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Black House

Black House Art

Released

September 15th, 2001

Available Format(s)

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Written With

Peter Straub

Publisher

Random House

In this sequel to The Talisman, Jack Sawyer is now in his late thirties and has taken early retirement from the LAPD, retreating to a small town in Wisconsin. He has no memory of his adventures as a twelve-year-old boy, when he traveled into a parallel universe in search of the talisman that would save his mother's life. A series of murders involving young children force him out of retirement. There is more to these cases than murder, though, and Jack must retrieve his childhood memories to rescue the latest victim, who is coveted by the killer's evil overlord, a powerful force from End-World, in Roland the gunslinger's universe. 

 

 

From the Flap

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called The Territories to save his mother and her Territories "twinner" from a premature and agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, WI. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories and was compelled to leave the police force when an odd, happenstance event threatened to awaken those memories.

When a series of gruesome murders occur in western Wisconsin that are reminiscent of those committed several decades earlier by a real-life madman named Albert Fish, the killer is dubbed "The Fisherman" and Jack's buddy, the local chief of police, begs Jack to help his inexperienced force find him. But is this merely the work of a disturbed individual, or has a mysterious and malignant force been unleashed in this quiet town? What causes Jack's inexplicable waking dreams, if that is what they are, of robins' eggs and red feathers? It's almost as if someone is trying to tell him something. As that message becomes increasingly impossible to ignore, Jack is drawn back to the Territories and to his own hidden past, where he may find the soul-strength to enter a terrifying house at the end of a deserted track of forest, there to encounter the obscene and ferocious evils sheltered within it.

