Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, Balrog Award. In 1984, it was adapted into a film; the book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice." Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee are a father/daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop. During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with "Lot 6", a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD; the drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities and him an auto-hypnotic mind domination ability he refers to as "the push". They both developed telepathic abilities. Andy's and Vicky's powers were physiologically limited; the novel begins in medias res with Charlie and Andy on the run from Shop agents in New York City, the latest in a series of attempts by The Shop to capture Andy and Charlie following a disastrous raid on the McGee family in suburban Ohio.
After years of Shop surveillance, a botched operation to take Charlie leaves her mother dead. He uses his push ability to track the trail of Charlie and The Shop agents, catching up to them at a rest stop on the Interstate, he uses the push to incapacitate The Shop agents, leaving the other comatose. Charlie and Andy flee, begin a life of running and hiding, using assumed identities, they move several times to avoid discovery. Using a combination of the push, Charlie's power, hitchhiking, the pair escapes through Albany, New York and is taken in by a farmer named Irv Manders near the fictional town of Hastings Glen, NY. At Andy's instruction, Charlie unleashes her power, incinerating the entire farm and fending off the agents, killing a few of them. With nowhere else to turn, the pair flees to Vermont and takes refuge in a cabin that had once belonged to Andy's grandfather. With the Manders farm operation disastrously botched, The Shop's director, Captain James "Cap" Hollister, calls in a Shop hitman named John Rainbird to capture the fugitives.
Rainbird, a Cherokee and a Vietnam veteran, is intrigued by Charlie's power and becomes obsessed with her, determined to befriend her and kill her. This time the operation is successful, both Andy and Charlie are taken by The Shop; the pair is separated and imprisoned at The Shop headquarters, located in the fictional Washington, D. C. suburb of Longmont, Virginia. With his spirit broken, Andy becomes an overweight drug addict loses his power, is deemed useless by The Shop. Charlie, defiantly refuses to cooperate with The Shop and does not demonstrate her power for them. Six months pass until a power failure provides a turning point for the two: Andy, sick with fear and self-pity, somehow regains the push - subconsciously pushing himself to overcome his addiction - and Rainbird, masquerading as a simple janitor, befriends Charlie and gains her trust. By pretending to still be powerless and addicted, Andy manages to gain crucial information by pushing his psychiatrist. Under Rainbird's guidance, Charlie begins to demonstrate her power, which has grown to fearsome levels.
After the suicide of his psychiatrist, Andy is able to meet and push Cap, using him to plan his and Charlie's escape from the facility, as well as to communicate with Charlie. Rainbird discovers Andy's plan and decides to use it to his advantage. Andy's plan succeeds, he and Charlie are reunited in a barn for the first time in six months but Rainbird is there, planning to kill them both. A crucial distraction is provided by Cap, losing his mind from a side effect of being pushed. Andy pushes Rainbird into leaping from the upper level of the barn. Rainbird shoots Andy in the neck and fires another shot at Charlie, but she uses her power to melt the bullet in midair, sets Rainbird and Cap on fire. Mortally wounded, Andy instructs Charlie to use her power to escape and to inform the public, to make sure the government cannot do anything like this again, he dies, grief-stricken and furious, Charlie sets the barn on fire. She exits the barn, people start going after her, she uses her pyrokinesis to blow up their getaway vehicles.
People try to flee, some do. Military men are called. Charlie blows up the building, leaving the Longmont facility burning, with all its workers dead; the event is released to the media as a terrorist firebomb attack. The Shop reforms, under new leadership, begins a manhunt for Charlie, who has returned to the Manders farm. After some deliberation, she comes up with a plan and leaves the Manders', just ahead of Shop operatives, heads to New York City, she decides on Rolling Stone magazine as an unbiased, honest media source with no ties to the government, the book ends as she arrives to tell them her story. Firestarter was adapted into a film of the same name in 1984, it was directed by Mark L. Lester and starred Drew Barrymore as Charlie, David Keith as Andy, George C
Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by American writer Stephen King. The novel was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986, adapted into two films: one in 1989 and one in 2019. In November 2013, PS Publishing released Pet Sematary in a limited 30th-anniversary edition. Louis Creed, a doctor from Chicago, is appointed director of the University of Maine's campus health service, he moves to a large house near the small town of Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their two young children and Gage, Ellie's cat, Church. From the moment they arrive, the family runs into trouble: Ellie hurts her knee and Gage is stung by a bee, their new neighbor, an elderly man named Jud Crandall, comes to help. He warns Rachel about the highway that runs past their house. Jud and Louis become close friends. Since Louis's father died when he was three, he sees Jud as a surrogate father. A few weeks after the Creeds move in, Jud puts the friendship on the line when he takes the family on a walk in the woods behind their home.
