US author Stephen King (AFP Photo / Bertrand Langlois)A rare signed copy of a novel written by horror guru Stephen King under the pen name Richard Bachman will go under the hammer in America, with proceeds going to a local fuel fund helping poor residents who can’t afford to heat their homes in winter.The copy of ‘The Regulators,’ written by the Maine native King, was donated to Scottie’s Bookhouse in Hancock by a loyal customer. According to the bookstore’s owner, there are only 550 copies of the book left in a special collector’s box.The donor decided to put the limited edition book up for sale to help local residents survive the winter. All the proceeds from the book’s auction will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter’s emergency fuel fund in Ellsworth.”I just think it’s an ingenious way of being able to get a little bit extra to help people out,” Emmaus Homeless Shelter Director Sister Lucille MacDonald told WABI-TV.
p>”People come in and their tanks are empty and they have children and babies and the elderly. The other day an 85-year-old woman came in to the shelter and I was able to give fuel for her,” she explained.The copy of ‘The Regulators’ is currently on display at the bookstore, with bids accepted by email or phone until January 31.