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the Dark Tower ref. :
Nineteen (19)

Connects to :
Needful Things
the Tommyknockers
the Night Flier
Low Men in Yellow Coats

First line :
By the time he graduated from college, John Smith had forgotten all about the bad fall he took on the ice that January day in 1953.

Notes :
The Dead Zone
- was King's first #1 novel.

Main characters :
Johnny Smith
Greg Stillson
Sarah Bracknell
Vera Helen Smith
David Bright

Places :
Castle Rock, Maine

Quotes :
  • “Some things are better not seen, and some things are better lost than found."
  • “It seems sometimes there's no percentage.”
  • “Sometimes nothing is right, I guess. Tough old world. Sometimes you just have to do what you can and try to live with it.”
  • “Who knows anything in this world?”
  • “Not the potter but the potter's clay. Remember.”
  • “There were only a few things you could hang onto. A few books, maybe, or a lucky coin, or a stamp collection that had been preserved and improved upon. Add to that the Christmas tree ornaments in your parents' house.”
  • “You could never discover the books that had first turned you on in quite the same way.”
  • “Anything we don't understand, anything that doesn't fit into our scheme of the way things are, we'll just file it under S for subconscious, right? The twentieth-century god.”

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  • Written : 1979
  • The Dead Zone takes place in the 1970's...
  • Synopsis :
    Waking up from a five-year coma after a car accident, former schoolteacher Johnny Smith discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiance married another man during his coma and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

    In the first section of this novel, we read of two tales of death. A young boy named Johnny Smith falls on the ice while skating, blacks out for a few moments, then comes true with a half-remembered prophecy of death. The prophecy comes true, but Johnny doesn't remember making it. Subsequently, a man named Greg Stillson, a Bible salesman, kicks a dog to death in a potential client's front yard. These two people will later meet, and the stakes will be higher, but these first chapters predict the extreme circumstances of these men.
    John Smith later grows up to be a well-liked teacher, with a girlfriend named Sarah, a relationship which may be becoming more serious. One night, Johnny and Sarah visit a carnival, and Johnny has an amazing stroke of luck at the Wheel of Fortune, predicting numbers with excellent prescience. But he feels ill afterward, and instead of going home with Sarah instead takes a cab back to his house. He never makes it. The cab crashes, sending John Smith into a four-and-a-half-year coma.
    The moral questions weigh heavily and give the novel terrific depth. Johnny is forced to choose between the life of one and the lives of millions. In theory the decision is easy, but in practice it is a terrifying choice. Drama on the human level becomes intertwined with Johnny's devastating worldview, the result of which is a strong, resounding novel about responsibility and morality.


    Viking 1979.

    "First published in 1979 by the Viking Press"
    on copyright page.

    50,000 first print.
    Dust Jacket price: $11.95


    Warner Books 1992.
    467 pages.
    ISBN 0 7515 0432 7.

    Copyright © Stephen King, 1979.

    Fiction: Horror


    This is for Owen
    I love you, old Bear.



    Part One
    The Wheel of Fortune

    Part Two
    The Laughing Tiger

    Part Three
    Notes from the Dead Zone


    Recoil in horror as you are touched by a young man cursed with the power to perceive the evil in men's souls. And whose ability to see into the future forces him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and infinitely dangerous man...

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