Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay
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Storm of the Century: An Original Screenplay

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For the first time in Stephen King's remarkable publishing history, the master storyteller presents an all-new, original tale written expressly for the television screen.

They're calling it the Storm of the Century, and it's coming hard. The residents of Little Tall Island have seen their share of nasty Maine Nor'easters, but this one is different. Not only is it packing hu...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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I remember seeing Storm of the Century (the movie) back when it first came out and really, really loving it. I've seen it a few times since then, but I'd yet to read the screenplay, so I did.

I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. I don't know if I would say that either one is better than the other... Each version brings something to the table. The movie version has creepy perfect Colm Feore, and while the book has stills from the movie, they just don't do him justice. And the movie has effec...more
Васил Койнарев
И така, бях обещал няколко думи за книгата, ето ги и тях:

"Бурята на века", ако сте пропуснали да разберете, не е типичният роман, а сценарий. Да - сценарий. Кинг сам пише във въведението си, че прекрасната идея за тази история му хрумва като роман за телевизията - сценарий. Затова той сяда и пише такъв. Сценарият веднага е екранизиран (1999 - Бурята на века - 3 серии по 91 минути) и филмът се води като най-добрата екранизация по Кинг (може би след Шоушенк).

След големия успех на филма, Кинг решав...more
Danny Gonzales
This is one of my favorite Stephen King mini-series. The Stand is a close second except for a few corny moments in it. Langoliers not so much. To some people this may be a typical Stephen King story but there is something really profound and deeply disturbing about the ending. King tackles the theme of the loss of a child again which seems to go through other works of his like Cujo and in Pet Semetary. The devastation a parent must feel. Andre Linoge is an evil, inhuman creature who beats an old...more
Un libro que no deja que lo sueltes ni un segundo, y cuando es realmente necesario que lo hagas, no puedes dejar de pensar en él. Es sorprendentemente fácil de leer, y debo admitir que la noche en que lo terminé me costó un poco de trabajo conciliar el sueño pensando en qué pasaría si de pronto un André Linoge apareciera. Croatoan me provocó un déjà vu y fue una sensación increíble, además de que no me lo pude sacar de la mente por un buen rato. El argumento es fascinante y el buen desarrollo de...more
(ETA movie review at the end.)

I started this book last night, which was perfect timing: A storm was coming in and the wind outside was insane. Just like in this screenplay.

The story takes place in February 1989 on Little Tall Island off the coast of (you got it) Maine. The Storm of the Century is threatening to roll through, and with it comes a stranger to the area, Andre Linoge. He's creeptastic in the way that most of King's villains are; but there's not a whole lot new here. Small community...more
Juan Nieto Cano
Es un libro bueno muy bueno, de principio a fin. Al principio me preocupaba la forma en que estaba escrito, tipo guión de película porque creía que me podría cortar un poco asimilar su lectura, pero con sólo llevar 10 ó 15 páginas leída te acostumbras. Lo bueno de estar escrito tipo guión es que te lo pone todo de manera que lo visualizas al instante, como si lo estuvieses viendo de el momento, e incluso parece hasta más emocionante. Aunque también me habría gustado mucho que SK hubiese adaptado...more
Susan Kelley
February, 1989; Little Tall Island, Maine

It's all the weathercasters can talk about - the Storm of the Century. It'll be a blizzard, white-out conditions that will last for days. The tiny island community of Little Tall Island is ready. They've stocked up on provisions. They have the emergency shelter prepared. The islanders can take whatever the storm throws at them, ayuh. They have no way of knowing that evil is about to break through, an evil that will take and take, an evil that will change...more
Jordan West
3.5 stars; as always, King's work epitomizes the character-centric mode of horror fiction, while personally I tend to prefer the likes of M.R. James, Lovecraft, and Ligotti where atmosphere, plot, imagery, and philosophy are instead emphasized over characterization. Preferences aside, despite its screenplay format and the restrictions of being written for television, ithis succeeds as a surprisingly dark piece of entertainment with a fascinating antagonist who reminded me somewhat of the inhabit...more
Jakob Jones
The book was about an island that gets attacked by a large storm. Durhe ing this relentless storm, there is a man who appears that has people kill themselves. He can do this because he is actually a warlock who is going to die of old age. He says that if you give him what he wants he will go away. The main character is the islands sheriff and he arrested the warlock because he slaughtered an old lady just before the storm started. from jail, he uses his magic wand that takes the form of his cane...more
It was kinda hard reading in screenplay format. I've ordered the movie.

I'd have liked it better written as a novel.
Бранимир Събев
За първи и единствен път в забележителната си кариера СТИВЪН КИНГ ни представя история, създадена специално за телевизията. Но, както самият Майстор споделя: “Бурята на века” не е нито тв драма, нито минисериал. Това е истински, пълнокръвен роман, реализиран в малко по-различна форма”.

И критици, и фенове са единодушни, че “Бурята на века” е една от най-добрите екранизации на СТИВЪН КИНГ. Време е да се уверите, че книгата е още по-добра. Прочетете я и се насладете на историята в пълния й блясък –...more
Stephen King started writing this book as a novel according to his Introduction to this book. But when he went to sit down and start writing it his idea kept turning towards a movie. So he wrote it just like he would any other novel but instead of using the Word 6 program he used a Final Draft screenwriting program. Granted he wrote it as a TV script because that is how it wanted to be written but with no belief that it would ever be on TV.

