The novel, made out of the screenplay for the TV miniseries directed by Craig R. Baxley, was published on February 1, 1999, by Pocket Books, in advent of the television premiere. The book is 376 pages in length and is still in print. ISBN: 067103264X.
It was written by Stephen King expressly for television and was published just prior to the initial airing of Storm of the Century on ABC. While the mass market edition of the screenplay was published only as a trade paperback, a hardcover edition was published concurrently by the Book of the Month Club. The book contains an introduction in which King describes the genesis of the idea as it occurred to him in late 1996, beginning to write it in December 1996, and debating the format the story should take, either a novel or a screenplay, ending up writing a "novel for television".