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.

Common King themes:

  • The number 19 (After Mr. Jingles' first visit to The Mile, Brutal takes out the visitor's log, and Dean asks what he thinks he's doing. Brutal responds that he is obeying regulation 19.)
  • Someone has The Shining (John Coffey can read minds, heal people, sense dead people, and communicate telepathically.)
  • Main character is a writer (Paul Edgecombe isn't a professional writer, but painstakingly writes his memoirs.)
  • Main character has a dead spouse (Paul laments the sudden death of his wife Janice 40 years earlier.)

The Green Mile has connections to the following books:

Citation needed : The Little Sisters of Eluria

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.

Part Five / Chapter 7 : The Territories

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).

I thought that he would be gone, that he’d spat out the bugs as soon as he saw he was unguarded, and had then just lit out for the Territories.

References will be here!