A well-tended path leads to a pet cemetery where the children of the town bury their deceased animals. The outing provokes a heated argument between Rachel the next day. Rachel disapproves of discussing death, she worries about how Ellie may be affected by what she saw at the "sematary". Louis himself has a traumatic experience during the first week of classes. Victor Pascow, a student, fatally injured in an automobile accident, addresses his dying words to Louis even though the two men are strangers. On the night following Pascow's death, Louis experiences what he believes is a vivid dream in which he meets Pascow, who leads him to the deadfall at the back of the "sematary" and warns Louis to not "go beyond, no matter how much you feel you need to." Louis wakes up in bed the next morning convinced it was, in fact, a dream—until he finds his feet and bedsheets covered with dried mud and pine needles. Louis dismisses the dream as the product of the stress he experienced during Pascow's death, coupled with his wife's lingering anxieties about the subject of death.
Louis is forced to confront the subject of death at Halloween, when Jud's wife, suffers a near-fatal heart attack. Thanks to Louis's prompt attention, Norma makes a quick recovery. Jud is grateful for Louis's help and decides to repay him after Church is run over outside his home at Thanksgiving. Rachel and the kids are visiting Rachel's parents in Chicago, but Louis frets over breaking the bad news to Ellie. Sympathizing with Louis, Jud takes him to the pet sematary to bury Church, but instead of stopping there, Jud leads Louis farther on a frightening journey to "the real cemetery": an ancient burial ground, once used by the Miꞌkmaq Tribe. There Louis buries the cat on Jud's instruction. Louis thinks -- until the next afternoon when Church returns home, it is obvious. While he used to be vibrant and lively, he now acts ornery and "a little dead" in Louis's words. Church hunts for mice and birds much more but he rips them apart without eating them; the cat smells so bad that Ellie no longer wants him in her room at night.
Jud confirms that this condition is the rule, rather than the exception, for animals who have been resurrected in this fashion. Louis is disturbed by Church's resurrection and begins to wish that he had never done it. Several months two-year-old Gage is killed by a speeding truck in a horrible accident. Overcome with despair, Louis considers bringing his son back to life with the help of the burial ground. Jud, guessing what Louis is planning, attempts to dissuade him by telling him the gruesome story of the last person, resurrected by the burial ground, Timmy Baterman. Timmy Baterman was killed in action during World War II. Timmy's body was shipped back to the U. S. and his father Bill buried Timmy in that cemetery. Timmy came back malevolent and hellish, terrorizing the people of the town with secrets that Jud asserts he had no earthly way of knowing. Jud and the men fled in horror, it is revealed to Louis that Timmy was stopped by Bill. The traumatised Bill set their house on fire before shooting himself.
Jud states that he believes that whatever came back was not Timmy, but a "demon" that had possessed his corpse. He concludes that "Sometimes, dead is better" and states that "the place has a power... its own evil purpose," and may have caused Gage's death because Jud introduced Louis to it. Despite Jud's warning and his own reservations about the idea, Louis's grief and guilt spur him to carry out his plan. Louis inters him in the burial ground. Gage returns from the dead different from the child he was, he is demonic and more vicious than Timmy, speaking as if not Gage at all but something else. He kills both Rachel. After killing Church, Louis confronts his son and sends him back to the grave with a lethal injection of chemicals from his medical supply stock. After burning the Crandall house down, Louis returns to the burial ground with his wife's corpse, thinking that if he buries the body faster than he did Gage's there will be a different result. Following all of these tragic events, Louis has aged in physical appearance, with white hair and wrinkles.
