
Upmore, Tammy
Friend of Vicky McGee
Van Gogt, A.E.
Wrote "The Weapon Shop of Isher", after which The Shop was named.
Composer mentioned in passing
Wallace, Bill
Worked with Andy McGee in the English department
Wanless, ?
Brother of Joseph who died of lung cancer.
Wanless, Dr. Joseph
The Lot Six overseer.
Wanless, Freddy
Son of ? Wanless. Nephew of Joseph.
Waring, George
One of The Shop agents that kidnapped Charlie McGee
Wayne, Duke
Actor mentioned in passing
Worthy, Frank
Husband of Kathy
Worthy, Kathy
Married name of Kathy Smith. Wife of Frank.
Wyeth, ?
Painter mentioned in passing
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