Description

Everything's Eventual was originally titled One Headlight (And at one stage rumoured to be called Road Kill).

Bev Vincent reported the following about King's selection of the order of the stories in the book:

King said: "What I did was take all the spades out of a deck of cards plus a joker. Ace to King = 1-13. Joker = 14. I shuffled the cards and dealt them. The order in which they came out became the order of the stories, based on their position in the list my publisher sent me. And it actually created a very nice balance between the literary stories and the all-out screamers. Next collection: selected by Tarot."

Published

2002

Dedication

This is for Shane Leonard

Story List




1408

Description

Mike Enslin, a writer who once studied with James Smiley, dreamed of being a Yale Younger Poet, and "starved on the payroll of The Village Voice," is reduced to hacking out stuff like "10 Nights in 10 Haunted Houses." For a follow-up, he visits room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel in the hope of gaining more information for his new book - 10 Nights in 10 haunted Hotel rooms".

Five women and one man have jumped from that room's window onto 61st street below, one hung himself, another slit his wrists, and 4 overdosed with pills. A total of twelve suicides in 68 years, along with at least 30 "Natural" deaths holds this apart from any ordinary hotel room. The last time it was occupied was in 1978, and since then it has been the motel's only unoccupied and un-upgraded room.

There is a presence in there, not exactly a ghost, but a strangeness. Even digital watches, mobile phones and pagers don't work properly. Even the human mind does not work properly in Room 1408.

Lucky for Mike, he has remembered his lucky Hawaiian shirt - it's the one with the ghost repellent, and an unlit cigarette is tucked behind his ear.

Published

1999 - Blood and Smoke (Audio)
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, MarcellThe concierge on days. Olan sent him out to buy Mike's books
Dalhmer, JeffreySerial killer. Mike Enslin slept next to his grave
Dearborn, ?Brother of Rufus. Went on an Australian holiday with his brother
Dearborn, RufusSewing Machine salesman in room 1414 that saved the life of Mike Enslin when he came out of room 1408 on fire
Dickens, CharlesAuthor mentioned in passing
Elkin, StanleyHe was on a panel with Mike Enslin
Enslin, ?Mike''s ex-wife who he has stayed friends with. She gave him the mini-corder 5 years ago
Enslin, DonaldBrother of Mike. Died of lung cancer 9 years ago
Enslin, Michael (Mike)Writer of true ghost stories. His books have included 10 nights in 10 haunted houses, 10 nights in 10 haunted graveyards, and 10 nights in 10 haunted castles. He does not actually believe in Ghosts, but wants to stay in room 1408 of the Hotel Dolphin to help with another book he is writing on haunted hotel rooms. He only managed to stay in the room 70 minutes and slowly looses grip on reality, and sets himself on fire
Farrell, SamLiterary agent of Mike Enslin
Harvey, LawrenceActor mentioned in passing
Hyde, RandolphSlit his wrists, then cut off his genitals and bled to death in room 1408
Irons, JeremyActor mentioned in passing
Johnson, AndrewVice president of Abraham Lincoln
Johnson, Lyndon BainesVice president of John Kennedy
Karloff, BorisMentioned
Kennedy, John FUSA President
Lincoln, AbrahamUSA President
Lovecraft, H PAuthor who''s grave Mike spent a night by
Marley, JacobGhost who speaks in A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
Neale, MrWas the head maintenance man of the Hotel Dolphin until he died of a cerebral haemorrhage a day after entering room 1408
Nixon, RichardUSA President. Mentioned
O''Malley, KevinHe is supposed to haunt room 1408. A sewing machine salesman and father of 7 children. The first occupant of room 1408 and the room''s first victim, dying on October 13th, 1910. He jumped out the window
OedipusMentioned by Mike Enslin in the context of saying into his mini-corder, ''Oedipus on the Orpheum Circuit.'' (Blood and Smoke Only)
Olan, MrThe manager of the Hotel Dolphin. Arrived at the hotel in 1979. He explains about the room 1408 to Mike Enslin
OrpheusMentioned by Mike Enslin in the context of saying into his mini-corder, ''Orpheus on the Orpheum Circuit.'' (Everything''s Eventual Only)
Proust, MarcelWriter. Mike thought that Olan probably read him on his nights off
Rillsby, ?5 members of Eugene''s family. Were all killed by the axe murderer
Rillsby, EugeneHis family was killed by an axe murderer in Kansas that was never caught. His house was in one of Mike Enslin''s books. His headless ghost was supposed to haunt his house
Robertson, MrMike Enslin''s lawyer that got him permission to stay in room 1408
Romindau, CelesteTwin sister of Veronique. Left the Hotel Dolphin in 1988 with ill mental and physical health. Died of a heart attack. French
Romindau, VeroniqueTwin sister of Celeste. They joined the Hotel Dolphin in about 1971 or 1972. She is the head housekeeper. French
Scrooge, EbenezerSpoken to by Jacob Marley
Smiley, JamesStudied with Mike Enslin
Smythe, ?First wife of David Smythe. She was drowned in a tub by David
Smythe, ?Second wife of David Smythe. She was drowned in a tub by David
Smythe, DavidDrowned both his wives in a tub
Storkin, HenryHanged himself in the closet of room 1408 in 1970
Tepish, VladAlso known as Vlad the Impailer. From Transylvania. Mike stayed in his castle one night
Van Gelder, RommieMaid who went blind while in room 1408 while dusting the top of the TV. She said she could see horrible colours. Her sight was restored when she left the room



