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by Stephen King

“I love to see this guy get a beatin’.”

An eerie run of luck on the Wheel of Fortune at a local carnival sends Johnny Smith [into the Dead Zone] and his girlfriend, Sarah, on their way home. Later that night, a Dodge Charger slams Johnny into [the Dead Zone] a four-and-a-half year long coma.

When Johnny wakes up, he discovers there are things far worse than being in a coma. Things like being able to scan the past and future of certain people through only a single touch. Like knowing what they’re thinking. Like knowing something unspeakable is going to happen and only he can stop it.

This is for Owen. I love you, old bear.
The two things Sarah remembered about that night later were his run of luck at the Wheel of Fortune and the mask.

Cast of Characters:
George Bannerman - The Castle Rock Sheriff.
Frank Dodd - The Deputy.
Sonny Elliman - Greg Stillson’s hired lugoon.
John Smith - At the signpost up ahead, the Dead Zone.
Greg Stillson - The nasty presidential candidate.

Publication States:
Trade HC: Viking Press (1979)
Trade PB: New American Library/Signet (1980)
First Info: On CP, “First Signet Printing, August, 1980 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9”