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Needful Things by Stephen King
A wonderful new store has opened in Castle Rock, Maine. It's a place where you can get anything your heart desires - pleasure, wealth, power . . . but for a nerve-shattering price.
Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that has served as a nexus for paranormal, supernatural, and metaphysical events through Stephen King's writing. Multiple works by King have been set in Castle Rock, including Needful Things, Bag of Bones, Cujo, The Dead Zone, and more. Multiple novellas, such as The Body and Gwendy's Button Box have also taken place in Castle Rock. The Shawshank Prison (from The Shawshank Redemption) is also located right outside of the town. Not too far from Castle Rock, is the infamous town of Derry - the fictional location for King's horrifying novel, It.
Castle Rock is an upcoming American psychological horror web television series based on the stories of Stephen King, intertwining characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock. It is set to premiere on July 25, 2018, on Hulu. It stars André Holland, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey, and Sissy Spacek.
If you enjoy Castle Rock or the King books that took place in Castle Rock, check out these suggested titles filled with spooky happenings in small towns.
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They're well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark's youth, he knows that, too; he's seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin, and best friend. That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen - the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets have gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes, and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town.
The Fury by John Farris
Gillian Bellaver's family is one of the wealthiest in the world. Robin Sandza's father Peter is a government assassin. The two teenagers seem to have nothing in common. Yet they are spiritual twins, possessing a horrifying psychic energy that threatens humanity. While dangerous and fanatical men vie for the secrets of their awesome power, Peter Sandza, using all the ruthless skills of his trade, makes a final desperate effort to save them. Exploring with extraordinary skill the myths and legends deeply rooted in the subconscious mind, this novel builds, scene by shocking scene, to a night of chilling horror that surpasses anything you've ever experienced.
The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
This tale of a young married couple who harbors a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building start to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone - or something - lurking in the basement.
The Grip of It by Jac Jemc
Julie and James settle into a house in a small town outside the city where they met. The move is quick and seamless; both Julie and James are happy to leave behind their usual haunts and start afresh. But, as Julie and James try to settle into their home and their relationship, the house and its surrounding terrain become the locus of increasingly strange happenings. The architecture becomes unrecognizable, decaying before their eyes. Stains are animated on the wall and map themselves onto Julie's body in the form of bruises; mold spores taint the water that James pours from the sink. Together the couple embarks on a panicked search for the source of their mutual torment, a journey that mires them in the history of their peculiar neighbors and the mysterious residents who lived in the house before Julie and James.
Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
After strange things start happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, three employees volunteer to work an overnight shift to investigate, but what they discover is more horrifying than they could have imagined.
Locke & Key, Volume 1, Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them - and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.
The Ridge by Michael Koryta
For years, a lighthouse at the top of a hill called Blade Ridge has lit up the surrounding woods. But when the lighthouse keeper is found dead, strange things begin happening to the people and animals in the area.
Snowblind by Christopher Golden
The small New England town of Coventry is haunted by its memories of a deadly winter, in which loved ones were lost, families torn apart, and a town buried in a terrible blizzard. Now, twelve years later, the people plagued by their memories of that storm are haunted once again as a new storm approaches, promising to wreak new havoc. Old ghosts trickle back, and this storm will prove even more terrifying and deadly than the last.
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
When the carnival comes to town, two boys unearth the terrifying and horrible secrets that lurk within Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show and learn the consequences of wishes, as a sinister and evil force is at work in Green Town, Illinois.
Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
Jeremy works at the Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa in the late 1990s, and he has a problem - someone is altering the videotapes, inserting poorly lit home video scenes which are odd, sometimes violent, and deeply disquieting. There are recognizable landmarks from just outside of town. As Jeremy investigates, he becomes part of an impossible search for something someone once lost - and would do anything to regain.