Characters

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Band mentioned in passing
Abbalan
Mentioned in passing
Alice
Character from Alice in Wonderland
Bees
Used by Jack Sawyer to get into the Black House, and to kill the Overseers
Black Sabbath
Heavy metal band
Blaine
Monorail that comitted suicide.
Boogeyman
Ebbie Wexler is afraid of the Boogeyman
Carpenter
Character from Alice in Wonderland
Chicago
Band mentioned in passing
d'Artagnan
Mentioned in passing
Devil-Dog
Evil smoky-dog that guarded the road into the Black House. See-through. Shot multiple times by the Thunder Five, but only injured. Once the Big Combination was destroyed, it became real and died. It bit Mouse Baumann and he melted away to nothing.
Dion
Sang "Runaround Sue"
Dirtysperm
A band liked by Morris Rosen. They did a cover of a Supremes song
Dracula
Mentioned in passing
Elroy
From the Territories. Once tried to rape Jack Sawyer in the Oatley Tap bar
Far Eyes
An Indian Chief who told his tribe to jump to their death in Great Bluff in 1888
Garfield
Cartoon cat
God
Mentioned in passing
Gorg
Evil in the form of a Raven that could talk. Lured the children close, so Charles Burnside could capture them. Shot dead by Jack Sawyer outside the Black House
Gretel
From the childrens story Hansel & Gretel
Gunslingers From Gilead
They protected the tower and its beams. There is only one left (Roland)
Hansel
From the childrens story Hansel & Gretel
Humpty Dumpty
Character in a children's nursery rhyme
Jack the Ripper
Murderer mentioned in passing
Jane Wyatt's Clit
Dirtysperm's lead guitarist formed them, but left to form Dirtysperm
Jarnbyce
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
Jonah
Biblical character
Judas
Mentioned in passing
Korn
Band mentioned in passing
Lady Magowan
Mentioned by Charles Burnside
Lady Sophie
Mentioned by Charles Burnside
Legion
One of the names used by the Fisherman
Lenore
Character in Poe's "The Raven"
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Band mentioned in passing
Mad Mongoloid
Elvena Morton's name for the Wisconsin Rat
Mary
Mother of Jesus
Moby Dick
Whale from novel of same name
Monday Man
The evil entity that infected Albert Fish
Morgan of Orris
Twinner of Morgan Sloat. Molested Sophie when she was 12, leaving her unable to bear children
Noah
Biblical character
Osmond
Twinner of Sunlight Gardener
Parkus
Twinner of Speedy Parker. A gunslinger, or lawman from the territories.
Patricia
Monorail that comitted suicide.
Queen Bee
Helped guide Jack Sawyer inside the Black House
Scooby Doo
Cartoon dog
Slobberbone
Band listened to by the Wisconsin Rat
Snivelling Shits
Band on a T-Shirt worn by Morris Rosen
Sophie of Canna (Sophie the Good) (Young Queen)
Twinner of Judy Marshall. Became the Queen of the Territories, and successor of Laura DeLoessian. Molested by Morgan of Orris, and could not have children.
Steppenwolf
Band mentioned in passing
Superman
Comic book character mentioned in passing
Symphonic Stan the Big-Band man
One of the many personas of Henry Leyden. Did the Strawbery Fest Hop at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Tinky Winky
Judy Marshall was going a bit "Tinky Winky"
Toto
Dog from the Wizard of Oz
Tubby
Dog mentioned in passing
Ucky Ducky
In the band Dirtysperm
Van Morrison
Band mentioned in passing
Walrus
Character from Alice in Wonderland
Winnie the Pooh
Character from a childrens story
Wolf
Friend of Jack Sawyer as a child.
?, Kimberley
Mentioned by a man who Jack Sawyer rang
?, Madge
Elderly woman who lived on Maid Marian Way. Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau with her husband
?, Maryann
Name on some graffiti on a sign at KDCU-FM and Ed's Eats and Dawgs
?, Rico
Character in a movie mentioned by Charles Burnside.
?, Sophie
Mentioned by Judy Marshall
?, Stella
Character in the movie "Execution Express"
?, Troy
Name on some graffiti on a sign at KDCU-FM and Ed's Eats and Dawgs
Acheson, Henry
In the band Dirtysperm
Adkins, Trace
Singer mentioned in passing
Amberson, Reginald (Doc)
One of the Thunder Five who worked at Kingsland Ale. Completed a surgical residency at UI, but quit medicine after incorrectly calculating the dosage of medicine for a patient and the patient died. Helped Jack Sawyer with the investigation into the Murders by the Fisherman.
Anderson, Debbi
Police officer in French Landing. 6'1"
Anderson, Sherwood
Author mentioned in passing
Andrews, Julie
Actress in The Sound of Music
Astaire, Fred
Actor/dancer, dreamed of by Alice Weathers
Aubrey, Jack
Mentioned in passing
Auden
Poet mentioned in passing
Avery, Nick
Bartender at the Oak Tree Inn
Avery, Steven
Author whose book was read by Mouse Baumann
Bach
Composer mentioned in passing
Barenboim, Daniel
Piano player
Baumann, Mouse