Cycle of the Werewolf
Cycle of the Werewolf is a short horror novel by American writer Stephen King, featuring illustrations by comic-book artist Bernie Wrightson. Each chapter is a short story unto itself, it tells the story of a werewolf haunting a small town as the moon turns full once every month. It was published as a limited-edition hardcover in 1983 by Land of Enchantment, in 1985 as a mass-market trade paperback by Signet. King wrote the screenplay for its film adaptation, Silver Bullet; the book is dedicated to the author Davis Grubb: "In memory of Davis Grubb, all the voices of Glory." Marty Coslaw Marty Coslaw is a 10-year-old paraplegic, he serves as the novella’s protagonist. He hears the werewolf howling in March and is attacked by the beast in July, where he blinds it in one eye with a package of Black Cat firecrackers, he discovers the identity of the creature to be Reverend Lester Lowe in October and kills him with a silver bullet in December. Nan Coslaw Marty’s mother, she tries to treat him as if he were no different from any other 10-year-old boy.
Herman Coslaw Marty’s father, he is uncomfortable interacting with his disabled son, speaking to him in a patronizing voice. He is the coach at Tarker’s Mills High School. Kate Coslaw Marty’s 14-year-old sister, she seems jealous of all the attention Marty gets throughout much of the novella. Grandpa Coslaw Marty’s paternal grandfather, he lives with the family. Marty has a good relationship with his grandfather, described as being the typical grandfather, he is noted for being a heavy sleeper. Uncle Al Marty’s wild-living maternal uncle, he always seems to be in the doghouse with his sister. Al treats Marty better than anyone else in the story, buys him the fireworks Marty uses to blind the werewolf in one eye after the Fourth of July fireworks are cancelled, he supplies Marty with the silver bullets and the gun he uses to kill the beast in December. Reverend Lester Lowe, the werewolf, is first mentioned in the story in April, preaching a sermon about the coming of spring. Around May, he has a dream in which his entire congregation—and himself—transforms into werewolves before he awakens.
The next morning, he finds a custodian, dead on the pulpit at his church. He is seen as a pillar of the community and has been viewed that way for years, coming to call Tarker’s Mills home. Lowe has not been a werewolf his entire life, nor has he been a werewolf since he first arrived in Tarker’s Mills. In fact, he has no idea about how he became a werewolf, but he suspects that it has something to do with some flowers he picked at a cemetery on Sunshine Hill months prior to his first transformation, he went to put them in vases at the church vestry, but they turned black and died before he could finish the quick job. He has no reason to pinpoint this event as the beginning of his curse, but he believes that this was the beginning of the events; as the werewolf, he serves as the primary antagonist of the novella. Lowe comes to realize that he is the werewolf after having awakened with fresh blood on his fingernails and mouth, he discovers his clothes are missing or sometimes finds scratches and bruises, which appear to have come from running through the woods.
The dream in May serves as a further omen to his curse, but he doesn't realize his curse until July 5, when he awakens with his left eye blasted out. After Halloween, he began getting anonymous letters from someone who knows his secret, suspecting that it is the person whom he attacked in July and failed to kill, the person who blasted his left eye out. In November, he acknowledges that he is the werewolf and decides that he cannot risk going out in the woods, as he could be killed by the group of vigilantes who had taken to the woods that month. To avoid the vigilantes, he travels to Portland, where he kills Tarker’s Mills resident Milt Sturmfuller outside a cheap motel. After returning home, he decides to find out whom he attacked in July, confront that person. Marty signs his name to the last letter he sends in December, shortly before the next full moon. Lowe is killed by Marty on New Year’s Eve. Arnie Westrum Arnie is a railroad employee killed sometime in the wee hours of the morning on New Year’s Day in January.
He was snowbound in a blizzard after trying to clear snowdrifts off the tracks which had blocked the trains. Westrum manages to hit the werewolf with a pick axe. Stella Randolph Stella is a virginal seamstress. On Valentine’s Day in February, she sends herself cards from 1980s heartthrobs and longs for a lover, she sees the werewolf watching her from outside her window and lets it in, believing she is dreaming. The werewolf kills Stella in her bed; the drifter A drifter killed on St. Patrick’s Day in March, he is found by an employee of the Electric and Gas Company while searching for downed lines, his body is surrounded by wolf prints. Brady Kincaid Brady Kincaid is an 11-year-old boy killed while flying his kite on April Fool’s Day, he stayed out too late as he became fascinated by it. He is found the next day and disemboweled in the town park. Clyde Corliss Corliss is found dead in the Grace Baptist Church by Reverend Lowe on Homecoming Sunday in May, he had done janitorial work at the church since the late 1970s.