All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

Description

Alfie Zimmer is a Gourmet Foods salesman who contemplates suicide, but the thought of what people might think of, and do with, his large collection of Graffiti notes that he keeps in a book cause him to make a decision.

He sees the lights of a nearby farmhouse, and decides that if he sees them again before he counts to sixty he will live and finally publish his book on graffiti, but if not, he will choose death.

Published

2001, 29 Jan - The New Yorker
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, ElvisMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Black, ClintCountry singer heard singing ''Nothing but the Tail Lights'' on the radio
Bundy, TedMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Clinton, Bill (The President)Newspapers speculated that he had a mole on his penis
Cummings, E EPoet mentioned in passing
Evers, MedgarMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Gore, AlbertMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Jones, GeorgeSinger mentioned in passing
Keller, HellenMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Loveless, PattySinger mentioned in passing
Morrison, JimMentioned in a piece of graffiti that was collected by Alfred Zimmer
Potter, HarryCarlene Zimmer liked the Harry Potter series of books
Pullman, PhilipAuthor of ''The Golden Compass''
RamboPet of the Zimmer family
Zimmer, Alfred (Alfie)Gourmet foods salesman who contemplated suicide at a Motel in Lincoln, Nebraska. Father of Carlene Zimmer and husband of Maura Zimmer. He was a real fan of graffiti that he saw while on the road, and was thinking of writing a book containing some of them
Zimmer, CarleneDaughter of Maura and Alfred Zimmer. A fan of the Harry Potter series of books and played junior varsity basketball. In 7th grade
Zimmer, MauraWife of Alfie Zimmer and mother of Carlene Zimmer
Zimmer, MrsMother of Alfie Zimmer



Autopsy Room 4

Description

Howard Cottrell is out playing a game of golf, and then he wakes up in a dark place. He cant move, yet he can hear strange sounds... Sounds of people talking. And that smell seems strangely familiar. Almost like Rubber...

Soon it dawns on him that he is inside a body bag, and the doctor is about to perform an autopsy on him, AND HE CANT MOVE!

Published

1997 - Six Stories
1997 - Robert Bloch's Psycho's
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, PeterHelper in the morgue. Partner of Katie Arlen. Katie let him do the preparation for the autopsy on Howard Cottrell, but stopped him from doing the incision when she noticed the scars in Howard''s groin
?, RustyOne of the men who brought Howard Cottrell into the Autopsy Room. Partner of Mike Hopper
Arlen, KatieDoctor who was to do the autopsy on Howard Cottrell in Autopsy Room Four. She decided to allow Peter to do the autopsy while she watched, but stopped him when she noticed unusual scars. She had Howard''s penis in her hand when they realised that he was not dead, just totally immobilised. She dated Howard for a while, but broke off when they discovered he was impotent unless she was wearing rubber gloves
Bennet, TonySinger mentioned in passing
Bolton, MichaelHoward Cottrell looked a bit like this singer
Cotton, JosephIn an Alfred Hitchcock movie. He was paralyzed in a car crash and was finally able to let them know he was still alive by crying a single tear
Cottrell, Howard RandolphThe man who was supposed to be dead, but was simply paralised by a snake bite received while looking for his ball while playing golf. He heard and felt them prepare him for autopsy. After he recovered he dated Katie Arlen for a while, but broke off when they discovered he was impotent unless she was wearing rubber gloves
GodMentioned in passing
Goldthwait, BobcatComedian mentioned
Hitchcock, AlfredAuthor mentioned
Hopper, MikeOne of the men who brought Howard Cottrell into the Autopsy Room. Partner of Rusty
Jagger, MickRolling Stones singer
Jennings, Dr FrankOld doctor who found Howard Cottrell on the golf course and pronounced him dead at the scene
JesusMentioned in passing
Johnson, LyndonFormer President
Kazalian, DrDoctor mentioned by Katie Arlen
Kerr, WalterOwner of a house filled with snakes. He worked at the Derry Community Bank, but has gone missing and is probably dead from one of the snakes in his collection. It was one of his snakes that was thought to have inflicted the bite on Howard Cottrell
Klugman, JackActor who played Quincy in the TV show ''Quincy M.D.''
NoahBiblical character mentioned
Richards, KeithMember of the Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones, TheBand mentioned in passing
RustyKatie Arlen''s dog
Sledge, PercySinger mentioned in passing
Stuart, MartySinger mentioned in passing
White, SnowHoward Cottrell thought of himself as Snow White with hair on his chest while he was unable to move
Winfrey, OprahTV show host