Storm of the Century is an intense book. Linoge along wi...more
The book report of the century

My book is “the storm of the century” by Stephen King. This book is a science fiction adventure. in this book it includes drama, death, and decisions. This book would attract readers that are more interested in prophecy, fate, and supernatural beings.
In my opinion i believe that this is a very good and interesting . Im interested in mainly demons, death, and a decision that no one would be happy with. i would recommend this book to anyone. the book itself is inter...more
Casey Goldstein
After finishing the book “Storm of the Century”, by Stephen King, I feel a bit upset. How could a 376-page book end so suddenly? This book was published in 1999 as an original made specifically for television. Stephen King was born on September 21st, 1947. He has written many books, most of which being horror and mystery related. His most famous book being The Shining, which was later made into a movie; just as some of his other books were made into movies. “Storm of the Century” takes place on...more
Het zou de Storm van de Eeuw zijn en hij komt genadeloos opzetten. De bewoners van Little Tall Island kennen hun stormen, alleen deze is anders. Heel anders. Buiten de wind en regen brengt de storm meters hoge sneeuw mee. En nog iets anders. Iets dat men niet kent en wilt kennen. En wat men liever niet had gekend.

Als de storm komt opzetten, komt de eerste bewoner om het leven. André Linoge zit echter op de stoel van Martha Clarendon, te wachten tot ze hem komen halen. Want hij is niet voor niets...more
What I thought would be a lingering and depressing apologue was actually an enticing journey which was so alluring that I could not put down the book for a second. Stephen King's work was absolutely meritorious to, who I think, all readers. In a moment the book had you snatched in its dangerous grasp. A grasp which will make you stay in your home on sunny days just to get to the end. Just culminating beyond means, this incandescent vagabondage did not just paint a picture in front of your eyes...more
Francesca Tessari
Odio le sceneggiature... ho tenuto duro per rispetto verso l'autore, ma �� stata una tortura... peccato perch�� la storia mi era anche piaciuta. Piccola curiosit��: l'isola immaginaria al largo delle coste del Maine, Little Tall, dove e' ambientato il romanzo, �� la stessa di Dolores Claiborne.
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Storm of the century is one of those typical King stories. Something evil comes to a coastal town in disguise of a stranger who knows every dark little secret of its inhabitants. The people are busy preparing for a big storm to come and gather in a secure building. At the same time, inexplicable murders take place, committed by people mentally controlled by the stranger. Like the storm, the action increases, until the stranger confronts the townspeople and forces them to make a cruel decision. T...more
Unless you are a writer, I doubt that you can really appreciate Storm of the Century as a screenplay. For all others, this comes in a movie (hence the screenplay) format.

When I saw this movie, so many years ago, I could not stop crying. Now before you get to that part though, you must look past the visual effects. I know to some of you visual effects play a big part of how you perceive a motion picture but I beg you to find a way to look past that. This movie will have you clinging on what is de...more
I have reached one third of the book and now will stop and switch to the movie as the author thinks they are practically the same thing.
Gino Alfonso
Writes screenplays as well as he writes books, I was hooked and I saw the TV movie when it aired and own it, but reading it was like watching it for the first time! Grade A + entertainment
Little Tall Island, off the coast of Maine, is bracing for what might be the fiercest winter storm ever seen. As the town prepares for the weather's onslaught, the residents discover a new threat from within. Andre Linoge, the man with the wolf's head cane, has murdered elderly Martha Clarendon and awaited police custody. Bombarded by the falling snow without and trapped with a monster within, the people of Little Tall must determine if they should give Linoge what he wants to send him away. Thi...more
Geniale! Per la serie "comprerei anche la lista della spesa di Stephen King"...
Bè se la scrive in questa maniera perchè no?
Primer libro que leo de King, y la verdad me sorprendió, es muy interesante, no lo negare, sin embargo no me esperaba la naturaleza del problema, creo que acabo un poco con la emoción e hizo las cosas un poco raras
What I liked most of this book was the ending, and in the interest of not spoiling anything, you'll just have to read for yourself...
Andrea Bratelli
Ottimo anche questo libro. Stephen King ti fa sempre rimanere sulle spine sino all'ultimo.
Mi è piaciuto anche come ha impostato il modo di raccontare le vicende (come una scenografia).
Stephen King : So, what do you think ?

Constant Reader X : This is quite unusual. A movie script ? I love it. So, I have a few ideas as to why Linoge is toying with these poor people.

Stephen King : You do ?

Constant Reader X : I do. I read all your books, and at a certain point, sorry to say but you become quite predictable.

Stephen King : I do ?

Constant Reader X : Let's put it to the test!


Stephen King : So, what's the gist ?

Constant Reader X : It appears as if I have underestimated your abilit...more
Yusuf Bayraktar
Senaryo halinde yazılmış bir kitaptı. Gayette heyecanlıydı açıkçası, yakında filmini de izleyeceğim :)
Not my favorite Stephen King story, but entertaining none the less. A mysterious supernatural force keeps a town prisoner with a fierce storm...with only one way to appease it. Deliever one of their children for it's keeping. Human nature is explored as the town deliberates giving up a child to save the masses. Who will they choose? Is there any other way out?

Honestly I remember the TV miniseries more than the book, as they were fairly equal. The book was of course more in depth and gruesome.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M...more
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