A large man who spoke to Bobby Dulac about Jacques Derrida. One of the Thunder Five who worked at Kingsland Ale. Helped Jack Sawyer with the investigation into the Murders by the Fisherman. He was bitten on the leg by the Devil-dog as they rode up to the Black House, and his body started to disolve. Died of the injury
Baumann, Mr.
Father of Mouse Baumann. Died in hospital
Bell, Garland
One of 2 partners in Bell & Holland, a local law firm
Bell, Mr.
Father of Garland Bell. Started Bell & Holland law firm with Mr Holland
Berigan, Bunny
Musician requested by Charles Burnside at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance
Bierstone, Carl
The real name of Charles Burnside, that he used in Chicago. Evil man who was the South-Side monster while in Chicago, and now is the Fisherman in French Landing. Escaped custody after being convicted and sentenced to death in 1964. Killed by Tyler Marshall
Billinger, Toots
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau
Black, Jeffrey
State police detective assigned to the murders in French Landing
Blake, William
Poet read by Beezer St. Pierre
Boettcher, Bunny
Son of Tom Tom Boettcher
Boettcher, Hermie
Resident at the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Brother of Tom Tom Boettcher. Retired geography teacher in room A17
Boettcher, Tom Tom
Resident at the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Father of Bunny Boettcher and brother of Hermie
Bogart, Humphrey
Actor mentioned in passing
Bond, Jane
Nurse in D ward at the French County Lutheran Hospital
Boop, Betty
Cartoon character mentioned in passing
Bradbury, Ray
Author mentioned in passing
Brautigan, Ted
Chief breaker
Breakers, The
Worked for the Crimson King. They have been used to destroy 2 of the 6 Beams, and one has stopped due to natural causes, leaving just one left.
Brogan, Ferd
Killed by Charles Burnside in Chicago
Brown, Clifford
Musician listened to by Jack Sawyer
Brown, Leroy
Mentioned in a song
Brown, Perry
State police detective assigned to the murders in French Landing
Browne, Sam
A Sam Browne belt was worn by Bobby Dulac
Brynner, Yul
Bald actor
Buckley, William F. Jr.
Thought of by Dale Gilbertson
Budd, Grace
Victim of Albert Fish in Spring of 1928
Budd, Mrs.
Mother of Grace Bud. She received a letter from Albert Fish about the murder of her daughter
Bumstead, Glad
Wife of Richie Bumstead. Died at 31 years old
Bumstead, Richie
Friend of Myrtle Harrington. Husband of Glad Bumstead
Bunch, John
Singer listened to by Henry Leyden
Bundy, Ted
Modern day murderer
Burnitz, Jeromy
On a poster in Tyler Marshall's Room. Played for the Milwaukee Brewers
Burnside, Althea
Supposed to have been an aunt of Charles Burnside that is paying for his care at the Maxton Elder Care Facility. There seem to be no trace of her in any records
Burnside, Althea
Owned a Diner in Butternut. No relation of Charles Burnside
Burnside, Althea
Black woman in Milwaukee. No relation of Charles Burnside
Burnside, Charles (Burney)
In room D18 of the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Arrived in 1996 at the age of 78. Acts as if he has Alzheimer's disease, but it seems to go into remission at times and he is in good health. His real name is Carl Bierstone, but he changed his name when he escaped from Chicago in 1964. He is the Fisherman. Killed by Tyler Marshall
Bush, George W.
President of the United States
Calloway, Cab
Musician, seen in a suit by Rebecca Vilas
Cantinaro, Hubert (Sonny)
One of the Thunder Five who worked at Kingsland Ale. Helped Jack Sawyer with the investigation into the Murders by the Fisherman.
Carmichael, Hoagy
Singer liked by Henry Leyden
Carrey, Jim
Comedy actor
Carton, Sydney
Character in a Charles Dickens book
Cavanaugh, Lily
Stage name and maiden name of Lily Sawyer
Charles, Ray
Blind singer and friend of Henry Leyden
Chizzle, ?
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Christie, Irving
Suffered a minor heart attack at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Cline, Patsy
Favorite singer of Jack Sawyer
Cobain, Kurt
Musician mentioned in passing
Cole, Cozy
Musician mentioned in passing
Coleridge, ?
Author mentioned in passing
Como, Perry
Singer liked by Henry Leyden
Connery, Sean
Actor mentioned in passing
Cooper, Gary
Actor mentioned in passing
Cousteau, Jacques
Underwater explorer
Craven, Wes
Movie director
Crimson King, The
Dreamed of by Judy Marshall. Physically he is locked in a cell at the top of the Tower, but he uses various methods to allow himself to leave the cell. He uses Breakers to break the Beams.
Crossan, John Dominic
Author on first century Christianity
Cruise, Tom
Actor mentioned in passing
Curless, Dick
Country singer
Dahmer, Jeffrey
Modern day murderer
Daley, ?
Mayor mentioned in passing
Dalrymple, Hoover
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau. 71-year-old man
Davis, Jonathan
