Firestarter is a science fiction-horror thriller novel by Stephen King, first published in September 1980. In July and August 1980, two excerpts from the novel were published in Omni. In 1981, Firestarter was nominated as Best Novel for the British Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, Balrog Award. In 1984, it was adapted into a film; the book is dedicated to author Shirley Jackson: "In Memory of Shirley Jackson, who never needed to raise her voice." Andy and Charlene "Charlie" McGee are a father/daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as The Shop. During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with "Lot 6", a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD; the drug gave his future wife, Victoria Tomlinson, minor telekinetic abilities and him an auto-hypnotic mind domination ability he refers to as "the push". They both developed telepathic abilities. Andy's and Vicky's powers were physiologically limited; the novel begins in medias res with Charlie and Andy on the run from Shop agents in New York City, the latest in a series of attempts by The Shop to capture Andy and Charlie following a disastrous raid on the McGee family in suburban Ohio.
After years of Shop surveillance, a botched operation to take Charlie leaves her mother dead. He uses his push ability to track the trail of Charlie and The Shop agents, catching up to them at a rest stop on the Interstate, he uses the push to incapacitate The Shop agents, leaving the other comatose. Charlie and Andy flee, begin a life of running and hiding, using assumed identities, they move several times to avoid discovery. Using a combination of the push, Charlie's power, hitchhiking, the pair escapes through Albany, New York and is taken in by a farmer named Irv Manders near the fictional town of Hastings Glen, NY. At Andy's instruction, Charlie unleashes her power, incinerating the entire farm and fending off the agents, killing a few of them. With nowhere else to turn, the pair flees to Vermont and takes refuge in a cabin that had once belonged to Andy's grandfather. With the Manders farm operation disastrously botched, The Shop's director, Captain James "Cap" Hollister, calls in a Shop hitman named John Rainbird to capture the fugitives.
Rainbird, a Cherokee and a Vietnam veteran, is intrigued by Charlie's power and becomes obsessed with her, determined to befriend her and kill her. This time the operation is successful, both Andy and Charlie are taken by The Shop; the pair is separated and imprisoned at The Shop headquarters, located in the fictional Washington, D. C. suburb of Longmont, Virginia. With his spirit broken, Andy becomes an overweight drug addict loses his power, is deemed useless by The Shop. Charlie, defiantly refuses to cooperate with The Shop and does not demonstrate her power for them. Six months pass until a power failure provides a turning point for the two: Andy, sick with fear and self-pity, somehow regains the push - subconsciously pushing himself to overcome his addiction - and Rainbird, masquerading as a simple janitor, befriends Charlie and gains her trust. By pretending to still be powerless and addicted, Andy manages to gain crucial information by pushing his psychiatrist. Under Rainbird's guidance, Charlie begins to demonstrate her power, which has grown to fearsome levels.
After the suicide of his psychiatrist, Andy is able to meet and push Cap, using him to plan his and Charlie's escape from the facility, as well as to communicate with Charlie. Rainbird discovers Andy's plan and decides to use it to his advantage. Andy's plan succeeds, he and Charlie are reunited in a barn for the first time in six months but Rainbird is there, planning to kill them both. A crucial distraction is provided by Cap, losing his mind from a side effect of being pushed. Andy pushes Rainbird into leaping from the upper level of the barn. Rainbird shoots Andy in the neck and fires another shot at Charlie, but she uses her power to melt the bullet in midair, sets Rainbird and Cap on fire. Mortally wounded, Andy instructs Charlie to use her power to escape and to inform the public, to make sure the government cannot do anything like this again, he dies, grief-stricken and furious, Charlie sets the barn on fire. She exits the barn, people start going after her, she uses her pyrokinesis to blow up their getaway vehicles.
