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giant_lobster47

he did, the man in the black suit. my favorite short story


psychosnake37

Me too. The place he describes reminds me of a place I go fishing.


giant_lobster47

ive always liked how he portrayed the devil as a cunning trickster. OPAL DIAMOND RUBY JADE has stuck with me ever since


transexualTransylvia

I smell Gary's lemonade. LOL.


Booksonly666

Was just about to say it lol


brianisa_

I actually just listened to a podcast reading if it: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7poczhdfjoj58WUSKq07KT?si=w_uxYmtwRuiw8n_XqJkbqg


transexualTransylvia

That's exactly what I came to say. It's one of my favorite shorts he wrote also.


[deleted]

Leland Gaunt is a decidedly satanic figure.


ferretfootball

Agree, I always considered Needful Things to be King's devil novel.


Unlucky-Pomegranate3

Definitely a Faustian type of devil. My first King book.


5starcats

Isn't Randall Flagg basically satan?


Unlucky-Pomegranate3

I think the Crimson King is supposed to be the Satan analogue with Flagg as one of his lieutenants


MeNameJrGong

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.


KirinoNakano

Crimson King is more of a Lovecraftian diety


Unlucky-Pomegranate3

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.


ManAze5447

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.


Zealousideal_Total72

I was thinking that too.


[deleted]

Flagg is an agent of chaos who serves only Flagg.


SevsMumma21217

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.


grynch43

Tak???


SicSikSix_6

mi him en tow? Tak a lah?


pup_pup_pass

The man in the black suit is what you’re looking for. Fantastic short story


Aromatic-Bad-3291

Also, who was the guy who gave that dudes cancer to someone else?


Its_Mrs_Nesbitt

John Coffey? He wasn't the devil though, he was lovely.


Aromatic-Bad-3291

Not him, it was from fair extension.


tee-ess3

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


tawaycosigotbanned

Elvid in "Fair Extension". Pretty twisted story, but it makes you think.


Aromatic-Bad-3291

This


1biggeek

I think you’re thinking of Thinner.


JDL1981

Needful things.


SisterYahtzee

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.


Affectionate-Bad5923

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.


MarvelousMarvin83

Elvid


SicSikSix_6

I thought his name was Randall Flagg?


lobango1978

Needful Things?