Musician mentioned by Bobby Dulas
Dedlock, Lady
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
Dedlock, Leicester
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
DeLoessian, Laura (Queen of the Territories)
Lily Cavanaugh's twinner
DeLois, Judy
Maiden name of Judy Marshall.
DeLois, Mr.
Father of Judy DeLois
Deneuve, Catherine
Actress mentioned in passing
Derleth, August
Author mentioned in passing
Derrida, Jacques
Author mentioned my Mouse
Descartes
Author who's book was read by Mouse Baumann
Deschain, Roland
There is only one Gunslinger left, and he has trained 3 others
Desmond, Paul
Musician listened to by Jack Sawyer
Dickens, Charles
Wrote "Bleak House" that was read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Dillinger, John
Mentioned in passing
Dillon, Marshall
Mentioned in passing
Dorsey, Tommy
Musician played at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance by Symphonic Stan, the Big-band Man
Drizzle, ?
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens. Attorney
Dulac, Bobby
Police officer in French Landing. Partner of Tom Lund
Eisman, Otto
Worked at French County Farm Equipment
Ellington, Duke
Seen in a suit by Rebecca Vilas
Ellison, John
Owned the property where the body of John Irekenham was found by Spender Hovdahl
English, Petra
Orderly from Asphodel
Erbter, Tommy
Made a comment about Judy Marshall to Tyler Marshall
Erickson, Weenie
Used to be the DJ at the Maxton Elder Care Facility's dances until he moved to Racine
Evans, Bill
One of the Bill Evans Trio. Piano Player
Evans, Ethan
On the desk in D Ward. Helped Wendell Green to hide in the office of Dr Spiegleman and tape Jack Sawyer and Judy Marshall
Evinrude, Claire
Oncologist who lived with Jack Sawyer
Evitz, Buck
Postman who delivers to Jack Sawyer
Farren
Captain of the outer guards in the Territories when Jack Sawyer was a child. Let him into see the Queens Chamber
Fine, Morty
Works on the registration desk at the Nelson Hotel
Fish, Albert
Murderer from the turn of the century. He has been dead for 67 years, but the current murders are very much like his murders. One of his victims was Grace Budd, and he sent notes to the parents of the victims. Also ate part of the victims.
Flagler, Herman (Poochie)
10-year-old boy killed by Charles Burnside in Chicago
Flanigan, Phil
Singer listened to by Henry Leyden
Flannagan, Tommy
Musician listened to by Jack Sawyer
Flostad, Flora
Resident at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Ford, Ford Madox
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden. Wrote "The Good Soldier"
Fredriksen, Paula
Author on first century Christianity
Freneau, Irma
The third victim of the "Fisherman". 10 years old, and partly eaten by a dog. The Fisherman only wanted her leg. Disappeared 10 days after Amy St. Pierre & 3 days after Johnny Irkenham. Found in Ed's Eats & Dawgs in French Landing Freneau, Richard (Cubby), Father of Irma and ex-husband of Tansy Freneau
Freneau, Tansy
Mother of Irma and ex-wife of Richard Freneau
Frost, Robert
Poet quoted by the Fisherman.
Furcal, Rafael
Baseball Player mentioned in passing
Gacy, John Wayne
Modern day murderer
Gafney, William (Billy)
Mentioned in an article on the wall in the Black House. Killed and eaten by Albert Fish
Garcia, Jerry
Musician mentioned in passing
Gardener, Robert (Sunlight)
Twinner of Osmond. Seen in Jack Sawyer's dream
Garver, Freddy
From the Isle of Irse, 2 worlds down. Burned his left hand off when the Big Combination was destroyed
Gatskill, Ina
Secretary at French County Farm Equipment
Gilbertson, Dale
Chief of police in French Landing. Husband of Sarah and father of David Gilbertson
Gilbertson, David
Son of Dale and Sarah Gilbertson
Gilbertson, Ed
Owner of Ed's Eats & Dawgs in French Landing. 350 pounds, and died of a Heart Attack. Uncle of Dale Gilbertson
Gilbertson, Kent
Cousin of Dale Gilbertson, and brother of Randy Gilbertson
Gilbertson, Mr.
Father of Dale Gilbertson, and brother of Ed and Rhoda Gilbertson. Dead. His house was bought by Jack Sawyer
Gilbertson, Mrs.
Mother of Dale Gilbertson. She came from a long line of farmers
Gilbertson, Randy
Cousin of Dale Gilbertson and brother of Kent Gilbertson
Gilbertson, Rhoda
Maiden name of Rhoda Leyden. Sister of Mr Gilbertson, and aunt of Dale. Died of Liver cancer.
Gilbertson, Sarah
Wife of Dale Gilbertson and mother of David
Ginsberg, Allen
Author mentioned in passing
Godiva, Lady
Mentioned in passing
Goldberg, Rube
Artist mentioned in passing
Goldman, Albert
Author whose book was read by Mouse Baumann
Goltz, Ted
Owner of French County Farm Equipment in French Landing
Goodman, Benny
Musician requested by Alice Weathers at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance
Gordon, Dexter
Musician mentioned in passing
Gordon, Trevor
Friend of Monty Fine
Gould, Glenn