People try to flee, some do. Military men are called. Charlie blows up the building, leaving the Longmont facility burning, with all its workers dead; the event is released to the media as a terrorist firebomb attack. The Shop reforms, under new leadership, begins a manhunt for Charlie, who has returned to the Manders farm. After some deliberation, she comes up with a plan and leaves the Manders', just ahead of Shop operatives, heads to New York City, she decides on Rolling Stone magazine as an unbiased, honest media source with no ties to the government, the book ends as she arrives to tell them her story. Firestarter was adapted into a film of the same name in 1984, it was directed by Mark L. Lester and starred Drew Barrymore as Charlie, David Keith as Andy, George C
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, science fiction, fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, television series, comic books. King has published six non-fiction books, he has written 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections. King has received Bram Stoker Awards, World Fantasy Awards, British Fantasy Society Awards. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, he has received awards for his contribution to literature for his entire oeuvre, such as the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In 2015, King was awarded with a National Medal of Arts from the United States National Endowment for the Arts for his contributions to literature, he has been described as the "King of Horror". King was born September 1947, in Portland, Maine, his father, Donald Edwin King, was a merchant seaman.
Donald was born under the surname Pollock, but as an adult, used the surname King. King's mother was Nellie Ruth; when Stephen King was two years old, his father left the family. King's mother raised Stephen and his older brother, David, by herself, sometimes under great financial strain; the family moved to De Pere, Fort Wayne and Stratford, Connecticut. When King was 11, his family returned to Durham, where his mother cared for her parents until their deaths, she became a caregiver in a local residential facility for the mentally challenged. King lost his belief in organized religion while in high school. While no longer religious, King chooses to believe in the existence of God; as a child, King witnessed one of his friends being struck and killed by a train, though he has no memory of the event. His family told him that after leaving home to play with the boy, King returned, speechless and in shock. Only did the family learn of the friend's death; some commentators have suggested that this event may have psychologically inspired some of King's darker works, but King makes no mention of it in his memoir On Writing.
King related in detail his primary inspiration for writing horror fiction in his non-fiction Danse Macabre, in a chapter titled "An Annoying Autobiographical Pause." King compares his uncle's dowsing for water using the bough of an apple branch with the sudden realization of what he wanted to do for a living. That inspiration occurred while browsing through an attic with his elder brother, when King uncovered a paperback version of an H. P. Lovecraft collection of short stories he remembers as The Lurker in the Shadows, that had belonged to his father. King told Barnes & Noble Studios during a 2009 interview, "I knew that I'd found home when I read that book."King attended Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School, in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He displayed an early interest in horror as an avid reader of EC's horror comics, including Tales from the Crypt, he began writing for fun while still in school, contributing articles to Dave's Rag, the newspaper his brother published with a mimeograph machine, began selling to his friends stories based on movies he had seen.
The first of his stories to be independently published was "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber". That story was published the following year in a revised form as "In a Half-World of Terror" in another fanzine, Stories of Suspense, edited by Marv Wolfman; as a teen, King won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award. From 1966, King studied at the University of Maine, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English; that year, his daughter Naomi Rachel was born. He wrote a column, Steve King's Garbage Truck, for the student newspaper, The Maine Campus, participated in a writing workshop organized by Burton Hatlen. King held a variety of jobs to pay for his studies, including janitor, gas pump attendant, worker at an industrial laundry. King met his future wife, fellow student Tabitha Spruce, at the University's Fogler Library after one of Professor Hatlen's workshops. King sold his first professional short story, "The Glass Floor," to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. After graduating from the University of Maine, King earned a certificate to teach high school but, unable to find a teaching post initially supplemented his laboring wage by selling short stories to men's magazines such as Cavalier.
