Cell - Stephen King


By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2006-01-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 401 Ratings


From international bestseller Stephen King, a high-concept, ingenious and terrifying story about the mayhem unleashed when a pulse from a mysterious source transforms all cell phone users into homicidal maniacs.

There’s a reason cell rhymes with hell.

On October 1, God is in His heaven, the stock market stands at 10,140, most of the planes are on time, and Clayton Riddell, an artist from Maine, is almost bouncing up Boylston Street in Boston. He’s just landed a comic book deal that might finally enable him to support his family by making art instead of teaching it. He’s already picked up a small (but expensive!) gift for his long-suffering wife, and he knows just what he’ll get for his boy Johnny. Why not a little treat for himself? Clay’s feeling good about the future.

That changes in a hurry. The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone’s cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization’s darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

There’s really no escaping this nightmare. But for Clay, an arrow points home to Maine, and as he and his fellow refugees make their harrowing journey north they begin to see crude signs confirming their direction. A promise, perhaps. Or a threat...

There are 193 million cell phones in the United States alone. Who doesn’t have one? Stephen King’s utterly gripping, gory, and fascinating novel doesn’t just ask the question “Can you hear me now?” It answers it with a vengeance.


  • It was aight

    By Brian Reza
    Not the best and not the worst but boy were the descriptions of the firearms laughable. Oh well. Still a fun read
  • Don’t answer the phone!

    By ES the horror fan
    Many reviewers have said, at any place or site where you can review a book on your phone, that the scariest thing about this book is that it could probably happen. I wholeheartedly agree! I finished reading Stephen King’s Cell only two weeks ago and it is utterly terrifying! On a seemingly ordinary afternoon, all it takes is the ringing of a cell phone for this ordinary day in Boston, Massachusetts to explode into a nightmare! Suddenly, anyone who answers their cell phone is instantly transformed into a raving lunatic by a strange signal, a “pulse” that is sent through cell phones. Anyone who answers their phone is turned into an out-of-control, murderous maniac from which no one is safe. Graphic artist Clay Riddell is fortunate enough to avoid being one of those who are transformed by the sheer coincidence that he doesn’t own a cell phone. As it quickly dawns on him that the catastrophe didn’t just happen in Boston, but probably everywhere in America, he joins other survivors who are looking for a safe haven, but Clay is also looking for his son. His determination to return home and make sure his son, Johnny, who owns a cell phone, is okay, drives every step of his journey, even as he and his companions make the horrifying discovery that the “phone crazies”,as he and his friends call them, are evolving... and whatever they are evolving into will be something even deadlier than they what they became when the Pulse happened! As critics and fans both seem to agree on, if anyone knows how to put a chilling spin on the modern day “zombie apocalypse” horror novel, it’s definitely master of horror Stephen King! I recommend it to all horror fans who love Stephen King’s books! Just don’t expect too much sleep after you finish it! 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♂️
  • Loved it

    By BookWorm1218
    One of the first Stephen King books I ever read and I loved it. IT was so enjoyable all the way through. I don’t know if there’s much else to say about it. Would love more like this, instead of the classic horror stories.
  • Make a movie of this

    By indo408
    Read the hard copy a few years back. Couldn't put it down. This I think would make for a interesting movie adaptation.
  • If I read extra fast....

    By SmellyFart
    Then it was a good book; I read extra fast.
  • Classic King

    By Aerokat25
    If you love Kings books like Gerald's Game or Under the Dome -- then you must read The Cell.
  • Fantastic!

    By Bethapd636
    I have been a lover of King's work for many years and also a lover of the zombie genre. This is a fabulous mix of the two and I could not have been happier. A fabulous read that I did not want to put down.
  • Wow..

    By HorseBoat69
    Not much I can say other than this is worth the time and money to read this. It is so intense and kept me glued to my seat. Totally re-reading
  • Another great book!

    By Belmacks
    As always, SK manages to create a world where a seemingly impossible set of circumstances becomes all too plausible for comfort. M
  • Great read...

    By Brite1234
    Very disappointed with the end!