Musician thought of by Jack Sawyer
Graasheimer, Merlin
52-year-old man who was beaten in French Landing during the murders of the children
Graham, Miss
Lived with Miss Pentle in the house they named "Honeysuckle"
Grant, Cary
Actor mentioned in passing
Grauerhammer, Reinhold T.
There was a hall in French Landing named after him
Green, Wendell
Reporter for the La Riviere Herald who would do just about anything for a story.
Greer, Brooke
Ex-girlfriend of Jack Swayer. A screenwriter
Grisham, John
Author read by Judy Marshall
Haarman, Fritz
Mentioned by Charles Burnside. A murderer from the 1920's. Executed for killing 24 people.
Hale, Nancy
Girlfriend of Mouse Baumann in about 1999. Died a few months after they got close to the Black House
Harrington, Michael
Husband of Myrtle Harrington
Hartfield, Sonny
The funeral home in French Landing is the Hartfield & Sons Funeral Home
Harvey, Paul
Radio personality.
Haymes, Dick
Musician played at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance by Symphonic Stan, the Big-band Man
Hemmingway, Ernest
Author mentioned in passing
Henreid, ?
From Henreid Brothers Furniture in French Landing
Herman, Woody
Musician played at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance by Symphonic Stan, the Big-band Man
Himes, Chester
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Hobbs, Roy
Character in a movie
Holland, Julius
One of 2 partners in Bell & Holland, a law firm in French Landing
Holland, Mr.
Father of Julius Holland. Started Bell & Holland law firm with Mr Bell
Holmes, Sherlock
Fictional detective mentioned in passing
Holtz, Bob
Part-time police officer in French Landing
Hooten, Sammy
Killed by Charles Burnside in Chicago
Hope, Bob
Singer and actor
Hovdahl, Lance
Lutheran Paster in French Landing
Hovdahl, Spencer
Found the body of John Irkenham. A loan officer with the First Farmer State Bank
Hrabowski, Arnold (Mad Hungarian)
French Landing Police Officer. He called his wife Paula after the body of Irma Freneau was found, and she called her friends. This got him suspended. 5'6"
Hrabowski, Paula
Wife of Arnold Hrabowski
Hrabowsky, Al (Mad Hungarian)
Relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
Hutchinson, Vera
Worked at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Irkenham, George
Father of John & Husband of Helen Irkenham
Irkenham, Helen
Mother of John Irkenham and wife of George. Received a letter from the Fisherman about the death of her son
Irkenham, John Wesley
7-year-old boy murdered by the "Fisherman". Found partly eaten. The second victim.
Jackson, Shirley
Author of Hill House
Jarvis, Patty
Name on graffiti at Ed's Eats and Dawgs
Jesperson, Dit
Police officer in French Landing
Jesperson, Elmer
In room D12 of the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Jones, Jim
Mentioned in passing
Jones, Tommy Lee
Mentioned in passing
Juan, Don
Mentioned in passing
Kelly, Grace
Actress mentioned in passing
Kemper, Edmund Emil (III)
Modern day murderer. He murdered his mother.
Kemper, Mrs.
Mother of Edmund Emil Kemper III. He killed her and used her head as a dartboard
Kinderling, Thornberg
Criminal arrested by Dale Gilbertson & given a life sentence for the murder of 2 prostitutes. Husband of Wanda Kinderling. Farm insurance salesman from Centralia
Kinderling, Wanda
Wife of Thornberg Kinderling. Alcoholic who taught Sunday School. She shoots Jack Sawyer, and the wounds were fatal in this world. She tried to shoot herself, but had run out of bullets.
Kissinger, Dean
Mentioned in passing
Kornheiser, Tony
Sportscaster mentioned in passing
Krupa, Gene
Musician mentioned in passing
Kuby, Milly
Came 4th in a statewide spelling bee
Lackley, Mr.
Patient in D Ward at the French County Lutheran Hospital
LaFargo, Scott
One of the Bill Evans Trio. Bass Player
Leary, Timothy
Mentioned in passing
Lee, Sam
Runs the "Reliable" laundry in La Riviere
Leone, Anglo
At the investigation into the death of the Black Man at the Santa Monica Pier. Disliked Jack Sawyer
Lepplemier, Gertrude
82-year-old woman who died in a house fire in Arden. Wife of Horst Lepplemier
Lepplemier, Horst P.
82-year-old man who died in a house fire in Arden. Husband of Gertrude Lepplemier
Lewis, C.S.
Author whose book was read by Mouse Baumann
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Singer mentioned in passing
Leyden, Henry
Friend of Jack Sawyer. He is also known as George Rathburn, the Wisconsin Rat, Joe Strummer, Symphonic Stan, and Henry Shake. Blind. Husband of Rhoda Leyden. Owned almost 3, 000 CD's and is very knowledgeable about music
Leyden, Rhoda
Married name of Rhoda Gilbertson. Wife of Henry Leyden. Buried in Noggin Mound Cemetery
Limbaugh, Rush
His radio show is transmitted on KDCU-AM
Little Sisters, The
Act as healers in the Territories, but are really Vampires that kill their patients