Many of these early stories have been republished in the collection Night Shift. The short story The Raft was published in a men's magazine. After being arrested for driving over a traffic cone, he was fined $250 and had no money to pay the petty larceny fine. However, payment arrived for the short story The Raft, King was able to pay the fine. In 1971, King was hired as a teacher at Hampden Academy in Maine, he worked on ideas for novels. In 1973, King's novel Carrie was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. Carrie was King's fourth novel, it was written on a portable typewriter. The novel began as a short story intended for Cavalier magazine, but King tossed the first three pages of his work in the garbage can. Tabith
Night Shift (short story collection)
Night Shift is the first collection of short stories by Stephen King, first published in 1978. In 1980, Night Shift received the Balrog Award for Best Collection, in 1979 it was nominated as best collection for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. Many of King's most famous short stories were included in this collection; the book was King's fifth published book. Nine of the twenty short stories in the book had first appeared in various issues of Cavalier Magazine from 1970–1975; the stories "Jerusalem's Lot", "Quitters Inc.", "The Last Rung on the Ladder", "The Woman in the Room" appeared for the first time in this collection. Night Shift is the first book; the introduction was written by one of John D. MacDonald. With the publication of Night Shift and the rise in King's popularity as a best-selling author with the success of Brian De Palma's motion picture adaptation of Carrie, student film and theatre makers began to submit requests to King to make adaptations of the stories that appeared in the collection.
King formed a policy he deemed the Dollar Deal, which allowed the students the permission to make an adaptation for the consideration of just $1. In the 1980s, entrepreneurial film producer Milton Subotsky purchased the rights to six of the stories in this collection with the intention to produce feature films and a television anthology based on multiple stories. Although Subotsky was involved with several King adaptations the television series never came to fruition due to conflicts with the networks' Standards and Practices; the following is a list of film, television or theatre adaptations made from the stories collected in Night Shift: Children of the Corn Hal Roach Studios, Inc. directed by Fritz Kiersch Cat's Eye Dino De Laurentiis Productions/MGM/UA directed by Lewis Teague Maximum Overdrive De Laurentiis Entertainment Group directed by Stephen King Graveyard Shift Paramount Pictures directed by Ralph S. Singleton The Lawnmower Man New Line Cinema directed by Brett Leonard The Mangler New Line Cinema directed by Tobe Hooper Sometimes They Come Back Vidmark Entertainment directed by Tom McLoughlin attempted to be adapted into Cat's Eye.
Trucks USA Pictures directed by Chris Thomson Battleground Turner Network Television mini-series Nightmares & Dreamscapes Children of the Corn a Syfy production The Boogeyman directed by Jeff Schiro Disciples of the Crow directed by John Woodward The Woman in the Room directed by Frank Darabont The Last Rung on the Ladder directed by James Cole and Daniel Thron The Lawnmower Man directed by Jim Gonis Night Surf directed by Peter Sullivan Strawberry Spring directed by Doveed Linder I Know What You Need directed by Shawn S. Lealos La Femme dans la chambre directed by Damien Maric The Boogeyman by Graham Rees Stephen King short fiction bibliography Dollar Baby
Carrie is an epistolary horror novel by American author Stephen King. It was his first published novel, released on April 5, 1974, with an approximate first print-run of 30,000 copies. Set in the then-future year of 1979, it revolves around the eponymous Carrie White, an unpopular friendless misfit and bullied high-school girl who uses her newly discovered telekinetic powers to exact revenge on those who torment her. During the process, she causes one of the worst local disasters the town has had. King has commented that he finds the work to be "raw" and "with a surprising power to hurt and horrify." It is one of the most banned books in United States schools. Much of the book uses newspaper clippings, magazine articles and excerpts from books to tell how Carrie destroyed the fictional town of Chamberlain, Maine while exacting revenge on her sadistic classmates and her own mother Margaret. Several adaptations of Carrie have been released, including a 1976 feature film, a 1988 Broadway musical as well as a 2012 off-Broadway revival, a 1999 feature film sequel, a 2002 television film, a 2013 feature film.
The book is dedicated to King's wife Tabitha: "This is for Tabby, who got me into it – and bailed me out of it." Carietta "Carrie" White is a 16-year-old girl from Maine. Her widowed mother, Margaret, a fanatical fundamentalist Christian, has a vindictive and unstable personality, over the years has ruled Carrie harshly with repeated threats of damnation, as well as physical abuse and forced confinement in a closet. Carrie does not fare much better at her school where her frumpy looks and unusual religious beliefs make her a target for ridicule. At the beginning of the novel, Carrie has her first period while showering after a physical education class, her classmates use the event as yet another opportunity to taunt her. When their teacher, Rita Desjardin, happens upon the scene, she at first berates Carrie for her stupidity but is horrified when she realizes Carrie's complete ignorance of the concept of menstruation, she tries to explain. Carrie's mother shows no sympathy for her first encounter with what she calls "the woman's curse" and responds with more physical abuse.
