Knock, Knock, Knocking on your Door

The following is in response to The Tommyknockers, a book by Stephen King.


The Tommyknockers is about a writer named Bobbi Anderson who uncovers an alien spacecraft buried deep in her backyard and the mysterious effects that the spacecraft has on the town of Haven.The movie doesn’t really do it justice this time guys. If you want to know what happens you really have to read through all 747 pages—but trust me it’s worth it.

There are a few things I’d like to mention. On three separate occasions, King brings up other novels of his. On page 373 the character Ev says that a bartender told him “the story of a man named John Smith” who “had been in a coma for years, had awakened with some sort of psychic gift.” The man John Smith that Ev is referring to is the main character of The Dead Zone. By page 510, Bobbi sends young characters Hester and Tommy out of town to buy some batteries. It’s amazing what they can do with a few batteries when under the influence of the aliens. Tommy becomes sick from being away from Haven for a few hours and imagines he sees “a clown grinning up at him from an open sewer manhole—a clown with shiny silver dollars for eyes and a clenched white glove filled with balloons.” Who is the clown but none other than the terrorizing antagonist from IT.

The third novel that King brings up in The Tommyknockers is The Shinning. But this little homage to his third book is a little different. Instead of directly mentioning Dan Torrence or his troubled father, thus putting The Shinning in the same universe as Bobbi Anderson and her lover Gard, he makes fun of the movie that was adapted from the book— “So what was he supposed to do? Grab Bobbi’s ax and make like Jack Nicholson in The Shinning? He could see it. Smash, crash bash: Heeeeeere’s GARDENER! (565)”


About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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