Rare Stephen King book for auction in Maine

** FILE ** Author Stephen King arrives at the premiere of "The Mist" at The Ziegfeld Theater, in this Nov. 12, 2007, file photo in New York. Best-selling author Stephen King has turned 60, a milestone that forces him to accept that he's no longer middle-aged. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)

January 3, 2013 10:01:14 AM PST
A signed copy of a rare Stephen King book is up for auction at a Maine bookstore, with proceeds going to a nearby homeless shelter's emergency home heating fund.

The copy of "The Regulators," written by horror writer and Maine native King under the pen name Richard Bachman, was donated by a customer of Scottie's Bookhouse in Hancock.

Owner Michael Riggs says there are only 550 copies of the book in a special collector's box.

Auction proceeds will go to the Emmaus Homeless Shelter's emergency fuel fund in Ellsworth.

Emmaus director Sister Lucille MacDonald tells WABI-TV it's an "ingenious" way to help people struggling to buy heating oil.

The book is on display at Scottie's and bids are being accepted by email, phone and in person until Jan. 31.