|Author: Stephen King|
|The latest, terrifying, #1 "New York Times" bestseller by Stephen King, about the mayhem unleashed when a mysterious force transforms cell phone users into homicidal maniacs, is available in a Premium Edition paperback.|
From the Publisher:
Graphic artist Clay Riddell was in the heart of Boston on that brilliant autumn afternoon when hell was unleashed before his eyes. Without warning, carnage and chaos reigned. Ordinary people fell victim to the basest, most animalistic destruction.
And the apocalypse began with the ring of a cell phone....Mayhem and violence are unleashed around the world when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs, and only a small band of "normies" who avoided the technological attack can stop the rampage.
Master of horror Stephen King preys upon our fears of technology with the plot hook driving this chiller: a mysterious signal known as "The Pulse," sent via cell phone, turns everyone talking on one into a mindless, murderous beast. The "normies"--those fortunate enough to be away from their phones--must band together in order to defend themselves from the afflicted and highly dangerous "phoners." The book's protagonist is non-cellphone-owning, comic-book artist Clayton Riddell, who watches a Boston street turn into a scene of bloody chaos as he waits on line at an ice-cream truck. Desperately, Clay fights his way through a newly insane New England back home to his estranged wife and young son in Maine, not knowing whether they are alive, dead, or affected by The Pulse themselves.
"[C]ompelling....King's imagining of what is more or less post-Armageddon Boston is rich, and the sociological asides made by his characters along the way...jaunty and witty....[T]he book holds together in signature King style. Fans will be satisfied." 01/02/2006 New York Times
"[A] traditional King narrative studded with alarming signs of the times." - Janet Maslin 01/23/2006 Newsweek
"The King of Horror returns to top form." 01/30/2006 "King's apocalyptic cautionary tale suggests that cellular communication could be as pernicious as it is pervasive." (starred review) 02/01/2006