11/22/63 (Nov 2011)

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away...but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke... Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten...and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Bag of Bones (Sep 1998)

Several years after his wife's death, novelist Mike Noonan still suffers writer's block. A dream inspires him to return to the couple's summer retreat in western Maine, a lakeside house called Sara Laughs. Shortly after arriving, Noonan is caught in the middle of a custody battle involving the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child's enormously wealthy grandfather. He also discovers that Sara Laughs is haunted and that his late wife, Joanna, still has something to tell him. The title of the book comes from the (allegedly attributed to Tom Hardy, but possibly invented) quote: "Compared to the dullest human being actually walking about on the face of the earth and casting his shadow there, the most brilliantly drawn character in a novel is but a bag of bones." King has said that, of all his books, Mike Noonan is the character most similar to him.

Black House (Sep 2001)

In this sequel to The Talisman (both co-written with Peter Straub), Jack Sawyer is now in his late thirties and has taken early retirement from the LAPD, retreating to a small town in Wisconsin. He has no memory of his adventures as a twelve-year-old boy, when he traveled into a parallel universe in search of the talisman that would save his mother's life. A series of murders involving young children force him out of retirement. There is more to these cases than murder, though, and Jack must retrieve his childhood memories to rescue the latest victim, who is coveted by the killer's evil overlord, a powerful force from End-World, in Roland the gunslinger's universe.

Blaze (Jun 2007)

Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., aka Blaze, has had a hard life which led him to petty criminal activities. Even though his partner, George Rackley, died three months before, Blaze is still hearing his instructions for pulling off one more scheme--the kidnapping of an infant whose parents are millionaires. The story tells of the attachment Blaze forms for baby Joe as he remembers his own childhood--one that was much different than the one baby Joe will have.

Blockade Billy (May 2010)

Even the most die-hard baseball fans don't know the true story of William “Blockade Billy” Blakely. He may have been the greatest player the game has ever seen, but today no one remembers his name. He was the first--and only--player to have his existence completely removed from the record books. Even his team is long forgotten, barely a footnote in the game's history. Every effort was made to erase any evidence that William Blakely played professional baseball, and with good reason. Blockade Billy had a secret darker than any pill or injection that might cause a scandal in sports today. His secret was much, much worse...

Carrie (Apr 1974)

Set in the then-future year of 1979, it revolves around the eponymous Carrietta N. "Carrie" White, a shy high school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her — in the process, causing one of the worst local disasters in American history. King wrote Carrie in response to a friend's challenge to write from a female perspective.

Cell (Jan 2006)

A New England artist struggles to reunite with his young son after a mysterious signal broadcast over the global cell phone network turns the majority of his fellow humans into mindless vicious animals.

Christine (Apr 1983)

A 1958 Plymouth Fury possessed by supernatural forces.

Cujo (Sep 1981)

The Cambers' once-friendly St. Bernard turns into a killer after being bitten by a rabid bat. Donna Trenton's husband is in New York trying to contain a disastrous ad campaign. Feeling abandoned by her workaholic husband, who is frequently out of town, Donna Trenton embarks on an affair with a local handyman. Left to fend for herself, she takes her ailing Ford Pinto to Joe Cambers' garage for repairs only to be trapped with her son Tad in the sweltering car by the monstrous dog. Fun fact: the Pinto is based on the car Stephen King bought with his first book advance (for Carrie).

Cycle of the Werewolf (Nov 1980)

Each chapter of Cycle of the Werewolf is a short story, all revolving around a werewolf haunting a small town as the moon turns full once every month.

Desperation (Sep 1996)

Desperation is a story about several people who, while traveling along the desolated Highway 50 in Nevada, get abducted by Collie Entragian, the deputy of the fictional mining town of Desperation. Entragian uses various pretexts for the abductions, from an arrest for drug possession to "rescuing" a family from a nonexistent gunman. It becomes clear to the captives that Entragian has been possessed by an evil being named Tak, who has control over the surrounding desert wildlife and must change hosts to keep itself alive. They begin to fight for their freedom, sanity and lives before realizing that if they are ever to escape Desperation, they must trap Tak in the place from where he came. This book was published at the same time as its mirror novel, The Regulators.

Different Seasons (Aug 1982)

A collection of four novellas with a more serious dramatic bent than most of his other horror novels. This collection contains Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Apt Pupil, The Body, and The Breathing Method - and is notable for having three of its four novellas turned into movies.

Doctor Sleep (Sep 2013)

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.” Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Dolores Claiborne (Nov 1992)

While being interrogated, Dolores Claiborne wants to make clear to the police that she did not kill her wealthy employer, an elderly woman named Vera Donovan whom she has looked after for years. She does, however, confess to orchestrating the death of her husband, Joe St. George, almost 30 years before, after finding out that he sexually molested their fourteen-year-old daughter, Selena. Dolores's "confession" develops into the story of her life, her troubled marriage, and her relationship with her employer.

Dreamcatcher (Mar 2001)

Four lifelong friends gather in the woods of western Maine for their annual hunting trip. When they were young, they were bound together forever by an act of bravery involving a fifth friend, whose influence has given these men special powers. Their trip is disrupted when a stranger, disoriented and delirious, wanders into camp, muttering about light in the sky. Before long, the friends find themselves pitted against an alien invasion and must draw on their old friend's strength once again to fight for their lives. Fun fact: Dreamcatcher was written in cursive while Stephen King was recovering from a 1999 car accident. The original name was "Cancer" but his wife convinced him to change it.

Duma Key (Jan 2008)

After a construction accident in which he loses his right arm and his divorce, Edgar Freemantle moves from Minnesota to Florida to begin what his psychiatrist described as a "geographic cure." He rediscovers his love of painting and finds that he is good at it but his paintings seem to have something "more" to them. On Duma Key he also finds a new friendship with Wireman, a kindred spirit seeking refuge there as a caretaker for Elizabeth Eastlake. Elizabeth's past also contains painful memories that have been reawakened bringing all of them together to face an evil entity named Perse.

End of Watch (Jun 2016)

The finale to the trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers—In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

Everything's Eventual (Mar 2002)

A collection of 14 short stories. Includes "Riding the Bullet," the first thing Stephen King wrote after his accident in 1999. The roller coaster is named after the Rottweiler that was distracting the driver of the car that hit King.

Finder's Keepers (Jun 2015)

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Firestarter (Sep 1980)

In 1969, a secret government agency called The Shop made experiments with a chemical drug called Lot Six. Lot Six altered the chromosomes on the test subjects, to experiment with psychokinetic powers, such as telekenesis. Two of the test subjects fell in love, and later married. They had a child, who they named Charlie, who was born with multiple abilities, primarily Pyrokenesis, the ability to start fires with her mind.

Four Past Midnight (Sep 1990)

A collection of short stories, including "The Langoliers"; "Secret Window, Secret Garden"; "The Library Policeman"; and "The Sun Dog".

From a Buick 8 (Sep 2002)

Shortly after his father, a Pennsylvania state trooper, is killed in a senseless automobile accident, Ned Wilcox discovers that the members of Troop D have a secret concealed behind their headquarters. Curtis Wilcox's friends and colleagues take turns relating the twenty-year history of the mysterious Buick Roadmaster locked in Shed B and how its discovery and unexplained behavior has captivated the tightly knit group of men for two decades. The Buick seems to be a conduit to another reality and every now and then it breathes, inhaling a little bit of this world, exhaling a little bit of whatever world it came from. The book was inspired by a real-life incident where Stephen King slipped and fell down a hill behind a gas station and wondered how long it would have taken someone to find him down there if he had been badly injured or killed. (It was not, as some have conjectured, based on King's infamous car accident; he actually wrote about the car accident in this novel before it happened to him in real life.)