Locher, Mrs.
Teacher of Tyler Marshall
Lodge, Beatrice
Character played by Lily Cavanaugh in the movie "Execution Express"
Loretta, Mark
Baseball Player mentioned in passing
Loveless, Patty
Singer mentioned in passing
Lund, Tom
Police officer in French Landing. Partner of Bobby Dulac
Machiavelli
Mentioned in passing
Malamud, Bernard
Author of "The Natural"
Malshun, Lord (Mr Munshun)
Master of Charles Burnside. Has one eye, and changes shape and appearance all the time.
Manassas, Fats
Musician mentioned in passing
Manchu, Fu
Mentioned in passing
Mandel, Johnny
Did the soundtrack for Lost Summer, one of Lily Sawyer's movies
Marcos, Imelda
Mentioned as loving shoes
Marshall, Fred
Works at French County Farm Equipment in French Landing. Lives at 16 Robin Hood Lane, Libertyville, French Landing. Father of Tyler Marshall and wife of Judy. Asked Jack Sawyer for his help in finding Tyler
Marshall, Judy
Wife of Fred Marshall and mother of Tyler Marshall. 5'2". Married name of Judy DeLois. She is experiencing odd dreams and thinks she may be losing her mind. Asked Jack Sawyer for his help in finding Tyler. Twinner of Spohie. Knew about the territories that Jack had visited.
Marshall, Mrs.
Mother of Phil & Fred Marshall
Marshall, Phil
Brother of Fred Marshall. Ran the family farm
Marshall, Tyler
10-year-old son of Judy and Fred Marshall. Disappears off the street when he is taken by the Fisherman. He was to be delivered to the Crimson King as one of the two most powerful Breakers ever known. He escaped when he killed Charles Burnside, and helped free over 750 children from slavery where they were used as power for the Big Combination, before returning to his parents
Martin, Dean
Actor mentioned in passing
Martin, Kiz
Died in a bike accident with the Thunder Five. Fell off the bike after hitting a small stick
Martin, Steve
Comedy actor
Massengale, Janna
Female Bartender at the Taproom
Mathis, Johnny
Singer mentioned in passing
Maxton, Ashley
7-year-old daughter of William and Marion Maxton
Maxton, Herbert
Opened the Maxton Nursing home, that was later renamed the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Father of William Maxton
Maxton, Marion
35-year-old wife of William Maxyon. 5 foot 5 inches, 190 pounds.
Maxton, Trey
9-year-old son of William and Marion Maxton
Maxton, William (Chipper)
42-year-old director of the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Spent 5 years with the IRS. Lover of Rebecca Vilas. Husband of Marion Maxton & Father of Trey and Ashley. Killed by Charles Burnside using a set of garden shears
May, Billy
Musician mentioned in passing
McGurk, Black Jack
Mentioned in a movie starring Lily Cavanaugh
McGwire, Mark
Baseball player. On a poster in Tyler Marshall's Room. He is Tyler's idol
McKay, Steamy
Elderly shoe-shine who worked outside the French Landing library
Metzger, Mrs.
Mother of Ronnie Metzger
Metzger, Ronnie
He was one of the 3 boys that were with Tyler Marshall shortly before he disappeared. Had a minor speech impediment
Meyerhoff, Ada
Resident at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Miller, Glen
Musician mentioned in passing
Mizzle, ?
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
Monroe, Vaugn
Author mentioned in passing
Moon, Lester (Stinky Cheese)
Bartender at the Sand Bar
Moon, Mrs.
Mother of Lester Moon. Cooked at the Sand Bar
Mooney, Ralph
Wrote the song "Crazy" that was sung by Patsy Cline
Morton, Elvena
Housekeeper of Henry Leyden
Murrow, Edward R.
Reporter mentioned in passing
Nabokov, Vladimir
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Neary, Floyd
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau. Brother of Frank
Neary, Frank
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau. Brother of Floyd
Nestler, Paul
Part time police officer in French Landing
Normandie, Mrs.
6th grade teacher of Tansy Freneau
O'Keefe, Georgia
Artist whose posters are in Dr Spiegelman's office at the French County Lutheran Hospital
O'Neal, Nancy
Character played by Lily Cavanaugh
O'Neal, Shaquille
On a poster in Tyler Marshall's Room
Oakley, Annie
Mentioned in passing
Oop, Alley
Mentioned in passing
Osgood, Mrs.
Mother of Susan Osgood. Lived in Idaho
Osgood, Susan (Bear Girl)
Common-law wife of Armand St. Pierre, and mother of Amy St. Pierre
Oswald, Lee Harvey
Mentioned in passing
Overseers, The
Keep the Wheels turning in the Big Combination. Green Skin and Yellow Eyes
Packard, Estelle
Name that Jack Sawyer called a woman in D Ward of the French County Lutheran Hospital
Parker, Charlie
Musician mentioned in passing
Parker, Lester (Speedy)
In dream of Jack Sawyers. A friend of Jack's as a child. A blues singer. Twinner of Parkus. He saves the life of Jack Sawyer when he takes him into the Territories after he is fatally wounded by Wanda Kinderling
Patel, Rajan
