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Authors: Stephen King

Dreamcatcher

PRAISE FOR STEPHEN KING AND
DREAMCATCHER

“Big, dynamic. . . . In this craftily phantasmagoric story about dreams, telepathy, and extraterrestrials, the emphasis is less on fear than on the shared will and capacity to survive. . . . [
DREAMCATCHER
is] a busy, vigorously told, increasingly trippy story . . . [with] some very neat tricks . . . [and written] with imaginative gusto. . . . King writes more fluently than ever, and at times with simple, unexpected grace.”

—
The New York Times

“Engrossing . . . exquisitely detailed. . . . Don't start this one on a school night, kids. You'll be up till dawn.”

—
People

“A horrifying thrill ride.”

—
The Times Picayune
(New Orleans)

“A book that evokes King at his harrowing best. . . . [He] infuses a standard ‘aliens are among us' story line with his own brew of terror.”

—
Daily News
(New York)

“King knows how to weave a story. . . .
DREAMCATCHER
displays his talents and drive.”

—
USA Today

“DREAMCATCHER
has a little something for everyone: aliens, scary dreams, boyhood friends . . . but most of all, it tells a compelling story. . . . [It] reaches into the reader's gut, grabs those deep-down hide-under-the-pillow fears and yanks them out into the open.”

—
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A breathless race leading up to a denouement designed to induce nail-biting. . . . His plotting is as expert and enjoyable as ever.”

—
Chicago Sun-Times

“King remains the master of fright. . . . Arguably, John le Carré does the best and truest spies; Anne Rice, the most spectacular vampires. But Stephen King owns the things that go bump in the night. . . . This novel is King at his storytelling best. . . . He's at the top of his really big-game game.”

—
The Tampa Tribune

“There's a raw and authentic psychological underpinning to King's best novels. . . . [
DREAMCATCHER
has a] rough and authentic narrative power.”

—National Public Radio

“King keeps the story moving on a kinetic level . . . [and] perfectly fleshes out [the] characters and their middle-age fatigue and confusion, making them real even as he subtly insinuates the supernatural.”

—
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“An eclectic tale . . .
DREAMCATCHER
pounds home the truth of our mortality.”

—
The Tennessean

“King's characters are as wonderfully woven as ever. . . . The action grips the readers' attention to the full.”

—
Birmingham Evening Mail

“You'll take a shining to Stephen King's
DREAMCATCHER.
. . . Enjoyably escapist. . . . An engrossing long-past-midnight page-turner. . . . King continues to scare up those goosebumps and take you by surprise.”

—
The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Mr. King's writing is more self-assured, his main characters are solid creations, and his dry Maine humor is ever-present.”

—
The Dallas Morning News

“King is still King.”

—
The Sunday Gazette Mail
(Charleston, SC)

“A terrifying piece of fiction. King is a storyteller without literary peer. Every gruesome horror is illuminated in graphic detail, and just turning the pages evokes visceral reactions from palpitations to palm sweat. . . . King remains a wonderfully inventive wordsmith whose imagination continues to haunt us.”

—
Dayton Daily News
(OH)

“DREAMCATCHER
marks his bracing return to all-out horror, complete with trademark grisly gross-outs, a panoramic cast of deftly drawn characters, and a climactic race against time.”

—
The Miami Herald

“A fabulously spooky tale. . . . An ace read. . . . King's dialogue delights.
DREAMCATCHER
is a reassuring sign that more great fiction is on the way.”

—
The Providence Journal-Bulletin

“King's writing is faultless. His characters and story line are complex and thoroughly intertwined. . . . [
DREAMCATCHER
is] definitely a good read.”

—
The Evening Standard
(N.Z.)

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C
ONTENTS

First, the News

SSDD

Part 1: Cancer

Chapter One: McCarthy

Chapter Two: The Beav

Chapter Three: Henry's Scout

Chapter Four: McCarthy Goes to the John

Chapter Five: Duddits, Part One

Chapter Six: Duddits, Part Two

Chapter Seven: Jonesy and the Beav

Chapter Eight: Roberta

Chapter Nine: Pete and Becky

Part 2: Grayboys

Chapter Ten: Kurtz and Underhill

Chapter Eleven: The Eggman's Journey

Chapter Twelve: Jonesy in the Hospital

Chapter Thirteen: At Gosselin's

Chapter Fourteen: Going South

Chapter Fifteen: Henry and Owen

Chapter Sixteen: Derry

Chapter Seventeen: Heroes

Part 3: Quabbin

Chapter Eighteen: The Chase Begins

Chapter Nineteen: The Chase Continues

Chapter Twenty: The Chase Ends

Chapter Twenty-One: Shaft 12

Epilogue: Labor Day

Author's Note

Mr. Mercedes Excerpt

About Stephen King

This is for Susan Moldow and Nan Graham.