Full Dark, No Stars (Nov 2010)

A collection of 4 novellas: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage.

Gerald's Game (May 1992)

A woman accidentally kills her husband while she is handcuffed to the bed as part of a bondage game, and, following the subsequent realization that she is trapped with little hope of rescue, begins to let the voices inside her head take over.

Hearts in Atlantis (Sep 1999)

A collection of two novellas and three short stories, all connected to one another by recurring characters and taking place in roughly chronological order. The stories are about the baby boomer generation, specifically King's view that this generation (to which he belongs) failed to live up to its promise and ideals. Significantly, the opening epigraph of the collection is the Peter Fonda line from the end of Easy Rider: "We blew it." All of the stories are about the 60s and the war in Vietnam, and in all of them the members of that generation fail profoundly, or are paying the costs of some profound failure on their part.

Insomnia (Sep 1994)

Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he awakens a little earlier until he's barely sleeping at all. During his late night vigils and walks, he observes some strange things going on in Derry, Maine. He sees colored ribbons streaming from people's heads. He witnesses two strange little men wandering the city under cover of night. He begins to suspect that these visions are something more than hallucinations brought about by sleep deprivation. Ralph and his friend, widow Lois Chasse, become enmeshed in events of cosmic significance.

It (Sep 1986)

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey.

Joyland (Jun 2013)

The novel is set at a North Carolina amusement park in 1973 and involves a carny who must confront the legacy of a vicious murder and the fate of a dying child. It's Stephen King's second Hard Case Crime novel, and grew from a single image he had had for 20 years of a boy in a wheelchair flying a Jesus kite on a beach.

Just After Sunset (Nov 2008)

A collection of 12 short stories.

Lisey's Story (Oct 2006)

Lisey's Story is the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous and wildly successful novelist, Scott Landon. The book tells two stories—Lisey's story in the present, and the story of her dead husband's life, as remembered by Lisey during the course of the novel. King got the idea for Lisey's Story when he came home after a prolonged hospital stay to find that his wife was in the middle of redecorating his home studio, and it made him feel like he had died and she was clearing out all his papers.

Misery (Jun 1987)

The novel focuses on Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels involving the character of Misery Chastain. One day he is rescued from a car crash by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who transports him to her home and, once finding out what he has done to Misery in his latest book, forces him to write a new book modifying the story - no matter what it takes. There are a lot of references to King himself, including Sheldon having to use a typewriter without a working N (as King did IRL), and King making a cameo as the hero on the cover for Sheldon's last Misery Chastain book.

Mr Mercedes (Jun 2014)

n the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Needful Things (Oct 1991)

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed," usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior.

Night Shift (Feb 1978)

Stephen King's first collection of short stories contains 20 stories, including Jerusalem's Lot, Night Surf, The Lawnmower Man, and Children of the Corn.

Nightmares & Dreamscapes (Sep 1983)

A collection of 24 short stories.

Pet Sematary (Nov 1983)

The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. The idea for the story came from King's own experience of living on a very similar busy road and discovering a burial ground nearby labeled "Pets Sematary." A lot of the moments in the book come from his family - the dead cat named Smucky, the indignant little girl asking why God can't get his own cat, and even a near miss of King's son Owen getting hit by a tanker when he wandered too close to the highway.

Rage (Sep 1977)

Rage was the first Bachman novel, and was actually first written under the name "Getting It On" while King was in high school himself. It describes a school shooting, and has been associated with actual high school shooting incidents in the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, King has allowed the novel to fall out of print.

Revival (Nov 2014)

The novel chronicles 50 years in the lives of two people who become involved with faith, religion and the supernatural. When the new minister comes to town, little Jamie Morton is excited. Almost everyone in the tiny Maine hamlet fell in love with preacher Charles Jacobs, his beautiful wife, or both of them. Things change all too suddenly when Mrs. Jacobs and her baby die in a gruesome auto accident. Half crazed, the reverend curses God, is banished from the town, and thereafter pursues successive supercharged careers as a sideshow huckster, a faith healer, and a mad scientist, while Jamie is involved with music and drugs, which ends after he is "saved' by Jacobs and his working with electricity. Now Jamie must find out how good (or vicious) his old friend has become: he suspects something sinister with the former reverend.

Roadwork (Mar 1981)

The story takes place in an unnamed Midwestern city in 1973–1974. Grieving over the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage, a man is driven to mental instability when he learns that both his home and his workplace will be demolished to make way for an extension to an interstate highway.

Rose Madder (Jun 1995)

Rosie Daniels flees from her husband, Norman after fourteen years in an abusive marriage. During one bout of violence, Norman caused Rosie to miscarry their only child. Escaping to a distant city, Rosie establishes a new life and forges new relationships. Norman Daniels, a police officer with a reputation for cruelty, uses his law-enforcement connections to track his wayward wife.

Salem's Lot (Oct 1975)

A writer named Ben Mears who returns to the town where he lived as a boy between the ages of 9 through 13 (Jerusalem's Lot, or 'Salem's Lot for short) in Maine to discover that the residents are all becoming vampires.

Skeleton Crew (Jun 1985)

Contains 22 short stories, including The Mist.

Sleeping Beauties (Sep 2017)

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place. The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied, or is she a demon who must be slain?

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (Nov 2015)

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

The Colorado Kid (Oct 2005)

Covers the investigation of the body of an unidentified man found on a tiny island off the coast of Maine. Lacking any identification or obvious clues, the case reaches nothing but repeated dead-ends. Over a year later the man is identified, but all further important questions remain unanswered. The two-person staff of the island newspaper maintain a longstanding fascination with the case, and twenty-five years later use the mysterious tale to ply the friendship and test the investigative mettle of a postgrad intern rookie reporter.

The Dark Half (Oct 1989)

For years, Thad Beaumont has been writing books under the pseudonym George Stark (named after the 50s murderer Charlie Starkweather). When a journalist threatens to expose Beaumont's pen name, the author decides to go public first, killing off his pseudonym. Stark isn't content to be dispatched that easily, though. Beaumont's alter ego comes to life and begins to stalk those responsible for his demise. The police suspect Beaumont is responsible for these violent crimes.

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Jun 1982)

The story centers upon Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger who has been chasing after his adversary, "the man in black", for many years. The novel follows Roland's trek through a vast desert and beyond in search of the man in black. Roland meets several people along his journey, including a boy named Jake Chambers who travels with him part of the way.

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (May 1987)

The story is a continuation of The Gunslinger and follows Roland of Gilead and his quest towards the Dark Tower.

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (Aug 1991)

Part III of an epic saga. Roland and his companions, Eddie and Susannah Dean, find the Path of the Beam that will lead them to the Dark Tower. Along the way, Roland adds two new members to his ka-tet (a group united for a specific purpose). In the decaying city of Lud, they encounter new dangers, including a sentient train that has gone insane.

The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (Nov 1997)

Part IV of an epic quest. Roland the Gunslinger and his followers have to contend with a sentient monorail intent on killing itself and taking them with it. While seeking to return to the Path of the Beam that will lead them to the Dark Tower, Roland tells his friends a story about the tragic loss of his first love, Susan Delgado.