The Death of Jack Hamilton

Description

Jack Hamilton is shot by the Police after previously escaping from th FBI in 1934. A month later, while Hamilton is lying injured, Homer Van Meter brings five horseflies into Hamilton's room in an attempt to entertain the dying man. He is soon joined by John Dillinger who walks in on his hands. Rather than being amusing, the stunt turns wrong and his gun falls to the floor, discharging and injuring him. All was in vain as Jack Hamilton dies soon after.

Published

2002 - Everything's Eventual
2004, Dec 24/31 - The New Yorker

People

NameDescription
Barker, DockSon of Ma Barker, and part of the Barker Gang. Rumoured to have a large penis
Barker, MaMother of Dock and part of the Barker Gang. Moved to Florida after a kidnapping went wrong
Bremer, ?The target of the Barker gang kidnapping that went wrong
Clark, BoobieHe was a ''famous fag'' that served time in Michigan City
Claudy, HenryThe warden at Michigan City. He said "I-God" before many things
Crabbe, BusterMentioned in passing
Daggs, Buster (maybe Buster Draggs)A member of the Barker gang. He said Dr Moran had been arrested
Davis, VolneyMember of Ma Barker''s gang. Sent to prison for 3 years for theft of a pair of shoes
Dillinger, John HerbertServed time at Pendleton Reformatory. Shot himself in the lip, leaving a scar. Shot in the back by the FBI in Chicago and died of his wounds
Dillinger, MrFather of John Dillinger
Fields, W CBuster Francis looked a bit like him
Ford, HenryJohn Dillinger said that he liked the speed of his Ford cars
Francis, BusterSon of Roy and Deelie Francis. Nicknamed ''master piglet'' due to his weight
Francis, DeelieWife of Roy and mother of Buster Francis
Francis, RoyHusband of Deelie and father of Buster Francis
Hamilton, JackPart of the Dillinger gang who was shot escaping from the Little Bohemia shoot-out. Died of his wounds the following month and was buried in a gravel pit
Hamilton, MrsMother of Jack Hamilton
JesusMentioned in passing
Kennedy, John FMentioned in passing
Makley, CharlieJack Hamilton knew him
McClure, MickeyEmployee of Murphy''s
McLaughlin, John JArrested by the FBI in connection with the Bremer kidnapping
Mooney, BrianWorked at Murphy''s in Chicago. Rented John Dillinger a room
Moran, JosephDoctor who was arrested by the FBI in connection with the Bremer kidnapping
Nelson, LesterA member of the Dillinger Gang. Escaped when he shot some government agents
O''Shea, TimmyNephew of Joseph Moran
Pierpont, HarryHead of the Pierpont Gang. He was electrocuted at Ohio State
Purvis, MelvinFBI agent in charge of finding John Dillinger
RabbitsGirlfriend of Volney, who removed the bullet from Jack Hamilton''s lung
Van Meter, HomerA member of the Dillinger gang that spoke about the death of Jack Hamilton, and the accidental shooting of John Dillinger. Served time at Michigan City and Pendleton Reformatory



Everything's Eventual

Description

Everything's Eventual, the title story of the collection was published in the game F13.

Dink Earnshaw has a special gift that allows him to use only symbols and personal words to make others kill themselves. From dogs, to bully's, it works on everyone. Being a social outcast, he is a loner, but decides to take a mysterious man's offer up.

Killing evil people for a living.

Everything he wants is supplied for free, from food to clothes, and he has $70 each week to do what he wants with, but there are rules. No money to be hoarded away, and no contact with friends of his past. It seems easy at first, but then he discovers that he has murdered over 200 people - and he starts to suspect that some of them may actually be innocent...