Alfie Knopfler Knopfler is the owner of the town's only diner. He is killed after high-school graduation in June in his diner, he sees the werewolf transform in front of him. Constable Lander Neary Neary is the town constable and is frustrated by his inability to solve the case and by his patronizing treatment by the Maine State Police. Neary reveals that Marty wa
Christine is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King, published in 1983. It tells the story of a 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural forces. A film adaptation, directed by John Carpenter, was released in the same year. In April 2013, PS Publishing released Christine in a limited 30th Anniversary Edition. In the summer of 1978, while high school student Dennis Guilder is riding home from work with his friend, nerdy teen Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham, Arnie spots a dilapidated red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury parked behind a house. Arnie makes Dennis stop, despite Dennis' attempts to talk him out of it. Roland D. LeBay, an elderly man wearing a back brace, sells the car—which he had named "Christine"—to Arnie for $250. While waiting for Arnie to finish the paperwork, Dennis sits inside Christine and has a vision of the car and the surroundings as they were when the car was new, 20 years before. Frightened, Dennis decides he dislikes Christine. Arnie brings Christine to a do-it-yourself garage run by Will Darnell, suspected of using the garage as a front for illicit operations.
As Arnie restores the car, he becomes withdrawn and cynical. However, he is more confident and self-assured than usual. Dennis is puzzled by the changes in Christine; the repair work proceeds haphazardly and the more extensive repairs, which Arnie can hardly afford, do not appear to be done by Arnie himself. Arnie's appearance improves in tandem with Christine's, his severe acne clears up and he becomes more self-assured and cocky. When LeBay dies, Dennis meets his younger brother, who reveals LeBay's history of anger and violent behavior. George reveals that LeBay's small daughter choked to death on a hamburger in the back seat of the car and that LeBay's wife, depressed by the loss of her child, committed suicide in its front seat by carbon monoxide poisoning; as time passes, Dennis observes that Arnie is taking on many of LeBay's personality traits and has begun dressing like a 1950s greaser and wearing his hair in a 1950s "duck's ass” style. Dennis sees that Arnie has become close to Darnell acting as a courier in Darnell's interstate smuggling operations.
When Arnie is finished restoring Christine, he begins dating an attractive transfer student named Leigh Cabot. While on a date with Arnie, she nearly chokes to death on a hamburger and is saved only by the intervention of a hitchhiker who uses the Heimlich maneuver. Leigh notices that Christine's dashboard lights seemed to become glaring green eyes, watching her during the incident, that Arnie tried to save her by ineffectually pounding her on the back, she realizes that she and Christine are competing for Arnie's affection and vows to never get into the car again. Arnie's parents refuse to keep Christine at home and force Arnie to put it in an airport parking lot. Soon afterward, Clarence "Buddy" Repperton, a bully who blames Arnie for his expulsion from school, learns where Christine is being kept and vandalizes the car with help from his gang. Arnie, aware of Christine's ability to repair herself, pushes her through Darnell's garage until enough of the damage is undone for her to run, drives her around and around the junkyard until she is brought all the way back.
Arnie strains his back in the process and begins wearing a back brace, the same as LeBay did. His relationship with Leigh declines and they break up over Christine. A number of inexplicable car-related deaths occur around town; the victims include Darnell and all but one of his accomplices in the vandalism. The police find evidence linking Christine to each of the murders, but none is found on the car itself. A detective named, it is revealed that Christine, possessed by LeBay's vengeful spirit, is committing these murders independently and repairing herself after each one. Leigh and Dennis begin unearthing details of Christine and LeBay's past. Dennis speculates that LeBay may have deliberately sacrificed his daughter and wife to make Christine a receptacle for his own spirit, they compare Arnie's signatures from before and after his purchase of Christine with LeBay's. One evening, Arnie stumbles upon Leigh and Dennis being intimately close in Dennis' car, sending him into a rage. Soon after, Junkins is mysteriously killed in a car crash.