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (Nov 2003)

After escaping the perilous wreckage of Blaine the insane Mono and eluding the evil clutches of the vindictive sorcerer Randall Flagg, Roland and his ka-tet find themselves back on the southeasterly path of the Beam. Here, in the borderlands that lie between Mid-World and End-World, Roland and his friends are approached by a frightened band of representatives from the nearby town of Calla Bryn Sturgis. In less than a month, the Calla will be attacked by the Wolves--those masked riders that gallop out of Thunderclap once a generation to steal the town's children. The Calla folken need the kind of help that only gunslingers can give, and if the tet agrees to help, the town's priest--Father Callahan, once of 'Salem's Lot, Maine--promises to give them Black Thirteen, the most potent and treacherous of Maerlyn's magic balls. He used it to enter Mid-World, and now it sleeps fitfully beneath the floorboards of his church. Meanwhile, in the New York of 1977, the Sombra Corporation plots to destroy the lot at Second Avenue and Forty-Sixth Street. How can Roland and his friends both save the rose and fight the Wolves? Only by using the magic of Black Thirteen, but how can anyone trust this sinister and treacherous object which is, in actuality, the eye of the Crimson King himself? Time is running out on all levels of the Tower, but unless our ka-tet can defeat the minions of Thunderclap both in our world and in Mid-World, they will never reach that great lynchpin of the time/space continuum which, even now, begins to totter...

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (Jun 2004)

Susannah, now pregnant, has yet another taking control of her. The demon-mother, Mia, uses Susannah and Black Thirteen to transport to New York City of 1999. Jake, Oy, and Pere Callahan must rescue Susannah while Eddie and Roland transport to the Maine of 1977. A vacant lot in New York is the prize that must be saved and ties these together.

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (Sep 2004)

At the outset of the final installment of our saga, Roland’s ka-tet is scattered across several different wheres and whens. Susannah Dean (still in the clutches of the demon Mia) is in End-World’s Fedic Dogan: a chamber of horrors where magic and technology can be merged and where a monstrous half-human child can be brought forth into the world. Eddie Dean and Roland Deschain are in Maine, 1977, searching for the site of otherworldly walk-in activity, and a possible doorway back to Mid-World. Jake Chambers, Father Callahan, and the bumbler Oy are battling vampires and low men in New York’s Dixie Pig Restaurant, circa 1999, a place where long pig is definitely on the menu. As soon as our tet reunites, they must journey to the headquarters of Thunderclap’s Wolves in order to discover exactly why the Crimson King’s minions have been culling the brains of young children for twin-telepathy enzymes. The answer is more horrible than they realized, and bears directly upon Roland’s quest to reach the Dark Tower.

The Dark Tower VIII: The Wind Through the Keyhole (Feb 2012)

We join Roland and his ka-tet as a ferocious storm halts their progress along the Path of the Beam. As they shelter from the screaming wind and snapping trees, Roland tells them not just one strange tale, but two--and in doing so sheds fascinating light on his own troubled past. In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to a ranch to investigate a recent slaughter. Here Roland discovers a bloody churn of bootprints, clawed animal tracks and terrible carnage--evidence that the 'skin-man', a shape-shifter, is at work. There is only one surviving witness: a brave but terrified boy called Bill Streeter. Although it's the 8th book in the series, King refers to Wind Through the Keyhole as "Dark Tower 4.5" since that's where the story takes place chronologically.

The Dead Zone (Aug 1979)

Johnny Smith is injured in an accident and enters a coma for nearly five years. When he emerges, he can see horrifying secrets but cannot identify all the details in his "dead zone", an area of his brain that suffered permanent damage as the result of his accident. The Dead Zone is one of King's personal favorites of his own novels.

The Eyes of the Dragon (Feb 1987)

Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Delain, King Roland is murdered and his son and heir, Peter, is framed for the crime. Peter and his loyal friends must battle an evil wizard and Peter's usurper brother, Thomas, for the throne. Imprisoned in a tower, Peter conceives an escape plan that will take him years to execute before taking on Flagg, the powerful sorcerer who has masterminded this coup.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (Apr 1999)

Nine-year-old Trisha McFarland strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days, wandering farther and farther astray, Trisha has only her portable radio for comfort. A huge fan of Tom Gordon, a Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, she listens to baseball games and fantasizes that her hero will save her. Nature isn't her only adversary, though - something dangerous may be tracking Trisha through the dark woods.

The Green Mile (Mar 1996)

The story of death row supervisor Paul Edgecombe's encounter with John Coffey, an unusual inmate who displays inexplicable healing and empathetic abilities. The serial novel was originally released in six volumes before being republished as a single volume work.

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.

The Regulators (Sep 1996)

The story takes place in the fictional town of Wentworth, Ohio, a typical suburban community. On Poplar Street, an autistic boy named Seth has gained the power to control reality through the help of a being known as Tak. Soon, Poplar Street begins to change shape, transforming from a quiet suburb into a wild west caricature based on what Seth has seen on his television. Meanwhile, the other residents of the street are being attacked by the many beings that Seth's imagination is creating, due to Tak's control over them. These residents are forced to work together to stop Seth and Tak from completely transforming the world around them and stop Tak before he kills anyone else. The Regulators was published at the same time as its mirror novel, Desperation.

The Running Man (May 1982)

The Running Man is set in a dystopian United States during the year 2025, in which the nation's economy is in ruins and world violence is rising. The story follows protagonist Ben Richards as he participates in the game show The Running Man in which contestants, allowed to go anywhere in the world, are chased by "Hunters" employed to kill them.

The Shining (Jan 1977)

The Shining centers on the life of Jack Torrance, an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. His family accompanies him on this job, including his young son Danny, who possesses "the shining," an array of psychic abilities that allow Danny to see the horrific past of the hotel. Soon, after a winter storm leaves them snowbound, the supernatural forces inhabiting the hotel influence Jack's sanity, leaving his wife and son in incredible danger. The Shining (and many of its details, like the abandoned hotel, a bartender named Grady, and a creepy bathtub) were inspired by a real life vacation Stephen & Tabitha King spent at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado the night before it closed for the winter. Fun fact: the book was originally called "The Shine", a nod to John Lennon's song "Instant Karma."

The Stand (Sep 1978)

A deadly virus called "Captain Trips", engineered as an advanced biological weapon by the government, is accidentally spread across America, causing 99.4% of the entire world's population to die. The 0.6% who survive struggle to find their bearings in the aftermath of the plague. They all dream about two opposing figures: Randall Flagg, the Dark Man, and Mother Abagail, who is receiving visions from God. The survivors split into two factions, one led by Flagg, and one led by Mother Abigail, and prepare for the final stand between good and evil.

The Talisman (Nov 1984)

This book charts the adventure of a twelve-year-old boy named Jack Sawyer. The adolescent hero sets out from Arcadia Beach, New Hampshire in a bid to save his mother, who is dying from cancer, by finding a crystal called "the Talisman."

The Tommyknockers (Nov 1987)

The residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods. (Not an SK connection, but worth mentioning: Peter Straub and his book The Floating Dragon get a shout out in Chapter 10.)

Thinner (Nov 1984)

Billy Halleck commits vehicular homicide when his lack of attention to driving results in the death of an old lady on the street. Overweight Halleck is a lawyer with connections, though, and gets off with a slap on the wrist. After his trial, a gypsy curses him with a single word, "Thinner." Halleck begins to lose weight uncontrollably and must pursue the band of gypsies who are responsible for his dwindling condition.

Under the Dome (Nov 2009)

Set in and around a small Maine town, Under the Dome tells an intricate, multi-character and point-of-view story of how the town's inhabitants contend with the calamity of being suddenly cut off from the outside world by an impassable, invisible barrier that literally drops out of a clear blue sky.

1958 Plymouth Fury (first appeared in Christine)

Stephen King's got a thing for Plymouths - understandably, since his first car was a baby blue '56 Plymouth. But he's especially into a certain red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury. Although the details are not always explicitly stated, it's probably safe to assume that any Plymouth spotted in a King novel is Christine lurking about. (Interestingly, a Plymouth Fury first showed up in The Stand, published 5 years before Christine. Foreshadowing?)

Abagail Freemantle (first appeared in The Stand)

"Mother Abagail" serves as the pinnacle of good (in contrast to Flagg's representation of evil) in the aftermath of the plague.

