Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 Paperback – Feb 1 1999
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Stephen King started writing Storm of the Century as a novel, but it evolved into the teleplay of an ABC TV miniseries. Set in Maine's remote Little Tall Island, the tale is all about vivid small-town characters, feuds, infidelities, sordid secrets, kids in peril, and gory portents in scrambled letters. The calamitous snowstorm is nothing compared to the mysterious mind-reading stranger Linoge, who uses magic powers to turn people's guilt against them--when he's not simply braining them with his wolf-head-handled cane. Don't even glance at that cane--it can bring out the devil in you. Just as The Shining was concerned with marriage and alcoholism as much as it was with bad weather and worse spirits, Storm of the Century is more than a horror story. It's creepy because it's realistic.
But it's also unusually visual. Linoge's eyes ominously change color, wind and sea wreak havoc, a basketball leaves blood circles with each bounce. The 100-year storm no doubt hits harder onscreen than on the page, but the snow is a symbol of the more disturbing emotional maelstrom that words evoke perfectly. And the murders of folks we've gotten to know is entirely terrifying in print. The crisp discipline of the screenplay format makes this book better than lots of King's more sprawling novels--the end doesn't wander and the dialogue crackles. Here's the real test: It's impossible to read parts 1 and 2 and not read part 3, "The Reckoning." --Tim Appelo
"The exuberant illustrations are colorful and action-filled. Greedy witch and wolf both get what they deserve in this thoroughly enjoyable romp that turns a popular nursery song on end." School Library Journal, Starred
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Most novelists are content with sticking to one literary branch, letting other writers adapt their work to screenplay form. Tom Clancy and John Grisham sell the film rights to producers such as Mace Neufeld and screenwriters (Donald Stewart and John Milius, for instance) rework their basic plots into adapted screenplays. King, too, has allowed others to adapt his works for Hollywood, but he has also learned the demanding format of the screenplay and written quite a few (Creepshow, Silver Bullet, and The Stand, just to name a few).
For the ABC-TV miniseries "Storm of the Century," King conjured up one of his darkest tales yet. As a severe winter storm of unprecedented fury approaches Maine's Little Tall Island, Martha Clarendon is murdered in an unspeakably violent manner. But instead of fleeing the scene of the crime as most killers do, Andre Linoge parks himself on his victim's easy chair and waits, his silver-wolf-head's cane in his hands, for the authorities to pick him up.
But with Linoge's arrest, Little Tall Island's woes do not end; they are only beginning. For Linoge is one of those not-quite-human fiends Stephen King often creates to create havoc in small Maine communities like Little Tall Island, Derry, Jerusalem's Lot, and Castle Rock. He can destroy people simply by revealing their darkest secrets and manipulating them from afar. And by the time the Storm of the Century passes, the citizens of Little Tall Island will be horrified when they discover the meaning of Linoge's simple request: "Give me what I want, and I'll go away.Read more ›
This movie was bad. It takes place in the middle of the night under a full moon (the only light throughout the show) in the middle of a bad storm snow storm. The chief of police seems to be the only one with an IQ but still missed half of the attendance of the police academy. His deputy acts likes he clueless about everything in policing. I think the chief woke him out of bed the week earlier while he was sleeping and told him he was deputy....ugh
All the women in the movie act like they are working in a weekday soap opera show. Everyone is in the movie is portrayed as weak, men act as bullies and everyone is so traumatized about the unknown that is happening all they do is cry. I have not seen one person who thinks logically, takes the reigns to find out what really is going on or who is not afraid of anything.
Steven King portrayed all the characters as helpless and afraid of their own shadows. King turned a snow storm into 3 length movies, each having to be watched in darkness. Only light is in the basement where everyone is staying. One can actually close their eyes and listen to the movie and still not miss anything.
I'm a King fan but this movie ranks in the top worst I've ever had to sit through and that's only because I spent $5 and the cover/summary looked great when I read it.
As much as the story works, I was expecting King to include scenes that did not make it into the finished film, as is the case with most fare created for film, there is always stuff that is cut out. This is to accomodate time constraints and all that. Since the DVD release of the film contains no deleted material, I thought perhaps the screenplay would have had some of that. After all, when movies are adapted in novel form, there are no limits, bcause time and other factors are eliminated In his introduction on page Xi King makes the point that he wrote "Storm" the same way he would if it were a novel. I just didn't "read" the script that way. It felt like I was reading it the way it was written--as a script.Read more ›
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very good book and excellent story the most interesting that I've read so long I recommand it to all my friendsPublished 23 months ago by Claude Couillard
This was a great reference tool for me while I was taking my Screenwriting class. Good story and a nice sized book, easy to read.
I would recommend this book.
If I had know that this was an actual screen play, there is no way that I would have purchased it. I will not be reading it and and looking to get rid of it as soon as possible.Published on Nov. 23 2012 by chris niki
I am a huge fan of King's novels. The problem here is that this is not a novel, it is some silly screenplay for a made-for-TV miniseries. Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2007 by KF
This is the first screenplay that I read of S.King., it is so well written that you can imagine it as if you were actually seen the movie. Read morePublished on June 1 2004
Stephen King has made another novel full of horror and suspense. The biggest storm ever is about to hit a town called Little Tall Island in Maine. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by matt
In the summer of 1935, hundreds of World War 1 Veterans were in the Florida Keys to build the bridges linking the islands to the mainland. Read morePublished on July 27 2003
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