The Long Walk (Jul 1979)

Set in a dystopian present, the plot revolves around the contestants of a grueling walking contest, held annually by a totalitarian version of the United States of America. As a freshman in college, Stephen King submitted The Long Walk to a first-novel competition, where it was rejected without comment.

Common King themes:

  • The number 19 (The name "Raymond Davis Garraty" has 19 letters.)

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