Ace Merrill (first appeared in Different Seasons)

John "Ace" Merrill is the primary antagonist in The Body.

Alan Freed (first appeared in Nightmares & Dreamscapes)

The fictional Freed is an evil version of the actual Freed, who in the story enthusiastically announces the names of deceased rock 'n' roll legends in You Know They Got a Hell of a Band as part of an upcoming concert to perform.

Alan Pangborn (first appeared in The Dark Half)

Alan Pangborn was the sheriff of Castle Rock from 1981-1991. His wife Annie and son Todd were killed in a car crash. He's a gifted (albeit amateur) magician who falls in love with and marries Polly Chalmers.

Alice Maxwell (first appeared in The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger)

Alice, nicknamed "Allie", is the proprietor and bartender of the bar, Sheb's, in the town of Tull. While her age is not specifically stated it is assumed that she is in her late forties due to her mentioning pre-menopause. Roland Deschain meets her while in pursuit of the Man in Black in The Gunslinger. She is described as being beautiful, but she has a major scar where her left eye is. In exchange for information about the Man in Black and Nort, Roland agrees to sleep with her. She was given a letter by the Man in Black, telling her to say the word "Nineteen" to Nort in order to learn about death. She eventually succumbs to the temptation knowing that the knowledge will drive her mad. She asks Roland to put her out of her misery, which he does, knowing that Sheb McCurdy (who was holding a knife to her throat during Sylvia Pittston's attack) would probably kill her anyway.

Andy Dufresne (first appeared in Different Seasons)

Arnette, TX (first appeared in The Stand)

Stu Redman, one of the central characters of the stand, was born and raised in Arnette.

Ben Mears (first appeared in Salem's Lot)

Beverly Marsh (first appeared in It)

Beverly Marsh is one of the members in The Losers' Club. She was in love with Bill Denbrough in 1958 and she fell in love with Ben Hanscom in 1985 after they defeated It for the final time.

Bill Denbrough (first appeared in It)

Blaze (first appeared in Blaze)

Bobby Garfield (first appeared in Hearts in Atlantis)

Bool (first appeared in Lisey's Story)

Bubble Reputation (first appeared in Desperation)

Stephen King seems to be a fan of Shakespeare's "As You Like It," or at least the poem "All the world's a stage." Several of his creative characters struggle with the idea of a bubble reputation - the idea of seeking fame for something that is actually not notable, or honorable. It's first found in Desperation, as Johnny Marinville reflects on the pointlessness of his quest for fame.

Can-Toi (first appeared in Desperation)

The Can-Toi are first mentioned by Collie Entragien in relation to Tak.

Captain Trips (first appeared in Night Shift)

Captain Trips, a killer virus, first appeared in the short story "Night Surf" - but it's better known as the devastating disease in The Stand which kills 99% of the world's population. Fun fact: the name comes from Jerry Garcia's nickname, because The Grateful Dead's extensive tours across America served for King as an analogy for the way the Captain Trips virus travelled across America.

Carrie White (first appeared in Carrie)

Carrie is a telekinetic, shy outcast who gets revenge on everyone at her high school.

Castle Rock, ME (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

Castle Rock first appears in the Dead Zone, although the book mostly takes place nearby in Cleaves Mills.

Charlie the Choo-Choo (first appeared in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands)

A book purchased by Jake Chambers at the Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind. In Roland's world, the author of Charlie the Choo-Choo is Claudia y Inez Bachman. This name holds special significance. It has 19 letters, a special number in The Dark Tower Series. Also, Claudia y Inez Bachman is the wife of Stephen King's pseudonym, Richard Bachman.

Chip McCausland (first appeared in The Tommyknockers)

Co-Op City (first appeared in The Running Man)

Cujo (first appeared in Cujo)

Cujo was a massive St Bernard dog, owned by the Camber Family. Cujo was once a friendly and playful companion, but when he got rabies he went insane and was turned into a killer that attacked anybody who came near.

Cynthia Smith (first appeared in Rose Madder)

In Rose Madder, Cynthia Smith spent some time in the Daughters and Sisters shelter after running away from her boyfriend, Richard Judkins, who nearly tore off her ear while high on crystal-meth.

Dark Score Lake (first appeared in Gerald's Game)

Jessie's childhood vacation home - where she is assaulted by her father - is on Dark Score Lake.

Dennis and Thomas (first appeared in The Eyes of the Dragon)

Derry, ME (first appeared in It)

Although it was first mentioned in The Body and The Running Man, It was really the first Derry novel (and the first time that the underlying evil of Derry was revealed). Stephen King has said that Derry is his portrayal of Bangor, although the 1958 version of Derry in It is more closely modeled after Stratford, CT where King spent most of his childhood.

Dick Halloran (first appeared in The Shining)

Richard "Dick" Halloran was a chef in the Derry Army's E Company and later a chef at the Overlook Hotel. Dick had the Shining ability and was an expert chef. He drove a Plymouth Fury. Halloran's name is an allusion to the Halloran House in the Shirley Jackson novel "The Sundial", which was one of King's inspirations for The Shining.

Dinky Earnshaw (first appeared in Everything's Eventual)

The main character of the titular story of this collection. When Dinky says "eventual" it probably doesn't mean what you think it means.

Don Hagarty (first appeared in It)

Don Hagarty is a young homosexual man in Derry and the life partner of Adrian Mellon. He sees Pennywise murdering Adrian under a bridge (after he's been attacked by some homophobic teenagers) and tries to tell the police but nothing comes of it. Don leaves Derry after Adrian's funeral and the trial against his attackers.

Dorrance Marstellar (first appeared in Insomnia)

Ed Deepneau (first appeared in Insomnia)

Edward Deepneau was the husband of Helen Deepneau, the father of Natalie Deepneau, and the distant cousin of Aaron Deepneau; he was also a neighbor of Ralph Roberts, and a research chemist at Hawking Industries. In 1993, he came under the control of the Crimson King after Atropos cut his thread, turning him into a "wild card." He later died attempting to crash a prop-plane into the Derry Civic Centre in order to kill Susan Day; Roberts intervened, however, to save the life of Patrick Danville, a child in attendance.

Eddie Kaspbrak (first appeared in It)

Ernie Calvert (first appeared in Under the Dome)

Ernest Calvert was the son of Lucien Calvert, the father-in-law of Joanie Calvert, and the grandfather of Norrie Calvert. He is the former manager of the Food City supermarket, and a resident of Chester's Mill, Maine.

Evelyn Chalmers (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

Evelyn ("Evvie") Chalmers is widely known as the oldest person living in Castle Rock. She's also Polly Chalmers' aunt.

Father Callahan (first appeared in Salem's Lot)

Floyd Calderwood (first appeared in It)

Appears briefly in a flashback as a 1905 lumberjack with a shady past.

Frank Dodd (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

Frank Dodd is (spoiler alert) discovered to be the Castle Rock Strangler, thanks to Johnny Smith.

Gage Creed (first appeared in Pet Sematary)

The main character's son, who is killed and then brought back to life in the burial ground.

George Bannerman (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

George Bannerman was the sheriff of Castle Rock from 1972-1980, when he was killed by Cujo. In The Dead Zone, he works with Johnny Smith to track down the Castle Rock Strangler.

Greg Stillson (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

Haven, ME (first appeared in The Tommyknockers)

Haven has been described as "a longtime refuge for people that are afflicted with a remarkable range of supernatural powers." People with supernatural abilities have migrated to Haven for generations because it mutes their powers, allowing them to lead normal lives.

Helen Robichaud (first appeared in Everything's Eventual)

Helen (known as "Mama Sweet") is mentioned in the short story "The Man in the Black Suit." She's the oldest woman living in Motton, Maine and is the reason the narrator's mother stopped going to church.