Desjardin, still incensed over the locker room incident and ashamed at her initial disgust with Carrie, wants all the girls who taunted and assaulted Carrie to be suspended and banned from attending the school prom. Instead, the administration punishes the girls by giving them a week's detention, under Desjardin's supervision, she tries unsuccessfully to get her father, a prominent local attorney, to intimidate the school principal, Henry Grayle, into reinstating her privileges, but Grayle holds firm, threatening to file a countersuit against Chris on behalf of Carrie White. Chris, a longtime bully and troublemaker who had received frequent detentions for bullying and other infractions, had been suspended in middle school for putting a lit firecracker in the shoe of a classmate who had a harelip, nearly costing the girl two toes, vows revenge; as Carrie discovers her telekinetic powers, she recalls. She practices her powers in secret, she finds that she has some telepathic ability. Meanwhile, Sue Snell, another popular girl who had earlier teased Carrie, begins to feel remorseful about her participation in the locker-room bullying.
With the prom fast approaching, Sue convinces her boyfriend—Tommy Ross, one of the most popular boys in school—to ask Carrie to the prom. Carrie accepts his offer; when Chris hears of this, she sees an opening for vengeance. She promotes Tommy and Carrie as King and Queen of the Prom gets her boyfriend, Billy Nolan, an older teen from a financially struggling, dysfunctional family, his friends to kill and bleed pigs belonging to a local farmer in his and his hired hand's absence. Billy breaks into the school in the wee hours of the morning, places two buckets of blood from the pigs on a girder directly over the stage, rigs a cord and pulleys to an auditorium window so that pulling the cord will dump the blood on whoever is sitting on the thrones; as he leaves, he realizes. Carrie makes a red velvet gown for the prom, infuriating her mother, who hates the color red and won't hear of her daughter doing anything so "carnal" as attending a school dance, as she believes that sex in any form is sinful—even after marriage.
She reveals that she knows about Carrie's telekinetic power, which she considers to be witchcraft. In their family, she says, the power manifests in alternate generations. Carrie, however, is tired of hearing that everything is a sin: she wants a normal life and sees the prom as a new beginning; the prom goes well for Carrie: Tommy's friends are welcoming, Tommy finds that he is attracted to her. Chris's efforts to rig Carrie's election as prom queen become successful when Tommy, votes for her. Chris is waiting outside with Billy; when Carrie and Tommy take the stage, Chris pulls the cord and dumps the blood onto Carrie's and Tommy's heads. Tommy dies within minutes. Nearly everyone in attendance some of the teachers, laugh at Carrie, pus
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world's largest arts festival, which in 2018 spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 different shows in 317 venues. Established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival, it takes place annually in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the month of August, it is an open access performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, anyone may participate, with any type of performance. The official Fringe Programme categorises shows into sections for theatre, dance, physical theatre, cabaret, children's shows, opera, spoken word and events. Comedy is the largest section, making up over one-third of the programme and the one that in modern times has the highest public profile, due in part to the Edinburgh Comedy Awards; the Festival is supported by the Festival Fringe Society, which publishes the programme, sells tickets to all events from a central physical box office and website, offers year-round advice and support to performers.
The Society's permanent location is at the Fringe Shop on the Royal Mile, in August they manage Fringe Central, a separate collection of spaces in Appleton Tower and other University of Edinburgh buildings, dedicated to providing support for Fringe participants during their time at the festival. The Fringe board of directors is drawn from members of the Festival Fringe Society, who are Fringe participants themselves – performers or administrators. Elections are held once a year, in August, Board members serve a term of four years; the Board appoints the Fringe Chief Executive Shona McCarthy who assumed the role in March 2016. The Chief Executive operates under the chair Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea; the Fringe started life when eight theatre companies turned up uninvited to the inaugural Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. With the International Festival using the city's major venues, these companies took over smaller, alternative venues for their productions. Seven performed in Edinburgh, one undertook a version of the medieval morality play "Everyman" in Dunfermline Abbey, about 20 miles north, across the River Forth in Fife.
