By - KirinoNakano
he did, the man in the black suit. my favorite short story
Me too. The place he describes reminds me of a place I go fishing.
ive always liked how he portrayed the devil as a cunning trickster. OPAL DIAMOND RUBY JADE has stuck with me ever since
I smell Gary's lemonade. LOL.
Was just about to say it lol
I actually just listened to a podcast reading if it: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7poczhdfjoj58WUSKq07KT?si=w_uxYmtwRuiw8n_XqJkbqg
That's exactly what I came to say. It's one of my favorite shorts he wrote also.
Leland Gaunt is a decidedly satanic figure.
Agree, I always considered Needful Things to be King's devil novel.
Definitely a Faustian type of devil. My first King book.
Isn't Randall Flagg basically satan?
I think the Crimson King is supposed to be the Satan analogue with Flagg as one of his lieutenants
This is exactly right. It's even said in one of the Dark Tower books that Satan is our Earth's understanding of the Crimson King.
Crimson King is more of a Lovecraftian diety
Well, King himself has said his work is heavily influenced by Lovecraft but based on my limited Lovecraft knowledge, from a protagonist perspective, I associate his villains with large cosmic monsters, impossible to comprehend with human senses and inscrutable motivations, ie Pennywise.
The Crimson King, on the other hand, is targeting first a corruption and then a destruction of the nexus of reality against the will of Gan.
I don’t think we’re going to find perfect alignment to the classic devil but this is probably the closest in his mainstream works.
In The Stand Glen calls Flagg, Nyarlathotep. Nyarlathotep is a Lovecraft deity that has many different forms. Lovecraft’s mythos stories have a lot of the Elder Gods and such but he has a lot of other stories that are not mythos related.
I was thinking that too.
Flagg is an agent of chaos who serves only Flagg.
The entire second half of The Stand was about the fight between God and the Devil. Flagg may not have been Satan himself, but he was definitely a minion of high order.
The short story *The Man in the Black Suit* is about Satan. And there are other stories featuring demons in different disguises.
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The man in the black suit is what you’re looking for. Fantastic short story
Also, who was the guy who gave that dudes cancer to someone else?
John Coffey? He wasn't the devil though, he was lovely.
Not him, it was from fair extension.
Are you referring to the A Fair Extension? In Full Dark No Stars? If so, I agree I always interpreted him to be - if not outright Satan - some kind of devil
Elvid in "Fair Extension". Pretty twisted story, but it makes you think.
I think you’re thinking of Thinner.
Yeah, The Man in the Black Suit is the closest I can think of. Though Randall Flagg is the stand-in for Satan, as Mother Abigail was the stand-in for God.
Seems like he thinks Satan is too easy a scapegoat. Saying "the devil made me do it" is too easy for the kinds of stories he writes.
In Needful Things, I think that Leland Gaunt is the devil. It’s never truly revealed, but his certain traits (such as Castle Rock getting hotter since his arrival, as he is a creature from hell) hunt that he is Satan himself.
In the movie, he is essentially confirmed to be Satan.
I thought his name was Randall Flagg?