Stephen King's fan-favourite thriller. Also available in audio for the first time, read by Academy Award nominee James Franco.The two things that conjured up that horrible night, were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, and the mask ...Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo.When he wakes up life has been turned upside down. His fiancee has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man ...
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In the St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, Gary Westfahl predicts that "King has already earned himself a place in the history of literature.... At the very least, he will enjoy the status of a latter-day Anthony Trollope, an author respected for his popularity and social commentary.... More likely, he will be enshrined as the Charles Dickens of the late 20th century, the writer who perfectly reflected, encapsulated, and expressed the characteristic concerns of his era."
If any of King's novels exemplifies his skill at portraying the concerns of his generation, it's The Dead Zone (1979). Although it contains a horrific subplot about a serial killer, it isn't strictly a horror novel. It's the story of an unassuming high school teacher, an Everyman, who suffers a gap in time--like a Rip Van Winkle who blacks out during the years 1970-75--and thus becomes acutely conscious of the way that American society is rapidly changing. He wakes up as well with a gap in his brain, the "dead zone" of the title. The zone gives him crippling headaches, but also grants him second sight, a talent he doesn't want and is reluctant to use. The crux of the novel concerns whether he will use that talent to alter the course of history.
The Dead Zone is a tight, well-crafted book. When asked in 1983 which of his novels so far was "the best," Stephen King answered, "The one that I think works the best is Dead Zone. It's the one that [has] the most story." --Fiona WebsterAbout the Author:
Stephen King has been described by the Guardian as 'one of the greatest storytellers of our time', by the Mirror as a 'genius' and by The Sunday Times as 'one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel.' In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.
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Book Description Hodder Paperbacks. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # PL00814007B
Book Description Viking, 1979. Hard. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 60573B
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001328657
Book Description Futura, 1984. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. Has some light rubbing to edges of the cover and a crease along the spine.decent reading copy.(see images) Language: eng Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # 3239
Book Description Hodder And Stoughton Ltd., 2006. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0340899034-2-4
Book Description NAL Books, New York, 1980. Soft cover. Book Condition: Near Fine -. Light reading creases on binding. Proof copy. MC. Bookseller Inventory # 000483
Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1979. 8vo. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Original Black cloth fine, in fine pictorial dust jacket, among the top of King. Basis for the fine David Cronenberg film of 1983 starring Christopher Walken, perfectly cast, as the man in the Dead Zone with the power to see the future. The Viking Press, New York, 1979. 1st edition rare thus. dates match on verson of title page. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. King's sixth novel tells the story of one life altering evening Johnny Smith spends at a carnival with his girl, Sarah and then wakes from a coma 4 1/2 years later to a life that will never be the same! 426 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 009262