Connections to other works by King
The Dark Tower
There are several references to the Dark Tower Series. Edgar refers to himself as a \"gunslinger\" (pg 433). One of Edgar\'s major works is \"Roses Grow from Shells.\" His ex-wife tattoos a rose onto her breast. Roses are also mentioned several times in the novel. The main antagonist wears a red robe similar to that of the Crimson King. His daughter\'s name ( Ilse Marie Freemantle) has 19 letters in it. Edgar\'s E-mail is EFree19 and his real estate agent\'s is SmithReality9505, both of which have numbers the amount to 19, which constant readers will recognize. Along with these other \"19\'s\", the first big storm (or \"Alice\") occurred in 1927, which when added together makes 19; and the flight he takes to Florida is flight 559. Pam\'s room number is 847 which added together is 19. Edgar\'s artistic abilities seem to parallel those of Patrick Danville, especially the ability to remove things from reality by drawing and then erasing them. Nan Melda loses two fingers on her right hand on a beach, which also happens to Roland Deschain at the beginning of the Drawing of the Three. Charley the Lawn Jockey (pg 568) shares the name of Charlie the Choo Choo, and the root \"char,\" meaning death, also echoed when Edgar thinks about having people sit in the \"char\" when he has to think sideways to mean \"chair\". In one passage of the book, Edgar compares life to a wheel, in the sense of always coming around to the beginning, one of the main philosophies of the Dark Tower. The idea that drawings or paintings can change reality is another recurring motive.
The Stand: Edgar\'s last name, Freemantle, is the same as Mother Abigail\'s, a major character in The Stand. As in \"The Stand,\" a wise black woman, Nan Melda, is instrumental in defeating the evil.
The Shining: The two dead girls, especially prominent in the Kubrick movie adaptation.
Heart-Shaped Box (novel): The title of a novel by King\'s son, Joe Hill. A heart-shaped cookie box plays an important part in Duma Key.The area surrounding the old Eastlake estate is \"poisonous\" causing illness in anyone who approaches it. Wireman has a metal bullet in his head that grants him certain special abilities, much as Jim Gardner has a metal plate in his head that grants him special abilities.The Tommyknockers:
Rainy Season: A monstrous frog with teeth plays an important part in \"Duma Key,\" much as carnivorous frogs with teeth feature in the short story
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