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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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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 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 himHerbert Lom replies that he is a doctor and his job is to save livesAnd finished by saying he would kill the son of a bitch Classic Stephen King Imagine if you could go back in time like 112263 his other book and take out a despot or foil an assassination The repercussions today would beAnyhow the world would be a different place today Even just one simple thing changed in the past would have such an impact today Ripples in the pond of time Devoted to Drew you could go back in time like 112263 his other book and take out a despot or foil an assassination The repercussions today would beAnyhow the world would be a different place today Even just one simple thing changed in the past would have such an impact today Ripples in the pond of time

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Johnny the small boy who skated at breakneck speed into an accident that for one horrifying moment plunged him into The Dead Zone Johnny 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 filmJohnny Smith is a rookie teacher with 8 in his pocket just enough money to take his best girl Sarah also a new teacher to the local county fair Sarah is coming off a couple of recent relationships that were exciting with aggressive unpredictable men Johnny is a step in a new direction maybe a responsible direction not driven as much by physical attraction as by mental stimulation She has no idea who Johnny is but that can t be helped because Johnny doesn t really know who he is either We get our first inkling that something is different about Johnny as they are leaving the fair The Wheel of Fortune guy running a crude version of the roulette wheel tempts Johnny over to try his luck with his last few remaining dollars Johnny starts by betting on black or red and wins As his confidence grows he starts picking exact numbers and keeps winning A crowd is drawn to this run of luck But is it luckHe turns his meager money into three months pay Sarah becomes sick from a bad hot dog Johnny uits the game to take her home Since they came in her car he takes a taxi back to his apartment There is an accident and Johnny goes through the windshieldHe doesn t wake up for four and half years His mother never a stable person before becomes frantically religious She throws herself at every new religious concept even going so far at one point to joining a commune who are waiting for alien space ships to come pick them up to take them to God With each new religious venture she brings the Smith s closer to bankruptcy Religious zealotry is always so scary to me They believe it whatever it is so fervently that any rational thought is wrestled to the ground and pinned by unuestioning faith When Johnny comes out of his coma he has the abilitycurse of being able to touch someone or something owned by that person psychometry and see pieces of their future Some key elements always seem to be missing and those murky parts Johnny calls The Dead Zone An ability like this Wellit scares people The nurses were lined up against the glass of the nurses station staring at him Suddenly they reminded him of crows on a telephone line crows staring down at something bright and shiny something to be pecked at and pulled apart That does seem to be our nature to fear what we don t understand uickly followed by the need to destroy what we fear Anyone different whether they have a unconventional sexual orientation or a disfigurement or just see the world differently will feel the constant pressure to conform ordisappear It is only logical of course that if Johnny knows about a fire before it happens that he must have been involved in setting that fire The possibility of clairvoyance is too uniue too extraordinary for others to comprehend Johnny is ridiculed exposed as a charlatan He is fine with that It might mean he has a chance to find a normal life He is doing well until a small town Sheriff can t catch the Raincoat Serial Killer A handshake can be so revealing And yes that is Martin Sheen playing Greg StillsonAs Johnny is finding himself back in the spotlight there is another man a Bible salesman by the name of Greg Stillson who is starting to have big thoughts dreams of power than any lunatic should ever have Stephen King is setting up a collision course between the two men both unusual both psychotic but on opposite sides of the same scale When Johnny shakes Stillson s hand he sees a future that can not be allowed to happen If you could build a time machine and go back to 1932 and kill Adolf Hitler would you do it It seems logical that you would save millions of lives which I can t even calculate the number of descendants of those saved lives The implications of lives that never existed in our timeline suddenly being thrust into our era are staggering The reshuffling of the DNA deck is mind boggling On a micro level it could change your own personal history significantly Your grandfather might marry someone different or your mother might meet someone before your father that didn t exist before You could wink out of existence before you can even fire up the time machine to return to 2015 Knowing the historical results of Hitler being alive even though there is always the risk that someway somehow by altering history you might make our present worse I would still have to vote that I would gladly assassinate Hitler On top of being a monster Adolf was also monstrously annoying I might even take a short detour and take out Joseph Stalin as well I m already rolling the dice so why not cast them out there one time I d chalk up another couple of million lives saved Alter another gazillion time lines of history Good lord the enormity of it and the logic and the illogicalness of it all start to circle back around until it becomes very easy to talk oneself out of such a risky decision Nobody wants to destroy the world while trying to save it Johnny goes through the same thought processes Logically he should find a way to stop Stillson but there is the nagging worry that he could just make things worse This is not a horror book It is a psychological thriller written by a writer near the top of his game While working in the book business I have always puzzled over why Stephen King was read by so many people Of course then I didn t read him I didn t need to read him because there were already plenty of people ueuing up to buy and read his next book My job of course was to read people like Cormac McCarthy or Alan Furst or writers like John Williams and try to bring them to a wider audience I have tried a couple of newer King offerings but have found them to be bloated overwritten and ponderous I read The Shining fairly recently and realized that the King s gold is in the dusty trunks of his early writings The book spawned a movie which spawned a popular TV show starring Anthony Michael HallKing even made a playful reference to his book Carrie in this novel which made me laugh out loud It was a bit of tongue in cheek referring to his own celebrity This book also fits very nicely into my 1970s nostalgic tour of horror books even though technically I can t call this horror Here are the other books that I ve read on this uest The Exorcist ReviewThe Shining ReviewJaws ReviewThe Omen ReviewHarvest Home ReviewIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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 word

  2. says:

    “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 filmJohnny Smith is a rookie teacher wi

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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 Ev

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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 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 g

  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

  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

  8. says:

    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

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

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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 person’s fut

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