Day clerk at the 7-Eleven in French Landing
Paycheck, Johnny
Singer mentioned in passing
Penniman, ?
Wanted George Rathburn to star on ESPN's national radio show, but he refused.
Pentle, Miss
Lived with Miss Graham in the house they named "Honeysuckle"
Perlman, S.J.
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Plotsky, ?
Neighbor of Fred Marshall
Poe, Edgar Alan
Poet who wrote "The Raven"
Poirot, Hercule
Character in a book, mentioned in passing
Porter, Farfield
Jack Sawyer owned some of this artist's work
Porter, Georgette
Worked at the Maxton Elder Care Faciliy. Once caught Charles Burnside masturbating. Killed by Charles Burnside using garden Shears
Potter, George
Lived in room 314 of the Nelson Hotel. Stopped Charles Burnside from getting a housing estate contract in the late 1970's, and went bankrupt in the 1990's. He was set up for the murders of the children by Charles Burnside using photographs. Has cancer, with only a few months to live.
Potter, Harry
Mentioned in passing
Praetorious, Elvar
36-year-old Swedish Tourist who was beaten up by 3 men in French Landing during the murders of the children
Presley, Elvis
Singer mentioned in passing
Proust, Marcel
Author to be read in the future by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Purvis, Deke
Lives on Maid Marion Way in French Landing. Husband of Enid Purvis
Purvis, Enid
Wife of Deke Purvis. Rang Fred Marshall at work when she heard Judy Marshall scream
Queen, Ellery
Author mentioned in passing
Rack, ?
Acting head nurse on Ward D of the French County Lutheran Hospital, when Nurse Bond was not on duty
Raggedy, Ann
Mentioned in passing
Railsback, Andrew
70-year-old man who lived in room 307 of the Nelson Hotel
Rakine, Josella
From Bating, England. Escaped to our world when the Big Combination was destroyed
Ramone, Dee Dee
Musician mentioned by Bobby Dulas
Rathburn, Mrs.
Mother of George Rathburn
Reagan, Ronald
Former President of the USA
Redding, John P.
FBI agent that is keeping an eye on the murders in French Landing
Redford, Robert
Actor who played Roy Hobbs in a movie
Reese, Pokey
Baseball Player mentioned in passing
Reilly, Harry
Friend of Mouse Baumann after College. Murdered by Sal Turso. Had his head cut off
Renniker, Ellen
Mother of T J Renniker
Renniker, T.J.
He was one of the 3 boys that were with Tyler Marshall shortly before he disappeared. Son of Ellen Renniker
Rockwell, Norman
Artist mentioned in passing
Roeper, Herb
Barber in French Landing
Rosen, Morris
U-Crew summer intern from WU at KDCU-AM
Rosen, Mr.
Father of Morris Rosen
Rouncewell, Mrs.
Character in the book "Bleak House"
Royal, Roy
Barber in French Landing. Husband of Tillie Royal
Royal, Tillie
Wife of Roy Royal
Ruckelman, Erland
Brother of Teddy Ruckelman
Runkleman, Teddy
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau
Saknessum, Freddy
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau
Sandburg, Carl
Mentioned in passing
Sanger, Doodles
Tried to get to Ed's Eats and Dawgs to see the investigation into the death of Irma Freneau. Party girl that used to work at the Nelson Hotel 10 years ago
Sanger, Mr.
Father of Doodles Sanger
Sawyer, Jack
Retired LA homicide detective living in Tamarack
Sawyer, Jack (Hollywood)
Retired police officer from LA. Bought a house in French Landing from Dale Gilbertson, who he met when involved with the arrest of Thornberg Kinderling, and became good friends with Henry Leyden and helped with the investigation into the Fisherman. Saved the life of Tyler Marshall, and helped over 750 Children escape from the Big Combination, which was destroyed by Tyler Marshall. Shot fatally by Wanda Kinderling, but recovered from the wounds because he was taken into the Territories by Speedy Parker
Sawyer, Lily
Mother of Jack Sawyer. An actress in many "B Grade" movies. Dead. Married name of Lily Cavanaugh
Sawyer, Phillip Stevenson
Father of Jack Sawyer and husband of Lily Sawyer. Died when Jack was a child.
Sawyer, Tom
Fictional character mentioned in passing
Schwartzenegger, Arnold
Actor mentioned in passing
Seals, Chuck
Wrote the song "Crazy Arms" that was sung by Patsy Cline
Seger, Bob
Singer mentioned in passing
Selig, Bud
Baseball pitcher
Sexson, Richie
Played for the Milwaukee Brewers
Shake, Henry
Alias of Henry Leyden. A radio announcer
Shaw, Artie
Musician played at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance by Symphonic Stan, the Big-band Man
Shellbarger, Franky
Loan officer at the First Farmers bank
Sinatra, Frank
Musician played at the Maxton Elder Care Facility Strawberry Fest dance by Symphonic Stan, the Big-band Man
Sloat, Morgan
Partner of Phillip Sawyer. He ripped the family off for many millions after the death of Phillip.
Sloat, Richard
Friend of Jack Sawyer as a child. Now head of the law firm Sloat and Associates. Twinner of Morgan of Orris.
