I agree . . . it is up there among my favorites. One of the things that I loved about it was the ending . . . makes you wonder what is going through the minds of people in so many real life situations that end similarly . . . there is no way to really know. I also liked how they touched on the book's ending on the TV show, and how just one subtle influence (Johnny's trainer, who didn't exist in the novel) could so drastically change the fate of so many.
Dang! I went looking for my copy of the Dark Zone and lo and behold - I do not own a copy of this particular book! Santa Claus better have one in his bag for me this year (unless of course I made the naughty list)
I personally like to think that as everyday people, along with media...non corrupt politicians...that sooner or later the truth would out and we wouldnt be suckered by someone like him....anywho, I read this one for the 1st time while on holiday and really loved it. I agree it was the only ending. I had predicted it, to a degree...though not the 'how' part. I liked it.
I've wondered this as well. We hear quite often about what inspires some books, such as Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Cujo, Needful Things, IT, etc. Some, however, simply slip through the cracks. Dead Zone? Dreamcatcher? Gerald's Game?