Published

1997, Oct/Nov - Fantasy & Science Fiction
1999 - F13, Interactive Stephen King CD ROM
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, HelenHelen was rumoured to have answered the phone offering sex, and thought she was talking to her boyfriend, but it was really her father that had rung
?, MabelAunt of Dink Earnshaw. Lived in the country
?, PugGrew up with, and worked with Dink Earnshaw at the Supr Savr in Harkerville. 5''4", 110 Pounds, and he used to say that things were ''eventual''
Brannigan, Charles (Skipper)Worked with Dink Earnshaw at the Supr Savr store and picked on Dink & others. He committed suicide because of one of Dink''s letters sent to him, and he ran his car off the road. 23 Years old, tall with blond wavy hair
Brannigan, DebbieSister of Skipper. Used in Dink Earnshaw''s letter to Skipper that caused him to kill himself
Bukowski, MrSon of Mrs Bukowski, and the local police chief in Harkerville
Bukowski, MrsOwner of a dog that Dink Earnshaw killed with his symbols. Lived on Dugway Ave, near the Earnshaws
Cassiday, JohnFriend of Dink Earnshaw from the Supr Savr. Played Bass in a punk band
Clapton, EricSinger mentioned in passing
Cobain, KurtSinger that committed suicide. Liked by John Cassiday
Counting CrowsBand listened to by Dink Earnshaw on the Learjet
Earnshaw, MrFather of Richard Earnshaw. He left before Richard was about 4
Earnshaw, MrsMother of Dink Earnshaw. She has a bad leg. Lives in Harkerville
Earnshaw, Richard Ellery (Dink)A 19 year old high school dropout with a bad complexion, that has a rare ability to use symbols and personal words to make others kill themselves. He joins Transcorp in the hope that his power will be used to kill evil people, and make the world a better place. He begins to suspect that the people he kills are not all that evil
Eastwood, ClintActor that was in Coogan''s Bluff, a movie which was on when Mr Sharpton called Dink Earnshaw for the first time
Faulkner, WilliamWriter mentioned in passing
Hamil, PeteWorked with Andrew Neff at the New York Post. He was quoted in an interview after Neff''s death
Hauer, RutgerActor mentioned in passing
Jacubois, MrComputer teacher of Dink Earnshaw at school
Johnson, LyndonUS President during Vietnam
Kennedy, John FPresident that was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, but one of the Transcorp''s employee''s knows that Oswald was innocent
Kidman, NicoleDink Earnshaw asked for a signed picture of Nicole. He got one personalised to him
King ArthurMentioned by Mr Sharpton
Mouse, MickeyCartoon character
Mozart, Wolfgang AmadeusComposer mentioned in passing
MuffinA pet, possibly a cat, of a person in Columbus that Dink Earnshaw used his symbols on
Neff, Andrew62 year old New York Post employee that wrote the column "eneff is Eneff". He was targeted by Dink Earnshaw. He committed suicide by taking a pill overdose, slashing his wrists, and then putting a plastic bag over his head
Newton, WayneMentioned in passing
Oswald, Lee HarveySupposedly killed John F Kennedy, but one of the Transcorp''s employee''s knows that he was innocent
Peter PanCartoon character
Piccaso, PabloPainter
Police, TheBand mentioned in passing
Pope, TheDied of a heart attack
Rembrandt, ?Dink Earnshaw asked for one of his paintings in his house. He got a reproduction in a frame
Ross, BetsyMentioned in passing
Seagal, StevenActor mentioned in passing
Sharpton, MrThe initial contact and controller of Dink Earnshaw from Transcorp
Shermerhorn, MrMailman that saw Mrs Bukowski''s dog kill itself
Sinatra, FrankSinger mentioned in passing
Smith, LizWorked with Andrew Neff as a Post chatter columnist
Stroud, DonActor that was in Coogan''s Bluff, a movie on when Mr Sharpton called Dink Earnshaw for the first time
Tevitch, AnnProfessor and clinical biologist at the University of New Mexico in Las Cruces. She was working on AIDS cures. Committed suicide after Dink Earnshaw used his symbols on her. She had Vanity plates on her car that said "DNA FAN". 37 year old and blond
Tevitch, SimonEither a father, son or husband of Ann
Unger, MrsWife of William. Died of cancer in 1996
Unger, William (Billy)From Stovington, Vermont, he was targeted by Dink Earnshaw''s symbols. Fought in Korea, was the undersecretary of defence during the Kennedy Administration, and became an anti-war supporter during Vietnam. Won a Silver and Bronze Star. He owned a 1957 Thunderbird. Jumped off his roof during the night
Van Dame, Jean-ClaudeActor mentioned in passing
Washington, GeorgeMentioned in passing
WeezerBand liked by Dink Earnshaw. He asked for their CD
Wentworth, DrDink Earnshaw''s doctor at the Transcorp''s training area in Preoria. Bald and wore Rimless glasses
Wilcoxen, MrsComputer teacher of Dink Earnshaw at school
Willis, BruceActor mentioned in passing
Winfrey, OprahTV Talkshow host



In the Deathroom

Description

In a bloodstained basement of the Ministry of Information Fletcher, a reporter with the New York Times is questioned by Escobar and his assistants - Ramon and the Bride of Frankenstein. He asks them for a last cigarette and understands that he might be dead before it burned down to the filter.

There is a chance that he could get out of this nasty mess, but the guard behind him, with a loaded gun, makes it difficult, especially without a weapon. But he DOES have a weapon, a cigarette... A Cigarette with a hot tip, and an inviting eye close enough to reach.