Slow Mutants, The
Live in the Blasted Lands
Smith, George
Day manager of the Nelson Hotel
Snyder, Gary
Author mentioned in passing
Soderholm, Roy
Owner Roy's Store in French Landing
Soule, Howie
The V-Crew engineer at KDCU-AM
Speaking Demon, The
Mentioned by Parkus as once having inhabited an area
Spiegleman, Dr.
Doctor of Judy Marshall in ward D of the French County Lutheran Hospital
Springer, Jerry
TV Show personality
St Pierre, Amy
8-year-old girl murdered by the "Fisherman". Found with her liver and tongue eaten. The first victim. Daughter of Armand St. Pierre and Susan Osgood
St Pierre, Armand (Beezer)
One of the Thunder Five who worked for Kingsland Ale. Father of Amy St. Pierre. Helped Jack Sawyer with the investigation into the Murders by the Fisherman.
Stein, Gertrude
Author mentioned in passing
Stern, Howard
Radio personality mentioned in passing
Stevens, Pam
Police officer in French Landing.
Strassner, William (Kaiser Bill)
One of the Thunder Five who worked at Kingsland Ale. Helped Jack Sawyer with the investigation into the Murders by the Fisherman.
Strode, Woody
Black actor who worked with Lily Cavanaugh
Strummer, Joe
Henry Leyden hires a post box under this name to post in the tapes of the "Wisconsin Rat" into KWLA radio station
Stutz, Samuel
Photographer in French Landing
Summerson, Esther
Character in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
Supremes, The
Dirtysperm did a cover of one of their songs
Syverson, Mrs.
Resident at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Tcheda, Danny
One of 14 full time RMP Cops in French Landing
Teach, Edward
Pirate
Tedesco, Iliana
UCLA History student who had a relationship with Jack Sawyer
Temperly, Daisy
Patient of Doc Amberson who was given the wrong dose of medicine after her 3rd surgery after a car accident. She died as a result of Doc Amberson's mistake. Had blond hair & brown eyes.
Tessier, Kirby
Police partner of Jack Sawyer in 1997
Thatcher, Becky
Mentioned in passing
Therriault, Ernie
Retired cop that sometimes does the night dispatch in French Landing & Some private security work at the banks.
Thorvaldson, Thorvald
In room D12 of the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Throneberry, Irving
Friend of Andrew Railsback. Lived in the Nelson hotel
Thurber, James
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Tisbury, Rod
Chief mechanic at French County Farm Equipment
Topham, Turner
Pedophile from Londinorium, 3 worlds over from ours. Died in the street when the Big Combination was destroyed
Towns, Bill
In a movie with Lily Cavanaugh
Turso, Sal
Friend of Mouse Baumann after College. Convicted of Second Degree murder of Harry Reilly, and hung himself 6 months later
Updahl, Duane
Owned a place in French Landing
Updike, Smokey
Mentioned in passing
Usher, Roderick
Thought of by Jack Sawyer
Van Dusen, Bertha
Old woman with bow legs
Vanche, Warren
Singer listened to by Henry Leyden
Vermes, Geza
Author on first century Christianity
Vilas, Rebecca
Works at the Maxton Elder Care Facility as the secretary of William Maxton. Lover of William Maxton
Walker, Ardis
Runs the Bait shop in French Landing, Wallflowers, Band mentioned in passing
Wanderly, Don
Brother of Milton Wanderly
Wanderly, Milton
School teacher who disappeared. His face was seen stretched on a board in the library of the Black House. Brother of Don Wanderly
Warren, Beth
French Landing town treasurer
Watson
Helper of Sherlock Holmes
Wayne, Bruce
Mentioned in passing
Wayne, John
Actor
Weathers, ?
4 Unnamed Children of Alice Weathers
Weathers, Alice
In the single resident room D10 of the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Taught piano
Weathers, Martin
Son of Alice Weathers
Webb, Chick
Mentioned in passing
Welk, Lawrence
Author mentioned in passing
Wexler, Ebbie
Son of Pete Wexler. He was one of the 3 boys that were with Tyler Marshall shortly before he disappeared.
Wexler, Pete
Cleaner at the Maxton Elder Care Facility. Father of Ebbie Wexler. Sometimes mean to the residents
Whitestone, Norma
Doctor of Tansy Freneau. Associate of Pat Skarda
Wickman, ?
Baseball Player mentioned in passing
Wiggins, Tom
KDCU-AM station manager
Willeford, Charles
Author read by Jack Sawyer to Henry Leyden
Winfrey, Oprah
TV Show Host
Wisconsin Rat, The
Announcer on KWLA who did the evening Drive-Time program. Really Henry Leyden.
Witch, The
From the childrens story Hansel & Gretel
Wold, Chesney
Character in the book "Bleak House"
Woods, Tiger
Golfer mentioned in passing
Wyeth, Andrew
Artist mentioned in passing
Yerxa, ?
Son of Butch Yerxa. Made his father a paperweight that was used to hit Tyler Marshall
Yerxa, Butch
Works at the Maxton Elder Care Facility
Young, Lester
Musician listened to by Jack Sawyer
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