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
very good book and excellent story the most interesting that I've read so long I recommand it to all my friendsPublished 18 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