Hemingford Home, NE (first appeared in The Stand)

Jack Sawyer (first appeared in The Talisman)

Jack Torrance (first appeared in The Shining)

Jake Chambers (first appeared in The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger)

Jake Epping (first appeared in 11/22/63)

Jerusalem's Lot, ME (first appeared in Salem's Lot)

Johnny Smith (first appeared in The Dead Zone)

Joyland (first appeared in Joyland)

Lisbon Falls, ME (first appeared in 11/22/63)

A town in Maine which is home to the gypsum mill where "Sparky" Landon works in Lisey's Story. Fun fact: this is where Stephen King went to high school.

Low Men (first appeared in Hearts in Atlantis)

Lud (first appeared in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands)

Mac McCutcheon (first appeared in Cycle of the Werewolf)

Maturin (first appeared in It)

Maturin is one of the guardians of the Beam that support the Dark Tower. The Turtle is said to have vomited out our Universe when it had a stomach ache (and IT thought that Maturin died after this). He bears a resemblance to the World Turtle of Hindu myth. He also has a grandfather-like voice and is shown to be kind and loving.

Micmac Indians (first appeared in Pet Sematary)

The pet cemetery is on burial ground which used to belong to the Micmac Indians. Obviously, most run-ins with the Micmac Indians do not end well for people.

Mike Enslin (first appeared in Everything's Eventual)

Mike is the main character of 1408.

Mike Hanlon (first appeared in It)

Mike Noonan (first appeared in Bag of Bones)

Miss Petrie (first appeared in The Long Walk)

Miss Petrie is first mentioned in The Long Walk, as the softhearted district spellmaster. We never learn her first name.

Monkey's Paw (first appeared in Pet Sematary)

Pet Sematary was based on the 1902 WW Jacobs story "The Monkey's Paw." In a very meta moment, Louis Creed thinks of the story when he hears an ominous knocking on his front door. (King also uses a quote from the story as a lead in to one of the chapters in the book.)

Mordred Deschain (first appeared in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah)

Mordred Deschain, a were-spider, is the son of Roland Deschain (White Father), the Crimson King (Red Father), Susannah Dean (Black Mother), and Mia (White Mother). Mordred is based upon the Arthurian Legend of Mordred le Fay, an illegitimate son of King Arthur who ultimately murdered his father and was himself killed in the process.

Norbert Keene (first appeared in It)

Mr. Norbert Keene was the owner and operator of the Center Street Drug Store for fifty years from 1925 to 1975.

Norm Irving (first appeared in Revival)

Invites Jamie to join his band, the Chrome Roses, in high school.

Norris Ridgewick (first appeared in The Dark Half)

November 22, 1963 (first appeared in 11/22/63)

Long before he wrote 11/22/63, King was referencing the date of JFK's assassination.

Overlook Hotel (first appeared in The Shining)

Patrick Danville (first appeared in Insomnia)

Patrick Danville (b. 1989) was the son of Sonia Danville. When he was a child, he dreamed of Roland Deschain and the Crimson King; in October of 1993, he drew a prophetic picture of Roland and the King at the Dark Tower. On October 8th, 1993, he attended a Susan Day rally with his mother at the Derry Civic Centre; due to the efforts of Ralph Roberts, he and his mother survived Ed Deepneau's attempt to crash a plane into the building.

Paul Sheldon (first appeared in Misery)

Paul Sheldon is the main character of "Misery". He is the author of the Misery Chastain novel series.

Pennywise (first appeared in It)

Ralph Roberts (first appeared in Insomnia)

Ralph is a 70 year old man who lives in Derry and suffers from insomnia after the death of his wife Carolyn.

Randall Flagg (first appeared in The Stand)

Flagg first appeared in The Stand as a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He has a variety of names, usually initialed "R.F." but with occasional exceptions, such as Walter o'Dim (originally envisioned by King as a separate character) in The Dark Tower series. Flagg is described as "an accomplished sorcerer and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark", with supernatural abilities involving necromancy, prophecy, and influence over animal and human behavior. His goals typically center on bringing down civilizations through destruction and conflict. Stephen King was heavily influenced by Charles Starkweather (the teenager responsible for the murder spree in the 1950s that inspired Natural Born Killers), and has implied that Randall Flagg was modeled after him. It's also revealed in The Stand that Flagg and Starkweather went to high school together.

Ray Garraty (first appeared in The Long Walk)

The only competitor in The Long Walk from Maine.

Richie "The Hammer" Ginelli (first appeared in Thinner)

An underground mobster who helps Billy find the gypsies and convince them to remove his curse.

Roland Deschain (first appeared in The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger)

Rose Daniels (first appeared in Rose Madder)

Sara Laughs (first appeared in Bag of Bones)

Sara Laughs is a vacation home on Dark Score Lake. It appears to be an alternate reality version of Cara Laughs, a vacation home in the key world of the Dark Tower.

Shardik (first appeared in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands)

Shardik is one of the twelve guardians of the Beam that hold up the Dark Tower. It is a cyborg bear that stands over forty feet tall and has a contraption affixed to its head resembling a satellite dish (known as a thinking cap by Roland). King probably named him after a 1974 fantasy novel about a hunter who pursues a giant bear he presumes to have the power of God.

Shawshank Prison (first appeared in Different Seasons)

Shawshank is a fictional Maine prison that pops up in a number of Stephen King books and short stories. It's most well known as the location where Andy Dufresne meets a prisoner named Red who changes his life, in Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

Sidewinder, CO (first appeared in The Shining)

Ullman tells Jack that the closest town to the Overlook Hotel is Sidewinder, forty miles east.

Skipper Brannigan (first appeared in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass)

Skipper is mentioned as being one of Henry Dean's friends.

Sully John (first appeared in Hearts in Atlantis)

Sylvia Pittston (first appeared in The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger)

In Tull, Sylvia was impregnated by the Man in Black and was led to believe that her unborn child was that of the Crimson King himself. Roland performed an abortion on the demon-child (though the precise details of the act are left somewhat to the imagination, but it is implied Roland presses his gun into her vaginal tract) and Pittston, out of vengeance, provoked the entire population of the town to attack Roland in an attempt to kill him in The Battle of Tull. She was shot to death in the resulting battle.

Ted Brautigan (first appeared in Hearts in Atlantis)

Ted Brautigan is a "Breaker", a powerful psychic who first appears in the story "Low Men in Yellow Coats". Ted is in hiding from the "low men", servants of the Crimson King.

The Crimson King (first appeared in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower)

The Little Sisters of Eluria (first appeared in Everything's Eventual)

Nurse Roland back to health (maybe) in the story "The Little Sisters of Eluria."

The Regulators (first appeared in The Regulators)

The Shop (first appeared in Firestarter)

The Shop is responsible for the Lot Six experiments, which gave Charlie McGee her powers.

The Territories (first appeared in The Talisman)

The Territories are a strange fantasy land which is set in a universe parallel to that of Jack Sawyer's America.

Tommyknockers (first appeared in The Tommyknockers)

Trashcan Man (first appeared in The Stand)

Yellow Smiley Face (first appeared in The Stand)

A yellow smiley face seems to pop up in a lot of places where bad things happen. It's most visible as a plot element in Mr Mercedes, where it's the literal calling card of the killer, but it first appears in The Stand on a button pinned to Randall Flagg's jacket.

The Little Sisters of Eluria in The Green Mile

In Little Sisters of Eluria, Jenna (the only sister that is good) uses insects to heal her patients. And John Coffey (the only prisoner that is innocent) can heal too, and when he does it, some insects appear. Maybe he knows the secrets of the Little Sisters.

