The Dead Zone by Stephen KingThe Dead Zone by Stephen King

The Dead Zone

byStephen King

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 1980

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Beware, The Wheel of Fortune…

Johnny, the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into…the dead zone.

Johnny Smith, the small-town schoolteacher who spun the wheel of fortune and won a four-and-a-half-year trip into…the dead zone.

John Smith, who awakened from an interminable coma with an accursed power—the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in…the dead zone.
Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit,” and is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Med...
Title:The Dead ZoneFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 6.85 × 4.25 × 0.95 inPublished:August 1, 1980Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0451155750

ISBN - 13:9780451155757

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific I’m not a big fan of Stephen King, but I do pick up a story of his every now and then, especially if I run across one that is not horror-based (there are only so many horror novels I can handle). This is a suspenseful and slightly chilling story minus the ghouls and demons, so if you’re not really into horror stories but want to sample Stephen King, give this one a try. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Once you’re done reading it, consider watching the movie with Christopher Walken playing the part of ‘Johnny’. I really like Walken; he’s one of the most talented performers, in my humble opinion.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Amazing! Having read this book as a teenager, I decided to revisit the Dead Zone as part of my retro-King mission. It might have been published 34 years ago but wow does this book still carry a great punch. It is a slow-tempo supernatural thriller about John Smith's ability to see the future through touch. The Hollywood version with Christopher Walken is great on its own merits but the book is proof that Stephen King is a gifted writer.
Date published: 2013-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's First Non-Horror Story. Classic! Reason for Reading: I am re/reading Stephen King's books in chronological publishing order. This was my next book. I have also gotten into the habit of starting my year off with a Stephen King novel. I was really looking forward to this one. I have fond memories of really enjoying the book. I have only read it once before which was this exact paperback copy and I would have been 12 at the time. I don't really remember the story from the book, though, as I have flashes of scenes from the movie with Christopher Walken in my head, some which actually don't even happen in the book. And I was a fan of the TV series which was loosely based on the same premise as the book. So it was great to re-read the original and get the real story firmly planted in my head again. Excluding the Bachman books, up to this date "The Dead Zone" was King's first non-horror story. This is a story about a psychic and involves him solving a serial killer case and later on facing a prediction that he must decide whether he should take care of the problem before it happens and contemplates that age old hypothetical question, "If you could go back to 1932, knowing what you now know, would you murder Adolph Hitler?" The book carries a rather small cast, comparitively for a King book and we get to know Johnny, the main character, very well. He is very likable and someone we can relate to throughout the book. This book kept me up late at night as I just didn't want to put it down and had virtually forgotten how the book ended though it wasn't hard to predict. King uses very little stream of consiousness in this book; it is a plot driven novel with great character insight and a fast read. I loved it even more than I expected to! Great early King! While re-reading these books, I also like to look for the connections to previous books and found three while reading. A girl actually mentions the book "Carrie", there is a street named Flagg (a nod to Randall Flagg from The Stand) and the town of Jerusalem's Lot is mentioned. (otherwise known as 'Salem's Lot). If you are not really into horror books but would like to sample Stephen King, this is an excellent book for your first read and fans can't miss out on this classic old-school King novel.
Date published: 2012-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is one Stephen King's best books. He is able to draw you into the book that you will not be able to put it down. A must read!!
Date published: 2005-11-12

From Our Editors

Stephen King takes the horror genre to new heights with this richly textured novel that follows the plight of a quiet schoolteacher who, after a horrific car crash, discovers he has the ability to see into the future. Rather than viewing this power as a gift, Johnny Smith is tormented by his second sight, which thrusts him into the path of a dangerous, powerful man whom he must stop. The Dead Zone is a supernatural thriller that finds King in top form; it was also turned into a critically acclaimed film by Canadian director David Cronenberg.

Editorial Reviews

"Stephen King has done it again. A spellbinder, a compulsive page-turner."
-Atlanta Journal

-Dallas Times Herald

“Enthralling…superb.”—Dallas Times Herald

“Stephen King has done it again. A spellbinder, a compulsive page-turner.”—Atlanta Journal

“Faultlessly paced…continuously engrossing.”—Los Angeles Times

“Powerful tension holds the reader to the story like a pin to a magnet.”—Houston Post