Fletcher manages to shot all of his captors except Heinz. Heinz gets connected to the electric shock machine used in his torture. Fletcher escapes and returns to New York.

Published

1999 - Blood and Smoke (Audio)
2000 - Secret Windows (Minor revisions)
2002 - Everything's Eventual (Minor revisions)

People

NameDescription
?, HeinzHe used an electric device to torture people for Escobar. He killed Tomas Herera, and the electric device was eventually used to kill him. Thin almost bald, wore glasses and had blue eyes
?, RamonThe guard in the Deathroom with Fletcher. He had a cigarette stuck in his eye by Fletcher, then was shot
Arcuzzi, CarloOwner of a news stand on 43rd street where Fletcher bought some cigarettes after he escaped
Bride of Frankenstein, TheNickname that was used for the 60-65 year old woman that helped interrogate Fletcher. She was shot by Fletcher
Duke, PattyActress in "The Miracle Worker"
Escobar, MrOne of the people interrogating Fletcher. A fat Mexican who was eventually shot by Fletcher. He was the Minister of Information and sometimes presented the weather on TV in English
Fletcher, MissSister of Mr Fletcher. A nun who was killed by government troops in 1994, and her brother was investigating her murder
Fletcher, MrHe worked for the New York times and was stationed in Spain. He was a contact of Pedro Nunez and Thomasf1~Herera who were planning a revolution in the country. He was captured and interrogated in the Ministry of Information by Escobar and 2 others. He fights the interrogation, then escapes, killing most of his captors in the process before returning to New York
Hansons, TheBand mentioned in passing
Herera, ?Daughter of Tomas Herera
Herera, MrsWife of Tomas Herera
Herera, TomasContact of Fletcher who was suppose to be given information and then passed it on to Nunez. He was killed by Heinz
Himmler, ?Mentioned in passing
Lanchester, ElsaActress in Bride in Frankenstein
Nunez, Pedro (El Condor)Communist revolutionary leader seeking to overthrow the government of the Central American country where Fletcher was working. He had attended NYU
ZorroCharacter mentioned by Escobar



L.T.'s Theory of Pets

Description

Lulu DeWitt bought Frank, a dog, for her husband L.T DeWitt. A year later L.T bought a cat named Lucy for Lulu. The animals only took an interest in the person that bought them, so the dog became Lulu's and the cat became L.T.'s.

L.T. tells the story of the time he came home and found that Lulu had taken her dog and had moved to her mothers house. She never made it, and the car was found deserted and the dog dead nearby. Her body was never found.

Published

1997 - Six Stories
1998 - The Best of The Best (18 New Stories by America's Leading Authors) Note: This also contains a story by Tabitha King, and she mentions Stephen King in her short story ;-)
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, HollySister of Roslyn. Divorced, and came to dinner and heard the story of L.T.''s wife leaving
?, RoslynSister of Holly. Her husband was the one who told the story of LT''s storytelling, but we never find out his name
DeWitt, Cynthia Lulubelle (Lulu)Wife of L.T. who disappeared after she left her husband, and no remains of her were ever found. Married name of Cynthia Simms
DeWitt, L.THe told the story of his theory of pets while at work. Husband of Lulu. He bought a cat for his wife, but it became his cat, and the dog that she had bought for him remained her dog. While many people thought he may have been the one that killed his wife, no proof was ever found, and he was never charged
FrankJack Russell terrier bought by Lulu DeWitt her husband L.T, but the dog became fond of her rather than L.T. Found dead when Lulu''s car was found
Lucy (Screwlucy)The cat bought by LT DeWitt for his wife Lulu, but Lucy became his cat, and disliked Lulu
Rather, DanMentioned in passing
Simms, Cynthia Lulubelle (Lulu)Maiden name of Lulu DeWitt. Daughter of Mrs DeWitt
Simms, MrsMother of Lulu Simms
Wallace, MikeMentioned in passing



Little Sisters of Eluria

Description

Roland finds himself in a deserted town, or so he thinks at first. Finding a young dead boy, he sees a gold necklace, and takes it to look closer, but is savagely attacked by green mutants before he can look closely.

He is nursed back to health by the Little Sisters of Eluria, but all is not as it seems, as the sisters have strange powers, and a taste for blood!