The Territories in The Green Mile

When Paul and the gang are bringing John Coffey back to the prison after healing Melinda, Paul is surprised to see that John hasn't made a break for it and says he thought he would have lit out for the Territories (a reference to the parallel universe of Jack Sawyer).

Randall Flagg in The Talisman

A reference to one of Flagg's pseudonyms, Walter O'Dim?

Blaze in The Talisman

Lily Cavanaugh was in a movie called Blaze.

Lisbon Falls, ME in Different Seasons

Some Shawshank escapees were recaptured in Lisbon Falls.

Mike Enslin in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Weird but true: this seems like a pretty clear reference to Mike's compulsion in the hotel room in 1408. “Although he was not ordinarily a fussy man, he circled the room, setting them straight. ”

Bill Denbrough in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

A helpful robot in the Dark Tower has the same nickname as Bill.

Paul Sheldon in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Ed Deepneau in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Nancy Deepneau tells Roland that she had an Uncle Ed, but it is not the same one that Stephen King wrote about in Insomnia. Roland believes that King named the antagonist, Ed Deepneau, to get their attention.

Carrie White in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Bobby Garfield in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

When Ted first sees Jake, he mistakes him for Bobby Garfield - evidence for the theory that Jake and Bobby are twinners.

Randall Flagg in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

One of Randall's aliases is Walter O'Dim; here we learn he's gone by yet another related name.

Greg Stillson in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Sara Laughs in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Cara Laughs is Stephen King's vacation home (an echo of Mike Noonan's home in Bag of Bones: Sara Laughs).

November 22, 1963 in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Susannah finds multiple doors through universes, including one to the JFK assassination on 11/22/63.

Alan Freed in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Susannah sees an interesting poster when she's exploring with Nigel after the birth of Mordred. Alan Freed's habit of reciting dead people is reminiscent of Susannah's uncontrollable compulsion to do the same.

The Little Sisters of Eluria in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Can-Toi in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Pennywise in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Sully John in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Chip McCausland in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Chip and Stephen King both walk (and get hit by cars) on the same road.

Rose Daniels in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

In Stephen King's journal, he describes an idea he had for a novel. It appears to be referring to Rose Madder, where Rose does actually buy a picture in a pawnshop and discovers she can step into it.

Jack Torrance in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

After Eddie and Roland leave, Stephen King finds himself thinking about The Dark Tower - and some of his other works.

Floyd Calderwood in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Mac McCutcheon in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Shawshank Prison in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Tenuous, but this feels like a Shawshank reference. It is sadly never explained.

Carrie White in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

When Eddie and Roland ask John Cullum about 'Salem's Lot, he tells them a little more about its author.

November 22, 1963 in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Ben Mears in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Callahan mentions Mears as he recounts his tale.

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Father Callahan in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Boom. Callahan is back.

Pennywise in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Bryan Smith is a fan of the IT miniseries, and tells Stephen King so.

Lud in Rose Madder

Abagail Freemantle in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Jake finds a note in Kansas that mentions Mother Abagail (as well as the dark man).

Dennis and Thomas in The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

Richie "The Hammer" Ginelli in The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

Rico Balazar is involved with a thug named Ginelli.

Bool in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Flagg yells bool at Jonas after performing some sleight of hand.

Sylvia Pittston in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Coral remembers Sylvia's visit to Hambry years ago.

The Regulators in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

The Crimson King in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Graffiti on the Turnpike references the Crimson King.

Randall Flagg in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Graffiti on the turnpike references lots of familiar enemies (the Walkin Dude is one of Randall Flagg's aliases).

Gage Creed in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

One of the streets in Topeka seems to be named after a certain little boy...

Captain Trips in The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass

Roland and the gang come across evidence that they have entered the version of the world which was destroyed by Captain Trips in The Stand.

Skipper Brannigan in Everything's Eventual

Skipper is the main antagonist against Dinky in the titular story.

Randall Flagg in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Flagg introduces himself with a typical RF alias, after Roland has known him as Walter O'Dim and Marten Broadclock at various points in his life.

Ed Deepneau in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Aaron Deepneau, a cousin of Ed's, is a major player in the quest for the Dark Tower.

The Territories in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Calvin Tower mentions The Territories (as in, Brooklyn?) while he's negotiating with Jake for the Charlie the Choo-Choo book.

Maturin in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Roland recalls his memory of the twelve guardians of the beam, including a poem we've heard before, in It.

Yellow Smiley Face in Mr Mercedes

The Mercedes Killer's signature (which he leaves in the car, in his notes, etc) is a yellow smiley face sticker.

Yellow Smiley Face in The Regulators

Peter Jackson wears a t-shirt with Mr. Smiley-Smile on it while talking with Cary Ripton.

Yellow Smiley Face in Desperation

Peter's sister Dierdre puts a smiley face sticker on everything, including the bag of weed that gets Peter and Mary arrested.

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in Revival

De Vermis Mysteriis ("The Mysteries of the Worm") is first mentioned the short story Jerusalem's Lot.

Dorrance Marstellar in Revival

Monkey's Paw in Everything's Eventual

Helen Robichaud in Revival

Pretty sure Duane is a relative of Helen's.

Bool in Everything's Eventual

Helen Robichaud in Under the Dome

Nora Robichaud is one of the victims of the dome - and perhaps a relative of Helen Robichaud?

Castle Rock, ME in Everything's Eventual

The narrator references a story from nearby Castle Rock (and also mentions having written for the Castle Rock Call for 20 years, so maybe he ended up moving there later in life.) Pretty sure this reference inspired the novella "1922" in the later collection Full Dark No Stars.

Roland Deschain in Duma Key

Edgar insists on painting alone even though it seems dangerous and jokingly likens himself to a certain lone wolf.

The Crimson King in Duma Key

The antagonist in Duma Key, although female, appears in a red robe and is probably in league with (if not an incarnation of) the Crimson King.

1958 Plymouth Fury in Revival

A stretch, but Georgia's first car sounds pretty damn close to Christine.

Monkey's Paw in Revival

Hugh describes a nightmare to Jamie, who recognizes it from the story The Monkey's Paw - which inspired Pet Sematary.

Tommyknockers in Desperation

Billingsley tells David that the cause of the cave-in at the China Pit is rumored to have been caused by Tommyknockers.

Paul Sheldon in Desperation

It is revealed that Ellen Carver is a fan of Paul Sheldon's Misery series.

Bubble Reputation in Duma Key

Wireman introduces Edgar to the idea of the bubble reputation, which Edgar repeatedly assures us he's not interested in.

Eddie Kaspbrak in Misery

It's subtly revealed that Paul used to live across the street from the Kaspbraks (which, in turn, reveals that Paul grew up in Derry).

Alan Pangborn in Needful Things

First instance of many of Sheriff Alan Pangborn in the book.

Cynthia Smith in The Regulators

Cynthia Smith in Desperation

Ace Merrill in Skeleton Crew

Ace Merrill in The Tommyknockers

John Merrill - Ace's grandfather? great uncle? - is mentioned in the description of Ruth McCausland.

Ace Merrill in Needful Things

The Little Sisters of Eluria in Black House

Sidewinder, CO in Misery

Takes place in Sidewinder.

Randall Flagg in The Eyes of the Dragon

Flagg makes an appearance in The Eyes of the Dragon as an evil wizard attempting to plunge the fictional medieval city of Delain into chaos.

Trashcan Man in Under the Dome

Can-Toi in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Can-Toi in The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla

Callahan describes the can-toi (or as he calls them, low men, to Roland and the others).

Can-Toi in From a Buick 8

The Buick transports objects to todash darkness. It is implied to be the car of a low man.

Can-Toi in Hearts in Atlantis

The short story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" in the collection Hearts in Atlantis involves Ted Brautigan running from Can-Toi attempting to recapture him.

