My entire collection of Stephen King books, including several first editions was destroyed by my ex during oiur divorce. Not one other book in my collection of over a 1000 was touched, as she knew my King books were my most prized, if not necessarily highest valued.
Now I am in the process of trying to rebuild my collection and having some difficulty with certain titles. I only purchase hard backs except for the Dark Tower series and have tried Amazon, but like to know if there are better resources for purchasing.
All good suggestions. I can't add much but to say I'm sorry. What a shame, ex-people sure do know how to hurt a body. I hope you did something pretty good to have that one coming. One thing about Stephen King's books is that he sells so prolifically that his books are really easy to find used. I work in a new/used bookstore and see radical tons of his stuff, (including first editions) coming in (and going out) all of the time.
Also, if you let your local used bookseller know of your dilemma, I'm sure they will be happy to help you replace your precioussssss. My store sells perfectly beautiful first editions of most SK titles for from $5 down to $1.
Someone at my store once priced a first edition of The Gunslinger for $5. I nearly crapped myself.... but that's a story for some other time.
So make an adventure of it! Look at it as a treasure hunt and make lemonade!
PS Welcome to the SKMB, I hope you keep posting and let us know how you are progressing in rebuilding your SK collection.