Knowing that they are next and Leigh devise a plan to destroy the car and save Arnie. While Arnie is out of town visiting a college and Leigh lure Christine to the garage and batter her to pieces using a septic tanker truck named "Petunia", rented by Dennis. Dennis witnesses LeBay's spirit attempting to make him stop before the wreckage is crushed. Dennis learns that Arnie and his mother were both killed in a highway accident, while Christine earlier killed Arnie's father. Witness accounts lead Dennis to believe that LeBay's spirit, tied to Arnie through Christine, fled the Plymouth and attempted to repossess Arnie, but Arnie fought him to at least a draw, resulting in the fatal wreck. Four years Dennis and Leigh have ended their relationship, he reads about a freak car accident in Los Angeles, in which a drive-in theater employee — the last surviving member of Buddy's gang — was struck and killed by a car that smashed through a cinderblock wall. Dennis speculates that Christine may have rebuilt herself and is setting out to kill everyone who stood against her, saving him for last.
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From a Buick 8
From a Buick 8 is a horror novel by American writer Stephen King. Published on September 24, 2002, this is the second novel by King to feature a supernatural car. According to the book sleeve: "From a Buick 8 is a novel about our fascination with deadly things, about our insistence on answers when there are none, about terror and courage in the face of the unknowable." The title comes from Bob Dylan's song "From a Buick 6". The novel is a series of recollections by the members of Troop D, a Pennsylvania State Police barracks in western Pennsylvania. After Curtis Wilcox, a well-liked member of Troop D, is killed by a drunk driver, his son Ned begins to visit the barracks; the cops, the dispatcher and the custodian take a liking to him. The troopers begin telling Ned about the "Buick 8"; the Buick 8, which resembles a vintage 1953 Buick Roadmaster, has been in storage in a shed near the barracks since 1979, when it was left at a gas station by a mysterious driver who disappeared. The car, is not a car at all.
It appears to be a Buick Roadmaster, but the steering wheel is immobile, the dashboard instruments are useless props, the engine has no moving parts, the ignition wires go nowhere, the car heals itself when damaged and it repels all dirt or debris. Sandy Dearborn, now Sergeant Commanding of Troop D, is the main narrator of the book, tells the story to Ned, discussing various things that have happened with the car and his father's fascination with it; the car will give off what they dub "lightquakes", or large flashes of purple light over an extended period of time. These lights will "give birth" to strange plants and creatures that are not anything like what they have seen in their world. Two people have disappeared in the vicinity of the car—Curtis Wilcox's former partner Ennis Rafferty, as well as an escaped lowlife named Brian Lippy, it is suggested that the Buick was a portal between our world and another. After hearing the story of the Buick and how it has been kept secret by Troop D for so long, Ned becomes convinced that the car was somehow related to the death of his father in a random road accident.
After all, the gas station attendant who first reported the Buick sitting in front of the station was the same man who, years would kill his own father. Sandy cautions him to keep from obsessing over the Buick, but after leaving Ned at the Troop D facility to eat at a diner, he realizes that Ned never asked whether anyone considered destroying it, he deduces that Ned is determined to destroy the Buick, that the Buick wants to use that impulse to take Ned into the other world. Sandy returns to the shed to find Ned sitting in it, Ned having poured gasoline under the car while holding a pistol and a match. Just as Sandy pulls Ned out, the Buick transforms into a portal, trying to draw both Ned and Sandy inside of it; the rest of the staff arrive on the feeling that something bad may happen, all of them helping recall the story of the Buick's origin at their station, manage to pull Ned and Sandy free, but not before Sandy glimpses into the world on the other side of the Buick. He sees cowboy boots, along with Ennis's Stetson hat and Ruger gun.