Published

1998 - Legends: The Book Of Fantasy
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, RalphGreen mutant from Eluria that took the medallion off John Norman, causing him to be attacked by the Little Sisters. He was going to be paid Whiskey and Tobacco in return for touching the medal
Allgood, CuthbertA friend of Roland''s who liked to say that the wheels inside Roland''s head ground slow but exceedingly fine. Now long dead
Andrus, Cortland (Cort)Teacher of Roland. His voice came to Roland in the hospital bed
Arthur of EldMentioned in passing. He lived in the distant past when dreams about dragons still walked the earth
AsmodeusA God that people worship
BaalA God that people worship
De Curry, JamieA friend of Roland''s that once proclaimed that Roland could shoot blindfolded, because he had eyes in his fingers
Delgado, SusanLover of Roland from Mejis. Killed by the actions of Rhea of the Coos
Deschain, GabrielleMentioned in passing - Roland''s mother
Deschain, RolandThe gunslinger that is attacked in the town of Eluria, and saved by The Little Sisters of Eluria
Deschain, StevenFather of Roland and son of Henry the Tall. A Gunslinger
Freeborn, ChasA "Cattle-Theef" that was mentioned in the register in the Eluria''s Sheriff''s office. To be tried
Henry the TallGrandfather of Roland, and Father of Steven Deschain
Jonas, EldredEvil man that was killed by Roland
Little DoctorsThe small bugs that fixed Roland and the other patients while under the care of the Little Sisters
Man in Black, TheAnother name for Walter, the man that Roland followed
Norman, JamesA dead boy about 16 years old that was in the water trough in Eluria. Brother of John Norman and son of Jesse Norman. Killed by the green mutants. Roland took his medallion, and it was this medallion that kept the Little Sisters from killing him
Norman, JesseFather of James and John Norman from Delain
Norman, JohnBrother of James and son of Jesse. He was in the bed next to Roland in the ''hospital'' staffed by the Little Sisters. Killed when Ralph took the medallion off him, and he was attacked by the Little Sisters. Roland said he would take the medal to his father
Norman, MrsMother of James and John, wife of Jesse
Rhea of the CoosEvil witch that plotted the death of Susan Delgado
Sister CoquinaOne of the Little Sisters. Teased Roland by hitting him on the nose with the wooden spoon while he was asleep. She was ''eaten'' by the ''doctor bugs'' when the were set on her by Jenna to help Roland escape
Sister JennaOne of the Little Sisters. She is different from the other Little Sisters, and helps Roland escape. She wears the Dark Bells, and looks about 21 years old
Sister LouiseOne of the Little Sisters. Saved Roland from the Green Mutants while she was out picking herbs
Sister MaryOne of the Little Sisters. She seems to be in charge of the group, but dies when her head is ripped off by the dog that Roland sees in Eluria
Sister MichelaOne of the Little Sisters. Saved Roland from the Green Mutants while she was out picking herbs
Sister TamraOne of the Little Sisters. She claimed to be 21, but Roland saw her as much older. Saved Roland from the Green Mutants while she was out picking herbs
SmasherThe green mutant that gave Roland''s guns to Sister Mary
Toad, MrOne of the green mutants shot dead by Roland
TopsyThe 2 year old Roan horse that Roland rode into Eluria on. Died shortly after entering the town
Vannay, AbelHe was Roland''s Tutor as a child, and had a limp and lead a life of gentle goodness
WalterThe man in black. Roland is following his trail



Luckey Quarter

Description

Darlene Pullen is down on her luck. She is a motel chambermaid who wants to get braces for her daughter and a Sega system for her son. The last straw in her day is finding a tip in her envelope in room 322. The tip is a single quarter, and a note that goes with it: "This is a luckey quarter! It's true! Luckey you!"

She gives the quarter to her son, who then puts in into a slot machine and wins the jackpot.

Published

1995, Jun 30, Jul 2 - USA Weekend
1997 - Six Stories
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
(Croupier)In Darlene's daydream he is running the Roulette table at the Silver City Casino
(Pit Boss)In Darlene''s daydream he has to OK some of the bets made at the Roulette table at the Silver City Casino
(Tall Bald Man)In Darlene''s daydream he had to OK an $800 bet on a single number at the Roulette table at the Silver City Casino
?, GerderSweedish chambermaid at the Ranchers Hotel in Carson City, Nevada
?, JaneHead Housekeeper at the Ranchers Hotel in Carson City, Nevada
?, MelissaChambermaid at the Ranchers Hotel in Carson City, Nevada
Avery, William (Tex)Manager of the Ranchers Hotel in Carson City, Nevada
Harrelson, WoodyActor mentioned in passing
McCausland, DeidrieGirl mentioned by Paul Pullen. Possibly someone he likes?
Pullen, DarleneThe chambermaid that finds the "Luckey Quarter" in room 322 of the Ranchers Hotel in Carson City, Nevada. Wife of Deke and mother of Patsy and Paul
Pullen, DekeHusband of Darlene. Left her 5 years ago
Pullen, PatsyDaughter of Darlene and Deke Pullen, and sister of Paul. 13 year old in need of braces
Pullen, Paul7 year old son of Darlene and Deke Pullen, and brother of Patsy. He wants a Sega game, but is given the "Luckey Quarter" by his mother. He then wins the jackpot on a slot machine. Asthmatic



Lunch at the Gotham Cafe

Description

An unusual tale of a man who's wife leaves him. He is contacted by her therapist and they agree to meet for lunch at the Gotham Cafe. During the lunch, they find, rather gruesomely, that the head waiter needs a therapist a lot more than anyone else in the room!