F
IRST, THE
N
EWS

From the
East Oregonian,
June 25
th
, 1947

FIRE CONTROL OFFICER SPOTS
“FLYING SAUCERS”

Kenneth Arnold Reports 9 Disc-Shaped Objects

“Shiny, Silvery, Moved Incredibly Fast”

From the Roswell (N.M.)
Daily Record,
July 8
th
, 1947

AIR FORCE CAPTURES “FLYING SAUCER”
ON RANCH IN ROSWELL REGION
Intelligence Officers Recover Crashed Disc

From the Roswell (N.M.)
Daily Record,
July 9
th
, 1947

AIR FORCE DECLARES “SAUCER”
WEATHER BALLOON

From the Chicago
Daily Tribune,
August 1
st
, 1947

USAF SAYS “CANNOT EXPLAIN”
ARNOLD SIGHTING
850 Additional Sightings Since Original Report

From the Roswell (N.M.)
Daily Record,
October 19
th
, 1947

SO-CALLED SPACE WHEAT A HOAX,
ANGRY FARMER DECLARES
Andrew Hoxon Denies “Saucer Connection”
Red-Tinged Wheat “Nothing but a Prank,”

He Insists

From the (Ky.)
Courier Journal,
January 8
th
, 1948

AIR FORCE CAPTAIN KILLED
CHASING UFO
Mantell's Final Transmission:
“Metallic, Tremendous in Size”

Air Force Mum

From the Brazilian
Nacional,
March 8
th
, 1957

STRANGE RINGED CRAFT CRASHES
IN MATO GROSSO!
2 WOMEN MENACED NEAR

PONTO PORAN!
“We Heard Squealing Sounds from Within,”
They Declare

From the Brazilian
Nacional,
March 12
th
, 1957

MATO GROSSO HORROR!
Reports of Gray Men with Huge Black Eyes
Scientists Scoff! Reports Persist!
VILLAGES IN TERROR!

From the
Oklahoman,
May 12
th
, 1965

STATE POLICEMAN FIRES AT UFO
Claims Saucer Was 40 Feet Above Highway 9
Tinker AFB Radar Confirms Sightings

From the
Oklahoman,
June 2
nd
, 1965

“ALIEN GROWTH” A HOAX,
FARM BUREAU REP DECLARES
“Red Weeds” Said to Be Work
of Spray-Gun, Teenagers

From the Portland (Me.)
Press-Herald,
September 14
th
, 1965

NEW HAMPSHIRE UFO SIGHTINGS
MOUNT
Most Sightings in Exeter Area
Some Residents Express Fear of Alien Invasion

From the Manchester (N.H.)
Union-Leader,
September 19
th
, 1965

ENORMOUS OBJECT SIGHTED NEAR
EXETER WAS OPTICAL ILLUSION

Air Force Investigators Refute
State Police Sighting
Officer Cleland Adamant: “I Know What I Saw”

From the Manchester (N.H.)
Union-Leader,
September 30
th
, 1965

FOOD POISONING EPIDEMIC IN
PLAISTOW STILL UNEXPLAINED
Over 300 Affected, Most Recovering

FDA Officer Says May Have Been
Contaminated Wells

From the Michigan
Journal,
October 9
th
, 1965

GERALD FORD CALLS
FOR UFO INVESTIGATION
Republican House Leader Says “Michigan
Lights” May Be Extraterrestrial in Origin

From the
Los Angeles Times,
November 19
th
, 1978

CALTECH SCIENTISTS REPORT SIGHTING
HUGE DISC-SHAPED OBJECT IN MOJAVE
Tickman: “Was Surrounded by Small Bright
Lights”

Morales: “Saw Red Growth Like Angel Hair”

From the
Los Angeles Times,
November 24
th
, 1978

STATE POLICE, USAF INVESTIGATORS
FIND NO “ANGEL HAIR” AT MOJAVE SITE
Tickman and Morales Take, Pass, Lie Tests

Possibility of Hoax Discounted

From the
New York Times,
August 16
th
, 1980

“ALIEN ABDUCTEES” REMAIN CONVINCED
Psychologists Question Drawings of So-Called

Gray Men

From the
Wall Street Journal,
February 9
th
, 1985

CARL SAGAN: “NO, WE ARE NOT ALONE”
Prominent Scientist Reaffirms Belief in ETs
Says, “Odds of Intelligent Life Are Enormous”

From the Phoenix
Sun,
March 14
th
, 1997

HUGE UFO SIGHTED NEAR PRESCOTT
DOZENS DESCRIBE
“BOOMERANG-SHAPED” OBJECT

Switchboard at Luke AFB Deluged
with Reports

From the Phoenix
Sun,
March 20
th
, 1997

“PHOENIX LIGHTS” REMAIN
UNEXPLAINED
Photos Not Doctored, Expert Says

Air Force Investigators Mum

From the Paulden (Ariz.)
Weekly,
April 9
th
, 1997

FOOD POISONING OUTBREAK
UNEXPLAINED
REPORTS OF “RED GRASS” DISCOUNTED

AS HOAX

From the Derry (Me.)
Daily News,
May 15
th
, 2000

MYSTERY LIGHTS ONCE AGAIN
REPORTED IN JEFFERSON TRACT
Kineo Town Manager: “I Don't Know What
They Are, but They Keep Coming Back”

SSDD

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