These groups aimed to take advantage of the large assembled theatre crowds to showcase their own alternative theatre. Although at the time it was not recognised as such, this was the first Edinburgh Festival Fringe; this meant that two defining features of the future Fringe were established at the beginning – the lack of official invitations to perform and the use of unconventional venues. These groups referred to themselves as the "Festival Adjuncts" and were referred to as the "semi-official" festival, it was not until the following year, 1948, that Robert Kemp, a Scottish playwright and journalist, is credited with coining the title "Fringe" when he wrote during the second Edinburgh International Festival: Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before... I am afraid some of us are not going to be at home during the evenings! The word "fringe" had in fact been used in a review of Everyman in 1947, when a critic remarked it was a shame the show was so far out "on the fringe of the Festival".
In 1950, it was still being referred to in similar terms, with a small'f': On the fringe of the official Festival there are many praiseworthy "extras," including presentations by the Scottish Community Drama Association and Edinburgh University Dramatic Society – Dundee Courier, 24 August 1950 The Fringe did not benefit from any official organisation until 1951, when students of the University of Edinburgh set up a drop-in centre in the YMCA, where cheap food and a bed for the night were made available to participating groups. Late night revues, which would become a feature of Fringes, began to appear in the early 50s; the first one was the New Drama Group's After The Show, a series of sketches taking place after Donald Pleasence's Ebb Tide, in 1952. Among the talent to appear in early Fringe revues were Ned Sherrin in 1955, Ken Loach and Dudley Moore with the Oxford Theatre Group in 1958. Due to many reviewers only being able to attend Fringe events late night after the official festival was finished, the Fringe came to be seen as being about revues.
It was a few years. John Menzies compiled a list of shows under the title "Other Events" in their omnibus festival brochure, but it was printer C. J. Cousland, the first to publish a listings guide, in 1954; this was funded by participating companies and was entitled "Additional Entertainments", since the name "Fringe" was still not yet in regular usage. By that year, the Fringe was attracting around a dozen companies, a meeting was held to discuss creating "a small organisation to act as a brain for the Fringe", or what The Scotsman called an "official unofficial festival". A first attempt was made to provide a central booking service in 1955 by students from the university, although it lost money, blamed on those who had not taken part. Formal organisation progressed with the formation of the Festival Fringe Society; the push for such an organisation was led by director of Oxford Theatre Group. A constitution was drawn up, in which the policy of not vetting or censoring shows was set out, the Society produced the first guide to Fringe shows.
Nineteen companies participated in the Fringe in that year. By that time it provided a "complete... counter-festival programme". Not long after came the first complaints that the Fringe had become too big. Director Gerard Slevin claimed in 1961 that "it would be much better if only ten
The Bogeyman is a mythical creature used by adults to frighten children into good behaviour. The Bogeyman has no specific appearance, conceptions vary drastically by household and culture, but is depicted as a masculine or androgynous monster that punishes children for misbehavior. Bogeymen may target a specific act or general misbehaviour, depending on what purpose needs serving based on a warning from the child's authority figure; the term "Bogeyman" is sometimes used as a non-specific personification or metonym for terror, in some cases, the Devil. The word bogey is believed to be derived from the Middle English bogge / bugge. Theories on its origin include a cognate of the German bögge, böggel-mann, it could be influenced in meaning by Old English -budda used in compounds for "beetle". The word could be linked to many similar words in other Indo-European: bogle, Butzemann, busemann, bøhmand / bussemand, bòcan, púca, pooka or pookha, bwga or bwgan, pixie or piskie, bogu, buka or babay/babayka, bubulis, bobo, bubák, bubák, papão, торбалан, Μπαμπούλας, ბუა), babau, бабай, papu.