Published

1995 Dark Love
1997 - Six Stories (Revised)
1999 - Blood and Smoke (Audio)
2002 - Everything's Eventual (Minor revision)

People

NameDescription
?, GuyThe head waiter at the Gotham Cafe that goes nuts and kills a customer. He attacks Steven and Diane Davis, chasing them through the cafe, while uttering a terrifying squeal, and babbling almost incoherently
?, TroyCustomer in the Gotham Cafe when Guy goes nuts
Coslaw, Dee DeeMother of Diane and wife of Ernie
Coslaw, DianeMaiden Name of Diane Davis, and the daughter of Dee Dee and Ernie Coslaw
Coslaw, ErnieFather of Ernie and husband of Diane
Davis, DianeWife of Steven who wants a divorce. A real single minded woman who does not care what happens to Steven - including if he is killed! Married name of Diane Coslaw
Davis, StevenHusband of Diane, and the storyteller
Humboldt, William (Bill)Diane Davis'' therapist, who bleeds real well ;-)
Ring, JohnDivorce lawyer that Steven Davis approaches to take his case



The Man in the Black Suit

Description

This is the story which won the prestigious O. Henry Award, the award for the best magazine-published short story of the year

An old man writes in his diary about the time he saw the devil when fishing in Castle stream, near Castle Rock in the 1920's.

Published

1994, Oct 31 - The New Yorker magazine
1995 - Years Best Horror Stories, 8th Edition
1997 - Six Stories (Revised)
2002 - Everything's Eventual (Revised)

People

NameDescription
?, AlbionFather of Gary and Dan and husband of Loretta
?, DannyBrother of Gary Died in 1913 of a bee sting
?, LorettaMother of Gary and Dan and wife of Albion
?,GaryWrote a series called "Long ago and Far away" for the Castle Rock Call newspaper. Was a teacher before he retired, and tells the story of the time he met the devil when he was a young boy
Candy BillScottie dog of Gary
Eversham, BillOwner of some cows
Hamner, DickyPlace where Gary smoked his first cigarette
Robichaud, Helen (Mama Sweet)Oldest lady in the Methodist Ladies Aid group
The DevilSpoke to Gary when he went fishing on Castle Stream



Riding the Bullet

Description

Originally released as an e-book.

Alan Parker receives a call from his mothers neighbour, who tells him some bad news - his mother has suffered a slight stroke and is in Hospital. Because his car is having problems, he decides to hitch the 100 miles down to see his mother. At first things are relatively OK, but when he gets into a car driven by George Staub things get worse.

George Staub is also the name on a grave that Alan had seen only minutes before, and Staub has Alan make a frightening decision - the life of his mother, or his own life, and he has to make the choice in minutes, or they will both die...