Dinky Earnshaw in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

If there was any doubt that the surname-less Dinky in The Dark Tower is our guy, he makes suspicious use of the word eventual.

Ted Brautigan in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Ted Stevens Brautigan was a Breaker with telepathic powers. He was a Facilitator which boosted the powers of all nearby telepaths. He was considered the most valuable Breaker because he was the only Facilitator the low men had ever recruited.

The Crimson King in Black House

The Crimson King in Insomnia

When Ed McGovern goes crazy, he says something (unintelligible, mostly) to Ralph about The Crimson King.

The Shop in Four Past Midnight

The Shop in Skeleton Crew

The Shop was involved in the Arrowhead Project, which resulted in the supernatural disaster in The Mist.

Derry, ME in Dreamcatcher

The main characters are from Derry.

Derry, ME in Bag of Bones

Mike and Joanna live in Derry.

Jake Epping in The Tommyknockers

A bit of a stretch (maybe - it doesn't seem like Stephen King does anything by accident), but there's a minor character called Henry Amberson in The Tommyknockers who is one of the casualties of the changes in Haven, when his pacemaker explodes. He might be a reference to Jake's alias in 11/22/63, George Amberson. Perhaps the real George Amberson grew up in Haven with Henry?

Johnny Smith in The Tommyknockers

Derry, ME in The Tommyknockers

Derry is mentioned and visited several times throughout the book, as it neighbors the town of Haven.

Norm Irving in Skeleton Crew

Richard mentions his son's band, which has a lead guitarist named Norm. Seems like a stretch, but maybe...?

Derry, ME in Everything's Eventual

Howard Cottrell, the narrator, is from Derry.

Jack Sawyer in The Tommyknockers

When Jim Gardener comes to on the rocks of the Arcadia resort, he meets young Jack who mentions that his mother was crazy and died in a car crash.

Co-Op City in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Eddie helps Jake get back to Roland.

Roland Deschain in Rose Madder

Mention of Dearborn Avenue (Roland went by Will Dearborn in Wizard and Glass).

Father Callahan in Roadwork

Phil Drake, the man who was once a priest but is no longer one bears a striking resemblance to Callahan. He makes a point of not wanting to be called "Father", he's an ex-alcoholic, he has an oddly scarred hand, etc.

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in Pet Sematary

Rachel drives by a sign for 'Salem's Lot on her way to Ludlow.

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in Night Shift

The short story "One for the road" is a prequel to the events in the novel Salem's Lot.

Randall Flagg in Mr Mercedes

Brady Hartsfield uses a smiley face as his trademark, just like Flagg.

Overlook Hotel in Misery

Annie mentions the Overlook Hotel when she's talking to Paul about Pomeroy.

Pennywise in The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands

Eddie and Susannah come across a damaged young man in Lud and note that he reminds them of, respectively, Ronald McDonald and Clarabell the Clown. In IT, George sees Pennywise in the drain and thinks that he looks like a cross between Bozo and Clarabell. King notes that if George had been alive a year later, he probably would have been more likely to relate him to Ronald McDonald.

Gage Creed in Insomnia

Gage's shoe is discovered in Atropos' lair.

Mike Hanlon in Insomnia

Mike Hanlon works at the library and, among other things, directs Ralph Roberts to books on the subject of insomnia.

Randall Flagg in Hearts in Atlantis

A man with the initials RF was the leader of a student protest group that set off a campus bomb and killed people. Randall Flagg was known to go by other names, usually with the initials RF.

Shardik in The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The bear at the end that Trisha faces is the bear known as Shardik from the Dark Tower. Throughout the entire story, Trish follows a stream, the way of the land, and a road. It's said that everything follows the beams, and Trisha followed the bear beam by following the land while she was lost. When she encounters the bear, it is covered with bugs and maggots just like Shardik. She pretends to throw a pitch at the bear, which results in "batteries" falling out of him (which hints that the bear is robotic just like Shardik).

Roland Deschain in Everything's Eventual

The man who saves Mike in 1408 is named Dearborn. In Mejis, Roland was known as Will Dearborn.

Patrick Danville in Duma Key

A subtle connection, but both Edgar and Elizabeth have the ability to remove things from reality by painting and erasing them - the same as Patrick Danville in the Dark Tower.

Jake Chambers in Doctor Sleep

Dan Torrance is talking to John Dalton on their drive through Iowa and is talking about the different aspects of the shining. Dan says the phrase "There are other worlds than these." Jake Chambers says the same phrase in The Gunslinger before falling to his death.

Roland Deschain in Different Seasons

"There will be water if God wills it" is a phrase used often by Roland throughout the Dark Tower series.

Randall Flagg in The Dead Zone

Sarah lives on Flagg Street, which is where Johnny later gets picked up by the cab which changes his life forever.

Roland Deschain in Christine

The man that sells Christine to Arnie is named Roland D. LeBay.

Charlie the Choo-Choo in Cell

Tom points out a children's ride called Charlie the Choo-Choo at the Northern Counties Expo.

Carrie White in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Pretty sure this is a reference to Carrie.

Jake Chambers in Hearts in Atlantis

Bobby Garfield is probably Jake Chambers' twinner.

Alice Maxwell in Cell

Alice Maxwell is a twinner for Alice from the Dark Tower. This becomes immediately clear when Alice in Cell is struck in the face with a cinder block; Alice in the Dark Tower has a mysterious scar over her left eye in the same spot.

Father Callahan in The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah

Father Callahan plays a large part in this book, but the strangest moment is when he and some of the other characters find a copy of Salem's Lot in the Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind (the Stephen King book where Callahan first appeared).

Cujo in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

The movie Cujo is brought up by character Bryan Smith, who mentions the title to the Stephen King character as they wait for an ambulance to arrive. Their conversation may also suggest a minor connection to Jake, who died in the book (The Gunslinger) but also somehow lived.

Patrick Danville in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

Nancy gifts Roland Insomnia, by Stephen King, and warns him that Patrick Danville may have an impact on his quest.

Ralph Roberts in Bag of Bones

Ralph gives Mike Noonan the advice to go on vacation, which leads Mike to his destiny at Sara Laughs on Dark Score Lake.

Pennywise in The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower

In Dandelo's final moments, he bears a striking resemblance to a certain psychotic clown.

Pennywise in Dreamcatcher

When Mr. Gray takes Jonesy to Standpipe Hill in Derry to deliver his deadly infection into the water supply, the alien is incensed to find that the Standpipe no longer exists - it was destroyed in the great flood of 1985. A statue commemorates those lost in the storm.

Pennywise in The Tommyknockers

When Tommy Jacklin travels to Derry, he has a vision of a clown in the sewers.

Frank Dodd in Cujo

Frank Dodd's ghost is invoked as a warning (and possibly a haunting spirit?) in Castle Rock.

Captain Trips in The Stand

Captain Trips is the name of the virus that takes out 99% of the world's population in The Stand.

Cujo in Skeleton Crew

The narrator mentions how the local folk of Castle Rock are still talking about how Joe Camber was killed by his own dog.

Joyland in Revival

Charlie tells Jamie that he once worked at Joyland and describes a very familiar scene.

1958 Plymouth Fury in Mr Mercedes

Christine is mentioned as a fictional story.

Pennywise in Mr Mercedes

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in Doctor Sleep

Hemingford Home, NE in Full Dark, No Stars

"1922" is set in Hemingford Home.

Ernie Calvert in Under the Dome

Ernie Calvert is one of the townspeople in Chester's Mill on Dome Day.

Shawshank Prison in Under the Dome

Junior worries about ending up in Shawshank several times throughout the book.

Derry, ME in Under the Dome

Derry is mentioned several times throughout the book.

