Skip to main content

First Chapter, First Paragraph


by Stephen King

“The world, although well-lighted with fluorescents and incandescent bulbs and neon, is still full of odd dark corners and unsettling nooks and crannies.”

What is Firestarter About?

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.

First Chapter, First Paragraph of Firestarter

“Daddy, I’m tired,” the little girl in the red pants and the green blouse said fretfully. 

“Can’t we stop?” 

“Not yet, honey.”  He was a big, broad-shouldered man in a worn and scuffed corduroy jacket and  plain brown twill slacks. He and the little girl were holding hands and walking up  Third Avenue in New York City, walking fast, almost running. He looked back over  his shoulder and the green car was still there, crawling along slowly in the curbside  lane. 

“Please, Daddy. Please.” 

He looked at her and saw how pale her face was. There were dark circles under  her eyes. He picked her up and sat her in the crook of his arm, but he didn’t know  how long he could go on like that. He was tired, too, and Charlie was no light-  weight anymore. 

It was five-thirty in the afternoon and Third Avenue was clogged. They were  crossing streets in the upper Sixties now, and these cross streets were both darker  and less populated. . . . But that was what he was afraid of.  They bumped into a lady pushing a walker full of groceries.

“Look where you’re  goin, whyn’t ya?” she said, and was gone, swallowed in the hurrying crowds. 

His arm was getting tired, and he switched Charlie to the other one. He  snatched another look behind, and the green car was still there, still pacing them,  about half a block behind. There were two men in the front seat and, he thought, a  third in the back. 

What do I do now? 

Leave a Reply