One last story is told, revealing that destroying the Buick was discussed. However, they come to theorize that the Buick functions as a sort of regulator valve between the worlds, that destroying it would do more harm than good, they decide that it is safest to watch over the Buick, in the hope that whatever supernatural force will dissipate and expire. The book closes with Ned dropping out of college to join the police force, he pulls Sandy over to Shed B; the Buick's windshield has not healed itself. Ned believes that the Buick will one day fall apart, having expended the last of its energy in its final attempt to draw him into the other universe. Chesapeake Films announced in 2005 that George Romero would direct a motion picture adaptation of From A Buick 8; the script was written by Richard Chizmar. In 2007 Tobe Hooper replaced Romero, but production stalled in 2009 due to problems obtaining financing. A different adaptation is in development with William Brent Bell as writer. Christine From a Buick 8 at StephenKing.com
Desperation is a horror novel by Stephen King. It was published in 1996 at the same time as The Regulators, it was made into a TV film starring Ron Perlman, Tom Skerritt and Steven Weber in 2006. The two novels represent parallel universes relative to one another, most of the characters present in one novel's world exist in the other novel's reality, albeit in different circumstances. Desperation is a story about several people who, while traveling along the desolated Highway 50 in Nevada, get abducted by Collie Entragian, the deputy of the fictional mining town of Desperation. Entragian uses various pretexts for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman, it becomes clear to the captives that Entragian has been possessed by an evil being named Tak, who has control over the surrounding desert wildlife and must change hosts to keep itself alive. They begin to fight for their freedom and lives before realizing that if they are to escape Desperation, they must trap Tak in the place from which he came.
The novel begins with Peter and Mary Jackson, a couple driving cross-country in Peter's sister's car after visiting their friends the Sodersons. Collie Entragian pulls over the Jacksons on the pretext of their missing rear license plate and arrests them for possession of marijuana after finding a baggie in the car trunk. Once they arrive at the Desperation Municipal Building where the holding cells are kept, Entragian shoots Peter in the stomach several times and leaves his body in the doorway before dragging Mary over a dead girl's body and up the stairs to jail. Once thrown in jail, Mary meets the Carver family, Ralph and their son David, who tell Mary that the girl on the stairs was their daughter Kirsten; the other captive in the cells is the town veterinarian and former councilman. Billingsley witnessed Entragian systematically murder every other person in the town of Desperation. On the outskirts of town Johnny Edward Marinville, an aging author riding cross country on his motorcycle gathering material for a new book with his assistant Steve, comes to the attention of Entragian.
Entragian plants the drug baggie found in Peter and Mary's car in one of his bike bags and bundles him into the patrol car. While Entragian is burying his bike, Johnny manages to get a call through to Steve on his cell phone. Steve senses that his boss is in trouble and his hitchhiker, agrees that they need to locate Johnny and find out what has happened. Entragian throws Johnny in a cell in the Municipal Building before leaving all the captives. Johnny tells the others that Entragian is bleeding both internally and externally, leading the group to conclude that something is wrong with him. However, Entragian returns before the conversation can get much further, taking Ellen away in the patrol car and leaving a coyote to stand guard on the captives. David receives a message from God and realizes that they need to escape from their cells before Entragian returns, it is revealed that David Carver has an ability to communicate with and receive guidance from God after a miracle involving his best friend, a horrible accident.
Upon some advice from Tom, the group arm themselves with weapons from the Municipal Building and decide to hide out in Desperation's abandoned theater. David uses Johnny's cell phone to call Steve and Cynthia, who are now inside of Desperation and were about to grab a can-tah, inform them of their plans. Entragian returns to the Municipal Building in Ellen's body to discover that the captives have escaped, promptly sends out creatures to determine where they are hiding. Once holed up in the theater, the group begins to discuss their options; the survivors' first inclination is to escape Desperation, until David reveals that it is God's will that they confront Entragian and seal him in the China Pit again. Tom leaves the group, is soon attacked by a mountain lion being commanded by Entragian. While the others were distracted, David hid in a rear room of the theater to pray to God and ask for help. Audrey attempts to strangle him. Steve and Cynthia burst into the room and separate Audrey from David, revealing that Audrey is being controlled by Entragian through the use of can-tahs.