Norris Ridgewick in Lisey's Story

Lisey tries to get in touch with Sheriff Ridgewick after an obsessed fan shows up at her house.

Mike Noonan in Lisey's Story

Lisey's sister reads a Mike Noonan audio book.

Randall Flagg in Cell

The graphic novel Clay sells at the beginning of the novel is entitled The Dark Wanderer, and the main antagonist, the Raggedy Man, wears a red hoodie from Harvard, a reference to the Crimson King.

Bill Denbrough in Bag of Bones

Jo is a fan of Bill Denbrough's novels.

Alan Pangborn in Bag of Bones

Mike asks Sheriff Ridgewick whatever happened to Alan Pangborn, the last sheriff of Castle Rock.

Shawshank Prison in Bag of Bones

George Randolph Footman, the former Castle County deputy sheriff who shot and killed Mattie Devore, now resides in Shawshank Prison.

Micmac Indians in Cell

Micmac Indians in Bag of Bones

Brenda Meserve says that the Micmac Indians still haunt the land around Dark Score Lake.

Derry, ME in Insomnia

Takes place in Derry.

Cujo in The Dark Half

Alan reflects on the death of George Bannerman at the hands of Cujo.

Castle Rock, ME in The Dark Half

Takes place in Castle Rock.

Evelyn Chalmers in Four Past Midnight

Alan Pangborn in Four Past Midnight

Shawshank Prison in Four Past Midnight

Haven, ME in The Colorado Kid

Takes place in Haven.

Lisbon Falls, ME in Lisey's Story

Lisey and her sisters grew up in Lisbon Falls.

Derry, ME in Lisey's Story

Derry Home, the hospital in Derry, and Arcadia Mental Health, the mental hospital in Derry, are both mentioned in Lisey's Story.

Dark Score Lake in Lisey's Story

Lisey buys cigarettes at a gas station; the proprietor is wearing a Dark Score Lake t-shirt.

Dark Score Lake in Bag of Bones

Mike Noonan's vacation home (Sara Laughs) is on Dark Score Lake.

Dark Score Lake in Dolores Claiborne

Dolores has a psychic connection with Jessie; they both have life-changing events occur during the eclipse over Dark Score Lake.

Castle Rock, ME in Needful Things

Takes place in Castle Rock.

Derry, ME in Four Past Midnight

"Secret Window, Secret Garden" takes place in Derry.

Dick Halloran in It

Dick is mentioned as an Army cook and member of the African-American army nightclub in Derry called "The Black Spot", which was burned down by the Legion of White Decency (the Maine equivalent of the Ku Klux Klan) in 1930. Dick's Shining allowed him to save the lives of several other clubgoers, including Mike Hanlon's father. He is also notable for being one of the only sane adults able to see It in one of its varying forms.

Shawshank Prison in It

Steve Dubay gets sent to Shawshank for the murder of Adrian Mellon.

1958 Plymouth Fury in It

Butch Bowers drove a '58 Plymouth Fury, and Henry Bowers has an unfortunate run-in with that same car...

Hemingford Home, NE in It

The adult Ben Hanscom ends up here.

Derry, ME in Skeleton Crew

Derry is mentioned in both "Uncle Otto's Truck" and "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut".

Cujo in Pet Sematary

Derry, ME in Pet Sematary

Andy Dufresne in Different Seasons

Andy Dufresne (first mentioned in "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption," in the same book) is mentioned as having done accounting work for Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander in “Apt Pupil."

Derry, ME in Different Seasons

Chris mentions Derry when the boys are discussing how the body could have ended up where it did.

Derry, ME in The Running Man

At one point in his journey (around when he breaks the survival record), Richards makes his way to an airport in Derry.

George Bannerman in Different Seasons

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in Different Seasons

Chris mentions Salem's Lot as a stupid sounding town name to defend the one Gordie invents (Gretna).

Castle Rock, ME in Different Seasons

"The Body" takes place in Castle Rock.

Castle Rock, ME in Cujo

Cujo takes place in Castle Rock.

1958 Plymouth Fury in Firestarter

Al Steinowitz drives a Plymouth. His happens to be light green, but there are two more Plymouths in the book (a Plymouth Arrow of unknown color and a gray Plymouth of unknown model).

Jerusalem's Lot, ME in The Dead Zone

Johnny Smith mentions Salem's Lot as a town near Cumberland, where his mother has been taken to the hospital.

Evelyn Chalmers in Different Seasons

Evvie breaks up the fight between Ace and Gordon in "The Body."

George Bannerman in Cujo

George, the Castle Rock sheriff, fights (and loses to) Cujo.

George Bannerman in The Dark Half

Alan Pangborn reminisces about his predecessor while considering a new murder victim he discovers in Castle Rock.

Carrie White in The Dead Zone

Patty accuses Johnny Smith of setting Cathy's restaurant on fire, and mentions the book Carrie.

Ray Garraty in Bag of Bones

A character named Raymond (Ray) Garraty appears in Mike Noonan's novel My Childhood Friend.

Miss Petrie in Gerald's Game

Jessie hears a voice in her head that she calls Miss Petrie, after her second grade teacher.

1958 Plymouth Fury in The Stand

Stu Redman and Tom Cullen find an abandoned Plymouth with the initials "AC" engraved on the keychain.

Arnette, TX in 11/22/63

The DCHS football team plays (and defeats) the Arnette Bears.

Randall Flagg in Night Shift

It has been theorized (and seems likely) that Randall Flagg was "He Who Walks Behind the Rows" from Children of the Corn. The hint comes in a sobriquet that includes all of the letters, in order, of the name Walter: "he Who wALks behind ThE Rows".

Hemingford Home, NE in Night Shift

Hemingford Home is the setting of the short story "The Last Rung on the Ladder".

1958 Plymouth Fury in The Shining

Dick Hallorann drives a Plymouth. Ok, so it's maybe not Christine, but close enough.

Beverly Marsh in 11/22/63

Jake runs into Bev and Richie Tozier dancing in a picnic area in Derry in 1958. They mention the clown, talk about Dorsey Corcoran and Tugga Dunning, and even ask Jake about the Turtle. Jake helps Bev learn the Lindy and thinks about her often after their encounter (specifically, her feeling that the worst was over in Derry).

Lisbon Falls, ME in 11/22/63

The portal Jake travels to opens up in Lisbon Falls on Tuesday, September 9, 1958.

1958 Plymouth Fury in 11/22/63

Jake spots a red and white Plymouth Fury (mid-or-late fifties, ha!) in the parking lot when he arrives in Lisbon Falls in 1958. This is just the first of 11 times Jake sees this car (ultimately, it becomes clear that the car is playing a much larger part in his time traveling coincidences than he originally thought).

Shawshank Prison in 11/22/63

Jake tells Al that Harry Dunning's father died in Shawshank. The prison is mentioned twice more in the book, as Jake worries about ending up there in the past.

Don Hagarty in 11/22/63

Sadie dances with Don at the Sadie Hawkins dance. Don's referenced a couple more times throughout the book as well. (Curiously, throughout 11/22/63, Don's last name is spelled with two G's.)

Ernie Calvert in 11/22/63

Ernie Calvert writes the article (in 1963) about Sadie's near-miss when attacked by her husband with a knife.

Norbert Keene in 11/22/63

Jake meets Norbert Keene when he gets to Derry. He shows up a number of times throughout the book, particularly with Jake reminiscing about Keene winking at him in the drugstore.

Main character is a writer

Main character has a dead spouse

Domestic violence

Someone is called "Sunny Jim"

Someone has The Shining

Excessive use of the word "insouciant"

"Space Cowboy"

The power of religion over vulnerable people

Main character is hit by a car and almost killed

Roses as a force of good

The number 19


June 19, 1999

Laughter used to defeat evil

Evidence that reality is thin

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