A related word, from bug, meaning goblin or scarecrow, bear, was imagined as a demon in the form of a bear that eats small children, was used to mean a general object of dread. The word bugaboo, with a similar pair of meanings, may have arisen as an alteration of bugbear. In Southeast Asia, the term is popularly supposed to refer to Bugis or Buganese pirates, ruthless seafarers of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia's third-largest island; these pirates plagued early English and Dutch trading ships of the British East India Company and Dutch East India Company. It is popularly believed that this resulted in the European sailors bringing their fear of the "bugi men" back to their home countries. However, etymologists disagree with this, because words relating to bogeyman were in common use centuries before European colonization of Southeast Asia. In Luo dialects in Eastern Africa the term'bwogo' means to scare; this correlation is most spurious as Nilotic language roots predate the modern concept of civilization itself.
Bogeyman-like beings are universal, common to the folklore of many countries. In many countries, a bogeyman variant is portrayed as a man with a sack on his back who carries naughty children away; this is true for many Latin countries, such as Brazil, Portugal and the countries of Spanish America, where he is referred to as el "Hombre del costal", el "hombre del saco", or in Portuguese, o "homem do saco", or el roba-chicos, meaning child-stealer. Similar legends are very common in Eastern Europe, as well as in Haiti and some countries in Asia. El Coco is a monster common to many Spanish-speaking countries. In Spain, parents will sing lullabies or tell rhymes to children, warning them that if they do not sleep, El Coco will come to get them; the rhyme originated in the 17th century and has evolved over the years, but still retains its original meaning. Coconuts received that name because their brownish hairy surface reminded Portuguese explorers of coco, a ghost with a pumpkin head. Latin America has El Coco, although its folklore is quite different mixed with native beliefs, because of cultural contacts, sometimes more related to the boogeyman of the United States.
However, the term El Coco is used in Spanish-speaking Latin American countries, such as Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, although there it is more called El Cuco, as in Puerto Rico, Chile and Argentina. Among Mexican-Americans, El Cucuy is portrayed as an evil monster that hides under children's beds at night and kidnaps or eats the child that does not obey his/her parents or go to sleep when it is time to do so. However, the Spanish American bogeyman does not resemble the shapeless or hairy monster of Spain: social sciences professor Manuel Medrano says popular legend describes El cucuy as a small humanoid with glowing red eyes that hides in closets or under the bed. "Some lore has him as a kid, the victim of violence... and now he's alive, but he's not," Medrano said, citing Xavier Garza's 2004 book Creepy Creatures and other Cucuys."In Brazilian folklore, a similar character called Cuca is depicted as a female humanoid alligator. There's a famous lullaby sung by most parents to their children that says that the Cuca will come to get them if they do not sleep, just as in Spain.
The Cuca is a character of Monteiro Lobato's Sítio do Picapau Amarelo, a series of short novels written for children which contain a large number of characters from Brazilian folklore. In the countries of central and eastern Mediterranean, children who misbehave are threatened with a creature known as "babau". In Italy, the Babau is called l'uomo nero or "black man". In Italy, he is portrayed as a tall man wearing a heavy black coat, with a black hood or hat which hides his face. Sometimes, parents will knock loudly under the table, pretending that someone is knocking at the door, say something like: "Here comes l'uomo ner
Cycle of the Werewolf
Cycle of the Werewolf is a short horror novel by American writer Stephen King, featuring illustrations by comic-book artist Bernie Wrightson. Each chapter is a short story unto itself, it tells the story of a werewolf haunting a small town as the moon turns full once every month. It was published as a limited-edition hardcover in 1983 by Land of Enchantment, in 1985 as a mass-market trade paperback by Signet. King wrote the screenplay for its film adaptation, Silver Bullet; the book is dedicated to the author Davis Grubb: "In memory of Davis Grubb, all the voices of Glory." Marty Coslaw Marty Coslaw is a 10-year-old paraplegic, he serves as the novella’s protagonist. He hears the werewolf howling in March and is attacked by the beast in July, where he blinds it in one eye with a package of Black Cat firecrackers, he discovers the identity of the creature to be Reverend Lester Lowe in October and kills him with a silver bullet in December. Nan Coslaw Marty’s mother, she tries to treat him as if he were no different from any other 10-year-old boy.
