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Akened from an interminable coma with an accursed power the power to see the future and the terrible fate awaiting mankind in The Dead Zo. In my own personal opinion this is the best story Stephen King has ever written Not the most frightening not the most thrilling no but this novel has true literary merit And a tragic hero not a mere protagonist mind you who really ualifies for the titleJohn Smith his name immediately marks him out as the common man is blessed and cursed with second sight It began as a minor ability due to a skating accident in his childhood but when he wins big time at the roulette wheel in a village carnival this gift proves to be his undoing Because while coming home late from the carnival the taxi John is travelling in meets with a horrific accident and he is precipitated into a four year comaWhile he is asleep John loses his career girlfriend everything He wakes up a pauper in material terms but endowed with the full fledged version of his latent childhood giftAnd thus begins the career of John Smith the clairvoyantAs he moves from discovery to horrific discovery the amount of darkness he unearths in human souls pushes John further and further down into a sort of spiritual abyss There seems to no purpose to his tragic life until he meets Greg Stillson prospective presidential candidate A casual handshake allows John Smith a look into the cesspit that is the soul of the future president of the USA and suddenly he finds that there is something he has to do Finish of Stillson before he finishes of civilisation as we know itThere is horror in this novel But it is not supernatural oh no John s supernatural power is benign The horror is in what that power unearths Yes Greg Stillson is the boogeyman in this story One must pay homage to Stephen King s gift of seeing into the future At the time the novel was written people would have laughed at the idea that a secular democracy would elect a blackguard like Stillson into office I would humbly suggest that events of the past two decades have convinced me otherwiseThis is one of the most meticulously crafted books that I have read John s and Greg s careers start simultaneously sure to meet at some point of time yet King weaves the narrative so expertly that when the meeting finally takes place there is no sense of the let down of predestination And the denouement like in 112263 is totally unexpectedThe last chapter Notes from the Dead Zone is one of the most beautiful passages of prose in my experience Stephen King rises almost to the level of a poet here the way the words flowFive stars all the way

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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 aw. Johnny Smith is one bad luck bastardHe starts off well enough as a nice guy with a talent for teaching and is in the early stages of what looks to be a very promising relationship with Sarah However a car accident leaves Johnny in a coma which nobody thinks he ll recover from Miraculously he wakes up 4 years later but he finds that Sarah has married someone else his mother has turned into a religious lunatic he s got a long and painful rehab to endure and he faces a mountain of debt from his hospital bills Oh and he now has psychic ability to learn details about a person by touching them or personal objects as well as sometimes seeing their futures This might seem like a gift but as Johnny uickly learns it s really a curse that eventually puts him on a collision course with a dangerous politician named Greg StillsonI ve always thought this was one of King s better books but hadn t read it for years A new audio version with James Franco narrating and doing a pretty good job of it got me motivated and I m pleased to find that it mostly lives up to my memory of itThe elephant in the room on this one is that even though it was published in 1979 the Stillson plot is about a populist demagogue who manages to rise in politics despite being a crazy and corrupt piece of shit just because he has talent for making rubes think that he s a maverick who tells it like it is even as they willfully ignore the obvious warning signs So it d be easy to say that King is a prophet these days Yeah he hit the mark with that one but on the other hand there s plenty of writers who have done stories about shady politiciansWhat I found interesting here is what King did with Johnny s mother Vera She starts out as someone with strong fundamental religious beliefs but Johnny s accident sends her over the high side and into the realm where she starts believing tabloid stories about Jesus living underground at the South Pole She s completely immune to facts and logic and she d rather rely on prayer than medication to handle her high blood pressureIt s fascinating to read a character like this in the 70s setting where tabloids and poorly printed tracts are how Vera gets her crackpot theories and how even then she uses them to create her own view of the world because reality doesn t suit her Fast forward to the 21st century where some people pick their news web sites based on how it conforms to what they want to believe as they spread rumors on Facebook about child sex rings in the basement of pizza restaurants that don t even have a basement and you realize that King had tapped into something that was on the rise even then Leaving aside the eerie similarities to America today what sets this apart from his other novels is the way that King focused on John Smith and made his story a genuine tragedy Johnny just wanting to try and resume some kind of normal life but unable to stop himself from using his power to help people and put himself in a media spotlight is incredibly compelling Uncle Stevie takes his sweet time with this so that it comes across as a slow burn and it s not really a horror novel although it can be creepy at times You can see where the bigger plot involving Johnny and Stillson is headed for a good long while although King still makes the journey there worth the trip and Johnny is one of his characters who haunts me the most

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10 thoughts on “The Dead Zone

  1. says:

    This was my second time in The Dead Zone I remember the first time fondly as this is only one of two Stephen King books I read in one sitting the other being Pet Sematary The first time was in the late 1990s at an all night coffee shop in Cincinnati I read until the sun came up fueled on caffeine and the enthralling words of the Mas

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    “We all do what we can and it has to be good enough and if it isn't good enough it has to do” Who else but Christopher Walken could play Johnny Smith in the highly praised David Cronenberg film?Johnny Smith is a rookie teacher with 8 in his pocket just enough money to take his best girl Sarah also a new teacher to t

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    A heavily shattered psi protagonists deals with the demons his unwanted gift shows him by playing the or less voluntary hunter view spoiler of serial killers and world destroyers hide spoiler

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    WOW No horror or gore here just bits of well done paranormal and one hell of an excellent storyMeet John Smith he is a good guyyou'll like him He has a great sense of humor loves his parents including his lunatic mother and Sarah Even after life deals him a devastating blow with recurring conseuences and difficult challenges Johnny still perseveresVisit a carnival and spin the wheel of fortune see inside the mi

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    Johnny Smith is one bad luck bastardHe starts off well enough as a nice guy with a talent for teaching and is in the early stages of w

  6. says:

    The Dead Zone is a brilliant book It has practically no filler It's criminally underrated It was a fun read from beginning to the end In a way Johnny Smith reminded me of myselfThe bare bones of the plot are not important I thought t

  7. says:

    Fantastic book Sixth sense Teacher in an accident Visions of the future Great film too starring Christopher Walken🐯👍Loved the scene in the film when Christopher Walken is talking to Herbert Lom his doctorHe asks him being that he is a Jew if he could go back in time and get close to Adolf HitlerWould he kill him?He

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    In my own personal opinion this is the best story Stephen King has ever written Not the most frightening not the m

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    The Dead Zone Stephen KingThe Dead Zone is a horrorsupernatural thriller novel by Stephen King published in 1979 It concern

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    “We all do what we can and it has to be good enough and if it isn’t good enough it has to do” Stephen King The Dead Zone Stephen King’s The Dead Zone would have made a perfectly snappy short story or novella A man gets into a car accident slips into a coma wakes up five years later and can foresee a perso

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