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Stephen King

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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/1/2016)
CD-Audio (4/26/2016)
Paperback (2/20/2018)
Mass Market Paperback (8/1/1997)
Prebound (8/1/1997)


Stephen King’s #1 national bestseller about a little mining town, Desperation, that many will enter on their way to somewhere else. But getting out is not easy as it would seem…

"I see holes like eyes. My mind is full of them."

For all intents and purposes, police officer Collie Entragian, chief law enforcement for the small mining town of Desperation, Nevada, appears to be completely insane. He's taken to stopping vehicles along the desolate Interstate 50 and abducting unwary travelers with various unusual ploys. There's something very wrong here in Desperation...and Officer Entragian is only at the surface of it. The secrets embedded in Desperation's landscape, and the horrifying evil that infects the town like some viral hot zone, are both awesome and terrifying. But one of Entragian's victims, young David Carver, seems to know—and it scares him nearly to death to realize this truth—that the forces being summoned to combat this frightful, maniacal aberration are of equal and opposite intensity...

Praise For Desperation

"A big, serious, scary novel...King is at the top of his game."
— Entertainment Weekly

"Surreal, tragic scary...builds to an epic climax. Terror that resonates long after the book is finished."
— Washington Post Book World

"Our best novelist of horror and our most serious anatomist of "horror" since Edgar Allan Poe. A tour de force...King is having great fun...vastly entertaining. He is a quintessentially American writer."
— Atlanta Journal Constitution

"Astonishing....The terror is relentless."
— Publishers Weekly

"Fabulous storytelling....Knockout classic horror: King's most carefully crafted, well-groomed pages ever."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Prime terrifying King."
— Cosmopolitan

"A gory, gut-wrenching exercise in fear and paranoia. Desperation is a fast-paced, in-your-face, heart-pounding horror-thon that builds to an exciting conclusion."
— Detroit Free Press

"A claustrophobic nightmare of horror and madness."
— Dallas Morning News

"Heaps and heaps of sure-fire thrills."
— Time

"No one is as deft with the carnage, or has as much fun with it....King is the Winslow Homer of blood."
— The New Yorker

"[Desperation's] plot is tight, the action is well orchestrated, and King's running theme of redemption packs a mighty wallop."
— Library Journal

"Desperation is pure King, a rollicking good tale skillfully told of repugnance and godliness doing high-screech battle. A full-blown morality tale, deliciously developed...a spiritual odyssey bringing together skeptic and believer."
— San Francisco Chronicle

Pocket Books, 9781501143700, 704pp.

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The OutsiderSleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of WatchFinders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.