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Book Information: Christine

Christine (1983) [Novel]
by Stephen King Rating: Weighted - 6.8 / Average - 6.8 of 10 (46 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Scene: a middle-class suburb of Pittsburgh.

Time: 1978.

Cast of characters: Arnie Cunningham, a bookish and bullied high school senior; Dennis Guilder, his friend and sometimes protector; Leigh Cabot, the new girl in school, won by Arnie...but wanted by Dennis as well.

Just another lovers' triangle, you say? Not quite. There's a fourth here, the second lady, the dark lady. "Cars are girls," Leigh Cabot says, and the dark force in Stephen King's new novel is a 1958 Plymouth named Christine.

She is no ordinary car, this white-over-red two-toned survivor of a time when high-test gasoline was priced at a quarter a gallon and speedometers were calibrated all the way up to a hundred and twenty miles an hour...a time when rock and roll in all its first crude power ruled America...a time when speed was king.

Arnie Cunningham is determined to have Christine at any price, and little by little, Dennis and Leigh begin to suspect that the price of his growing obsession may be terrifyingly high, its result blackly evil. as Arnie sets feverishly to work on the seemingly hopeless job of resorting Christine, Christine begins to develop a terrible life of her own. Or is that only imagination? Dennis continues to hope so...and then people begin to die on Libertyville's dark suburban streets and roads...and the time comes when Dennis can no longer deny the horrifying truth: Christine is alive.

In Christine, Stephen King has returned to the full-fledged novel of supernatural horror for the first time since The Shining. It will keep readers up late...and will have them looking both ways as they cross the street after dark.

Original title: Christine
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorDemonic Possession & Exorcism


  • This is for George Romero and Christ Forrest Romero. And the Burg.


Edition #1: Christine

Christine (1983)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Vintage King... breathtaking, awesome... carries such momentum the reader must force himself to slow down!" New York Times Book Review
  • "Riveting... shiveringly scary... a hell of a good ride!" Playboy
  • "Truly gripping... some of the best wrting King has ever done... the master has returned with a vengeance to scare us." Publishers Weekly
  • "A certain blockbuster!" Chicago Tribune
  • "Terrific, eerily impressive, ominous... King really gets to you with his snarling, murderous monster on wheels." The New York Times
  • "King's best novel yet! Leave it to Stephen King to craftily conjure a wholly satisfying novel... the most frightening and compelling in recent memory.... Like Carrie, it captures the kinetic energy and cultural wasteland of teenage milieu.... Like The Shining, it displays psychological tensions and supernatural phenomena that jolt characters and readers alike." Los Angeles News
  • "What's better than a good spooky scare? Stephen King is expert at this dark art.... The superbly macabre Christine is truly memorable... it will frighten millions." St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • "For horror fans, a prize in the King tradition!" Library Journal
  • "Plenty of gore.... A story that races along in high gear." Newsweek
  • "Great stuff.... Read Stephen King's new chiller, and you'll never trust a 1958 Plymouth Fury again.... Stephen King scares the pants off us, but he does it with such style that we can't be mad at him." Southwest Magazine
  • "Like the movie director Steven Spielberg, King is a master of infusing life into inanimate objects or non-human forms." New York Times Book Review
  • "A brilliant conjuring up of terrors... the kind of story that could make you afraid to walk in front of your own car." Milwaukee Journal
  • "Scary, satisfyingly intricate." People
  • "Horror with immense appeal... King has never been more readable." Kirkus Reviews
  • "A must read for King fans!" Newsday
  • "Dazzlingly well-written!" Indianapolis Star
  • "A riveting exploration of possession, the supernatural, and terror... King's horrific visions, the growing terror of this small town, dance ghoulishly in the shadows of blinking headlights.... Once again, King has created a world all too familiar with a nightmare." Associated Press
  • "Hell hath no fury like a Fury scorned... readable and fast-paced, readers will love it." Detroit News
  • "Stephen King's mastery in conjuring up an aura of mystery and suspense will keep you glued to the pages." King Features Syndicate
  • "No-holds-barred horror... achingly real!" Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • "Stephen King, the master of modern horror, takes the reader for a fast ride of ghoulish fun." Atlanta Constitution
  • "Terrifying... King is a terrrific storyteller!" San Francisco Chronicle
  • "King's finest novel to date in which poignantly drawn teenagers become seduced by both the facts of life and the macabre fantasies of death." Houston Chronicle
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Christine (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9780340951408
Pages: 768

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Christine (April 1983)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Viking
Pages: 503

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