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The event that came to be known as The Pulse began at 3:03 p.m., eastern standard time, on the afternoon of October 1.

Info :
Stephen King does not own a cell phone!

A role in the story was offered to the winner of a charity auction sponsored by eBay.

King said :
"One (and only one) character name in a novel called CELL, which is now in work and which will appear in either 2006 or 2007. Buyer should be aware that CELL is a violent piece of work, which comes complete with zombies set in motion by bad cell phone signals that destroy the human brain. Like cheap whiskey, it's very nasty and extremely satisfying. Character can be male or female, but a buyer who wants to die must in this case be female. In any case, I'll require physical description of auction winner, including any nickname (can be made up, I don't give a rip)."

Other authors like Peter Straub was also participating in the online auction, selling roles in upcoming books. The King auction ran between September 8 and 18, 2005 and the winner paid over $20,000.

Notes :
Clayton Riddell thought about calling his new comic book 'Cell'.

the Raggedy Man was refered to as: It.

The character of Charles Ardai was named after the entrepreneur who published King's novel the Colorado Kid.

the Raggedy Man is the name of a poem by the American poet James Whitcomb Riley.

In the story, King makes a reference to Juniper Hill (a mental hospital), which he has used in other stories as well, such as IT.

Main characters :
Clayton Riddell
Thomas McCourt
Alice Maxwell

Quotes :
  • "How to be disliked on Short Notice."
  • "Hey dick-weed! I fucked your mama, and she was one dry hump!"
  • "Take it, ya fuck! Hope it chokes ya!"
  • "Christ! it's zombie heaven!"
  • "A Young Mind Is A Lamp In The Darkness."
  • "Suck my rod, you teenybop bitch!"
  • "Yeah, no-fo-me-me, no-fo none of us, we're all bozos on this bus."
  • "Save to System."
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    Cell (2006) is an apocalyptic horror novel published by American author Stephen King in January 2006. The plot concerns a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell-phone network turns masses of his fellow humans into groups of nearly-mindless, murderous telekinetic hive-minds called Flocks.

  • Publication date : January 2006
  • Written : in Center Lovell, Maine December 30, 2004 - October 17, 2005.
  • Author : Stephen King
  • Country : United States
  • Language : English
  • Genre(s) : Horror
  • Publisher : Scribner
  • Media type : Print (Hardback & Paperback)
  • Pages : 449 pp
  • ISBN : ISBN 0-7432-9233-2
  • Cover artist : Mark Stutzman
  • Preceded by : the Colorado Kid
  • Followed by : the Secretary of Dreams
  • Synopsis :
    There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? Stephen King's utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn't just ask the question "Can you hear me now?" It answers it with a vengeance.
  • Plot summary : Click here to read (spoiler warning!)

  • King told a story about leaving a New York hotel to get a coffee one morning about six years ago.
    "A lady under the canopy was on her cell phone and the doorman was getting someone a cab. I thought, what if she got this message on her cell phone that she could not deny and she had to attack everyone she saw - and she started with the doorman, she ripped his throat out."

    Witness Stephen King's triumphant, blood-spattered return to the genre that made him famous. Cell, the king of horror's homage to zombie films (the book is dedicated in part to George A. Romero) is his goriest, most horrific novel in years, not to mention the most intensely paced. Casting aside his love of elaborate character and town histories and penchant for delayed gratification, King yanks readers off their feet within the first few pages; dragging them into the fray and offering no chance catch their breath until the very last page.

    In Cell King taps into readers fears of technological warfare and terrorism. Mobile phones deliver the apocalypse to millions of unsuspecting humans by wiping their brains of any humanity, leaving only aggressive and destructive impulses behind. Those without cell phones, like illustrator Clayton Riddell and his small band of "normies," must fight for survival, and their journey to find Clayton's estranged wife and young son rockets the book toward resolution.
    Fans that have followed King from the beginning will recognize and appreciate Cell as a departure--King's writing has not been so pure of heart and free of hang-ups in years (wrapping up his phenomenal Dark Tower series and receiving a medal from the National Book Foundation doesn't hurt either). "Retirement" clearly suits King, and lucky for us, having nothing left to prove frees him up to write frenzied, juiced-up horror-thrillers like Cell.


    Scribner (January 24, 2006).

    384 pages.
    ISBN 0-7432-9233-2.

    Copyright © 2006 by Stephen King.


    Hodder & Stoughton 2006.

    "First Edition" on copyright page.
    399 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 92144 7.

    Copyright © 2006 by Stephen King.

    Cover photograph © Getty Images.
    Author photograph © Amy Guip.
    Cover design: Keenan.


    For Richard Matheson and George Romero

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    'CIVILIZATION SLIPS INTO ITS second dark age on an unsurprising track of blood, but with a speed that could not have been foreseen by even the most pessimistic futurist. It is as if it has been waiting to go.
    On October first, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, and most of the planes are on time (except for those landing and taking off in Chicago, and that's to be expected). Two weeks later the skies belong to the birds again and the stock market is a memory. By Halloween, every major city from New York to Moscow stinks to the empty heavens and the world as it was is a memory.'

    The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cellular phone operating in the world. Within hours, those receiving calls would become insane - or die.

    In Boston, a young artist, Clayton Riddell, flees the explosive heart of the city. He makes the connection between those using their cell phones and the mayhem that ensues. Clay's son has a little red phone. Often out of juice. But what if this time the battery is full? Clay has to reach his son, before his son reaches for his phone...

    There are one hundred and ninety-three million cell phone users in the United States alone. Who doesn't have one? This utterly gripping, gory, and facinating novel doesn't ask the question 'Can you hear me now?' It answers it with a vengeance.

    High concept, ingenious, and terrifying: CELL it the perfect nightmare for a whole new generation of Stephen King readers.


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    the Cell audiobook read by Campbell Scott.

    Length: 12 hours and 28 min.

    Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (January 24, 2006)

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