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This chilling story is set in a lonely Nevada town where the evil embedded in the landscape is awesome--but so are the forces summoned to combat it. Experience Stephen King's terrifying new tale that will keep readers turning pages all night! National ads, including "People".
Born in 1947, Stephen King has become a household name all over the world. His mother raised him and his brother after their father deserted the family in 1950. In high school, King began to write short stories, his first published work appearing in 1968. He attended the University of Maine, graduating with a B.S. in 1970. Up until his first novel appeared, King had worked in an industrial laundry, as a janitor, as well as an English teacher. CARRIE, his debut, was met by a largely indifferent public in 1974. It wasn't until two years later, after King's second novel 'SALEM'S LOT and the filmed version of CARRIE, that King became a major player in the horror field. THE SHINING, his 1977 haunted hotel novel, began a litany of bestsellers, including THE STAND, THE DEAD ZONE, PET SEMETARY, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, and many others. King's work is regarded as instrumental in bringing about a resurgence of interest in horror fiction in the 1970s and '80s. An extremely high percentage of King's voluminous literary output has been filmed, with varying degrees of success, but all serving to carry the name of Stephen King far and wide. He has written nonfiction, given lectures, acted in films, and continues to produce huge novels nearly every year, all of which become instant bestsellers. As an bizarre sidenote, during the summer of 1999 while walking along a back road in Maine, King was struck and seriously injured by a minivan whose driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while being distracted by his dog--thus creating exactly the kind of news item that might have inspired several of King's own novels.
"Zooming along is Stephen King's massive new tour bus, "Desperation" We feel the mild private tingle of a passenger who senses, after the first swoosh of brakes, pillowy turn, and resumed deep-thrum acceleration, that he is in great hands."
"...[I]f reading 'The Regulators feels like watching a taut Rod Serling script directed by Sam Peckinpah, reading 'Desperation' feels like screening a rambling spaghetti western directed by Sam Raimi....For all its mysteries, monsters and gore, 'Desperation' builds to a climax reminiscent of King's epic 'The Stand', a crisis of faith in which characters make terrible choices with consequences far beyond mere survival."
"Knockout classic horror: King's most carefully crafted, well-groomed pages ever.
From the Publisher
Somewhere along Route 50 in the Nevada desert exists a dead-end town called Desperation. Those who cross the town line embark on a never-ending journey of desperation, lunacy, and terror, as they find true desperation in a town that no one leaves. The novel is a companion piece to "The Regulators", which is written under the name Richard Bachman and which involves many of the same characters in the same sort of setting, but exhibits an entirely different flavor than "Desperation". The books can be read separately, in either order, and each can stand on its own as a fully-realized work. But they are interdependent works of fiction as well.
Several cross-country travelers--including a writer, a family on vacation, and a professor and his wife--end up in the little mining town of Desperation, where a crazy policeman and evil forces compel them to fight for their lives.