Herman Coslaw Marty’s father, he is uncomfortable interacting with his disabled son, speaking to him in a patronizing voice. He is the coach at Tarker’s Mills High School. Kate Coslaw Marty’s 14-year-old sister, she seems jealous of all the attention Marty gets throughout much of the novella. Grandpa Coslaw Marty’s paternal grandfather, he lives with the family. Marty has a good relationship with his grandfather, described as being the typical grandfather, he is noted for being a heavy sleeper. Uncle Al Marty’s wild-living maternal uncle, he always seems to be in the doghouse with his sister. Al treats Marty better than anyone else in the story, buys him the fireworks Marty uses to blind the werewolf in one eye after the Fourth of July fireworks are cancelled, he supplies Marty with the silver bullets and the gun he uses to kill the beast in December. Reverend Lester Lowe, the werewolf, is first mentioned in the story in April, preaching a sermon about the coming of spring. Around May, he has a dream in which his entire congregation—and himself—transforms into werewolves before he awakens.
The next morning, he finds a custodian, dead on the pulpit at his church. He is seen as a pillar of the community and has been viewed that way for years, coming to call Tarker’s Mills home. Lowe has not been a werewolf his entire life, nor has he been a werewolf since he first arrived in Tarker’s Mills. In fact, he has no idea about how he became a werewolf, but he suspects that it has something to do with some flowers he picked at a cemetery on Sunshine Hill months prior to his first transformation, he went to put them in vases at the church vestry, but they turned black and died before he could finish the quick job. He has no reason to pinpoint this event as the beginning of his curse, but he believes that this was the beginning of the events; as the werewolf, he serves as the primary antagonist of the novella. Lowe comes to realize that he is the werewolf after having awakened with fresh blood on his fingernails and mouth, he discovers his clothes are missing or sometimes finds scratches and bruises, which appear to have come from running through the woods.
The dream in May serves as a further omen to his curse, but he doesn't realize his curse until July 5, when he awakens with his left eye blasted out. After Halloween, he began getting anonymous letters from someone who knows his secret, suspecting that it is the person whom he attacked in July and failed to kill, the person who blasted his left eye out. In November, he acknowledges that he is the werewolf and decides that he cannot risk going out in the woods, as he could be killed by the group of vigilantes who had taken to the woods that month. To avoid the vigilantes, he travels to Portland, where he kills Tarker’s Mills resident Milt Sturmfuller outside a cheap motel. After returning home, he decides to find out whom he attacked in July, confront that person. Marty signs his name to the last letter he sends in December, shortly before the next full moon. Lowe is killed by Marty on New Year’s Eve. Arnie Westrum Arnie is a railroad employee killed sometime in the wee hours of the morning on New Year’s Day in January.
He was snowbound in a blizzard after trying to clear snowdrifts off the tracks which had blocked the trains. Westrum manages to hit the werewolf with a pick axe. Stella Randolph Stella is a virginal seamstress. On Valentine’s Day in February, she sends herself cards from 1980s heartthrobs and longs for a lover, she sees the werewolf watching her from outside her window and lets it in, believing she is dreaming. The werewolf kills Stella in her bed; the drifter A drifter killed on St. Patrick’s Day in March, he is found by an employee of the Electric and Gas Company while searching for downed lines, his body is surrounded by wolf prints. Brady Kincaid Brady Kincaid is an 11-year-old boy killed while flying his kite on April Fool’s Day, he stayed out too late as he became fascinated by it. He is found the next day and disemboweled in the town park. Clyde Corliss Corliss is found dead in the Grace Baptist Church by Reverend Lowe on Homecoming Sunday in May, he had done janitorial work at the church since the late 1970s.
Alfie Knopfler Knopfler is the owner of the town's only diner. He is killed after high-school graduation in June in his diner, he sees the werewolf transform in front of him. Constable Lander Neary Neary is the town constable and is frustrated by his inability to solve the case and by his patronizing treatment by the Maine State Police. Neary reveals that Marty wa