Published

2000 - Published as an eBook
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, AliceHusband of the Elderly Gentleman that gave Alan Parker a ride from Newport. Died about 1996
?, MurielSpoke to Yvonne Ederle at the hospital, and had Anne Corrigan check on Jean Parker
?, RalphBrother of the Elderly Gentleman that gave Alan Parker a ride from Newport
AC/DCBand mentioned in passing
ADC ManFilled out a report that may have helped Jean Parker get extra support worth $50 per month
AdviserStudent adviser of Alan Parker that had to be told by Hector Passmore why Alan was not in class, because of his mothers illness
Cadillac OwnerIn a story by George Staub. Sold a Cadillac for $750 to the Kid, that was near new, and only had 17,000 miles on the clock
Cadillac Owner''s WifeDied in the Cadillac. They were not sure how she died, but she was there for 2 weeks before she was found, and the smell was awful
Carpenter, JohnMovie Director mentioned in passing
Carroll, HattieMentioned in a Bob Dylan song
CasperGhost mentioned in passing
Clinton, BillPresident mentioned in passing
Corrigan, AnneTook Alan Parker to see his mother in the hospital
Crane, IchabodMentioned in passing
Craven, WesMovie Director mentioned in passing
DraculaVampire in book by Bram Stoker
Dylan, BobSinger mentioned in passing
Ederle, YvonneWorked at the hospital where Jean Parker was. Allowed Alan to go and see his mother after visiting hours were over
Elderly GentlemanGave Alan Parker a ride from Newport
FarmerPicked up Alan Parker from the Cemetery on Ridge Road after he had taken a ride with George Staub
Farquahr, DrDoctor called in Hospital intercom to go to Radiology
Father of RalphFather of Ralph and the Elderly Gentleman that gave Alan Parker a ride from Newport
ForeignerBand mentioned in passing
Freud, SigmundMentioned in Passing
Girlfriend of George StaubShe was supposed to go the Thrill Village with George Staub before he died, but she backed out at the last minute
Insurance ManGave Alan Parker a ride to Newport
KidIn a story by George Staub. Bought a Cadillac for $750, that was near new, and only had 17,000 miles on the clock
Led ZepplinBand mentioned in passing
McCurdy, BetsyNeighbour of Jean Parker that called Alan to tell him that his mother had a slight stroke and was in hospital
Normally, DrJean Parker''s doctor
Parker, Alan21 year old who''s mother Jean had a slight stroke. He hitchhiked from the University of Maine to visit her. On the way he met the dead George Staub, and had to choose who was to die - himself or his mother
Parker, JeanMother of Alan. Heavy smoker and big woman. She had a stroke on October 14th, 2000 while working at a restaurant when she was just 48 years old. She died in about 2007
Parker, MrFather of Alan and husband of Jean. Died when Alan was a baby
Passmore, HectorRoommate of Alan Parker at the University of Maine. This was also the name Alan used to George Staub when he was taken for a ride
Passmore, MrFather of Hector. Mentioned to George Staub by Alan Parker
Paxton, TomSinger mentioned in passing
Roommates of Alan Parker2 un-named roommates at the University of Maine
Staub, GeorgeA name in the Cemetery on Ridge Road. Born 19 January 1977, and died 12 October 1998. 2 years and 2 days after his death, he gave Alan Parker a lift from the graveyard, and made him choose between his own life and that of his mother
Stoker, BramAuthor of Dracula
Suess, ?Mentioned in passing
Van Ronk, DaveSinger mentioned in passing
Wife of RalphWife of Ralph



The Road Virus Heads North

Description

The Road Virus Heads North, first appeared in the book 999, and is an interesting short story about a horror writer named Richard Kinnell that calls into a small yard sale and finds an odd painting. After purchasing it he finds that the painting is slowly changing - the car and driver in the painting are driving away from the first position he saw them - driving towards him! The car, named The Road Virus, is slowly travelling north, towards places he has just come from.

Judy Diment, the lady that sold him the painting is brutally murdered, and Kinnell thinks that he may be next, and now he can hear the rumble of glasspack mufflers outside his house.

Published

1999 - 999 an anthology
2002 - Everything's Eventual (Revised)

People

NameDescription
?, TrudyAunt of Richard Kinnell that lived in Wells. He visited her on his trip
Diment, Judy38 Year old neighbour of the Hastings'' family that looked after the yard sale for them after the death of their son Bobby. She was murdered. Mother of Michela
Diment, MichelaDaughter of Judy. A big fan of Richard Kennell, and her mother asker Kinnell for an autograph for her
Graves, DavidNeighbour that found the dead body of Judy Diment
Hastings, Bobby23 Year Old artist that painted "The Road Virus Heads North". He painted 70 or 80 other paintings and burnt them all except one before committing suicide by hanging himself. Son of George and Iris
Hastings, GeorgeFather of Bobby?
Hastings, IrisMother of Bobby
Kinnell, RichardA horror author from Derry that buys a painting at a yard sale, but the painting has a life of it's own, and wants revenge. Wrote "Nightmare City"
Kinnell, SallyEx-wife of Richard that runs an animal shelter in Nashua out of her trailer
Noyes, AlfredPoet mentioned in passing a few times
Simons, BradleyDid a fairly negative review of Nightmare City



That Feeling, You can only say what it is in French

Description

Carol and Bill are on their second honeymoon, after being married for 25 years. Carol keeps having flashes of Deja Vu, and she finally comes to a shocking conclusion. They had been killed during the plane flight and she was now re-living that time over and over again.

Published

1998, Jun 22 & 29 - The New Yorker
2002 - Everything's Eventual

People

NameDescription
?, FloydPilot on the chartered plane that the Shelton''s were on
Annunciata, SisterSister at Our Lady of Angels school where Carol O''Neill went
Denning, FloydRan a snack bar with Bill Shelton in senior year at school
Durmatilla, SisterSister at Our Lady of Angels school where Carol O''Neill went
O''Neill, CarolMaiden name of Carol Shelton
Reagan, ?Name on a letterbox seen by Carol Shelton
Shelton, BillSuccessful computer programmer who goes on a second honeymoon with his wife Carol
Shelton, CarolWife of Bill, and has a feeling that she has been on this trip before. Married name of Carol O''Neill. It eventually dawns on her that they died in the plane crash and she is re-living the last moments of her life, each time a little differently, over and over again
Soucy, ButchThe first boy that ever tongue-kissed Carol O''Neill