small towns -- fiction

07/25/2018 - 9:38am
Needful Things by Stephen King

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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 premiered ob 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.

06/18/2018 - 8:56am
Cover to The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard

When Jodi Linder was three, the unbearable happened. As told in Nancy Pickard's The Scent of Rain and Lightning, one Saturday night, her father was murdered and her mother disappeared. Jodi grew up in the small town of Rose, Kansas, wrapped in the fierce protective circle of her three uncles, safe and cherished, but distrustful of happiness.

When Jodi Linder was 26, the unthinkable happens. Billy Crosby, the man convicted of killing her father, has been released from prison and returns to Rose, loudly protesting his innocence of the murder. In a small town, it’s hard to keep your distance from anyone, and Jodi finds that she starts to run into Billy’s son Collin just about everywhere. Collin is a lawyer who wants to live peacefully in Rose and wants to prove his father’s innocence.

04/19/2017 - 9:49am
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

“It was June and long past time for buying the special shoes that were quiet as summer rain falling on the walks. June and the earth full of raw power and everything everywhere in motion.  The grass was still pouring in from the country, surrounding the sides, stranding the houses.  Any moment the town would capsize, go down and leave not a stir in the clover and weeds.  And here Douglas stood, trapped on dead cement and red-brick streets, hardly able to move.”

The opening piece in Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine finds Doug Spaulding at the start of his twelfth summer, yearning for a pair of running shoes that will let him be a part of the glorious season. Like the dandelion wine bottled and stored in his grandparents’ cellar, the memories of that long-ago summer are preserved to be savored by his readers.

06/21/2016 - 2:54am
The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths

Dr. Ruth Galloway, heroine of Elly Griffiths’ popular set of mysteries, has been called to the rural parish of Little Walsingham to investigate a mysterious murder. Galloway, a devout atheist, has managed to avoid Walsingham for the last 17 years since she’s been in Norfolk. The town is crawling with religious fanatics and devoted Christians.

05/04/2016 - 1:03am
The Flood Girls by Richard Fifield

Small Southern towns have their share of eccentric characters, but they have nothing on Quinn, Montana. Quinn produces “devils and angels, queens and boy princesses, gritty souls that could survive anything.” The Flood Girls  are a team of misfit softball players with their manager, Laverna Flood, the owner of the local bar, leading the pack. Living in Quinn and playing ball with The Flood Girls is never boring; it is a comedy of errors.

05/02/2016 - 10:22am
Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

If you go to high school in Sticks, Louisiana, you’re not just off the beaten track from mainstream America. It’s a long way to the interstate, and you’re surrounded by something else entirely—the Swamp. They’ve tried to fence it off to keep people safe for decades. Yes, there are alligators, but there’s something else out there that’s far worse.  It’s a wise move to Beware the Wild.

06/16/2015 - 1:53am
The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

Chip and Emily Linton decide to buy an old, mysterious Victorian house in the middle of White Mountain country, in upstate New Hampshire. The move isn’t exactly what they want—they would rather stay in the homey suburbs of Pennsylvania due to their two young, twin daughters, Garnett and Hailey.

However, Chip is the pilot who had no other choice but to try to land his 70-passenger 747 with double-engine failure on the crest of Lake Champlain. Unlike the famous “Miracle on the Hudson” event, Chip’s rescue plan does not go as he had planned. Thirty-nine passengers aboard died in the crash, including three children under the age of ten. Due to the massive trauma Chip has faced since that fateful August day, the Lintons decide to take their isolation elsewhere, starting afresh in the tiny mountain village.

05/12/2015 - 1:29am
Pines by Blake Crouch

Wayward Pines, Idaho: population 416. Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke arrives in the sleepy mountain town with one mission: to recover his fellow agents who went mysteriously missing two months earlier.

04/18/2012 - 3:31am
The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert

Do you like to read about small towns and quirky characters--places where everyone knows everyone else? If so, The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert is the book for you. It has lots of odd characters and follows several simple storylines, one concerning a missing child. Well, perhaps that story is not so simple after all. You see, the missing child may never have existed in the first place. This may give you a hint about Mr. Schaffert's style of writing. He has written a multi-level novel with a complicated plot and subplots.

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