While the group is busy checking on David and watching Audrey's body disintegrate, a possessed Ellen grabs Mary and takes her to the mining pit. No longer feeling safe in the theater, the survivors move to Steve's truck to try to determine what they should do. David explains the visions that he had while in his prayer trance, the group comes to understand that Entragian is possessed by an ancient evil, a supernatural entity that calls itself Tak, imprisoned in the China Pit mineshaft until the Desperation Mining Corporation unearthed it. Tak has the ability to control the local desert wildlife, such as buzzards, spiders, scor
Cell is an apocalyptic horror novel by American author Stephen King, published in 2006. The story follows a New England artist struggling to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals. Clayton Riddell, a struggling artist from Maine, has just landed a graphic novel deal in Boston when "The Pulse", a signal sent out over the global cell phone network turns every cell phone user into a mindless zombie-like killer. Clay is standing in Boston Common. Civilization crumbles as the "phoners" attack each other and any unaltered people, including animals, in view. Amidst the chaos, Clay is thrown together with middle-aged Tom teenager Alice Maxwell; the next day, they learn the "phoners" have begun banding together. Clay is still determined to reunite with his young son, Johnny. Having no better alternatives and Alice come with him, they trek north by night across a devastated New England, having fleeting encounters with other survivors and catching disturbing hints about the activities of the phoners, who still attack non-phoners on sight.
Crossing into New Hampshire, they arrive at the Gaiten Academy, a prep school with one remaining teacher, Charles Ardai, one surviving pupil, Jordan. The pair show the newcomers where the local phoner flock goes at night: they pack themselves into the Academy's soccer field and "switch off" until morning, it is clear the phoners are developing psychic abilities. The five survivors decide they must destroy the flock and, using two propane tankers, they succeed in doing so. Clay tries to get everyone to flee the scene; that night, all of the survivors share the same horrific dream: each dreamer sees himself in a stadium, surrounded by phoners, as a disheveled man wearing a Harvard University hooded sweatshirt approaches, bringing their death. Waking, the heroes share their frightening dream experiences and dub him "the Raggedy Man". A new flock surrounds their residence, the "normies" face the flock's metaphorical spokesman: the man in the Harvard hoodie; the flock kills other normals in reprisal and orders the protagonists to head north to a spot in Maine called "Kashwak".
To stop their main objection, the flock psychically compels Ardai to commit suicide. Clay and the others travel north, as Clay is still determined to go home. En route, they learn that as "flock-killers" they have been psychically marked as untouchables, to be shunned by other normies. Following a petty squabble on the road, Alice is killed by a loutish pair of normies; the group buries her and arrives in Clay's hometown of Kent Pond, where they discover notes from Johnny which tell them Clay's estranged wife Sharon was turned into a phoner, but their son survived for several days, before he and the other normies were prompted by the phoners to head to the cell phone-free Kashwak. Clay has another nightmare which reveals that once there, the normie refugees were all exposed to the Pulse, he remains intent on finding his son, but after meeting another group of flock-killers and Jordan decide to avoid the ceremonial executions the phoners have planned. Before separating, the group discovers that Alice's murderers were psychically compelled into a gruesome suicide act for touching an untouchable.
Clay sets off alone. One of the flock-killers, construction worker Ray Huizenga, surreptitiously gives Clay a cell phone and a phone number, telling him to use them when the time is right; the group arrives at Kashwak, the site of a half-assembled county fair, where increasing numbers of phoners are beginning to behave erratically and break out of the flock. Jordan theorizes that a computer program caused the Pulse and that, while it is still broadcasting into the battery-powered cell phone network, it has become corrupted with a computer worm that has infected the newer phoners with a mutated Pulse. An entire army of phoners is waiting for them and Clay notices Sharon is among them; the phoners lock the group in the fair's exhibition hall for the night. As Clay awaits their morning execution, he sees Ray's unspoken plan: Ray had filled the rear of the bus with explosives, wired a phone-triggered detonator to them and killed himself to prevent the phoners from telepathically discovering the explosives.
The group breaks a window for Jordan to squeeze through and he drives the vehicle into the midst of the inert phoners. Thanks to a jury-rigged cell phone patch set up by the pre-Pulse fair workers, Clay is able to detonate the bomb and wipe out the Raggedy Man's flock; the majority of the group heads into Canada, to let the approaching winter wipe out the region's unprotected and leaderless phoners. Clay heads south, he finds Johnny. However, Johnny is an erratic shadow of his former self and so, following another theory of Jordan's, Clay decides to give Johnny another blast from the Pulse, hoping the corrupted signal will cancel itself out and reset his son's brain; the book ends with Clay's dialing and placing the cell phone to Joh