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So, rereading Firestarter and Came Across This...

Discussion in 'Firestarter' started by Zone D Dad, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    ...on page 202 of my library's edition (white hardcover with Charlie's face on the cover somewhat obscured by flames:

    "Eleven doctors and psychologists had put the combination report and prospectus together under the overall direction of Dr. Patrick Hockstetter, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He was, in Cap's opinion, one of the ten or twelve most astute minds at the Shop's disposal..."

    Now of course we all know how SK likes to connect his works together, but this obviously has no connection to the character that we find in IT. This is the first time that I've ever noticed Mr. King to use the same character name in two completely separate novels, even for minor characters. James Ellroy is notorious for doing this, giving several characters the same or similar names in his novels. I've gotten used to it, but this one really stuck out for me.

    Apologies if everyone has already discussed this and I'm just late to the party...
  2. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Initially he intended to use Dr. Denton Cooley, but that was already taken.
  3. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    'There are other worlds than these'
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  4. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    I believe he used the name Ray Garraty a few times but, presently, can only be sure of him using it in The Long Walk.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ....with such a community of characters, repetition is not shocking-a fun find but no mystery connections....
  6. Constant Reader XIX

    Constant Reader XIX Active Member

    Hockstetter was the
    flying leech kid; correct? Bowers's hand-puppet?

    In IT, I mean, of course.

    (Isn't Firestarter great, though!?! One of my favorites! BACK OFF! I love it more upon every reading!)

    I have read things more than once, but I don't believe in re-reading anymore.

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  7. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    Yes. It probably would've slipped right by me, but he was quite the memorable character in IT, even though ultimately very minor. I'm very much enjoying Firestarter. Hope to have it finished by the end of the week.
  8. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    So I finished it, but the board was out of commission. Have to say that I enjoyed it and glad that I went back to it. Is it one of the best? No - definitely not, but it still had that old school SK feel to it that I love from the early days (Salem's Lot, The Dead Zone, etc), even if it did read more like a Bachman book to me. John Rainbird was the most interesting character for me, a pretty good villain me thinks. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but how exactly do you end a tale like that anyway? You can't please everyone...

    Now that I've returned that one, I'm on to Bazaar of Bad Dreams. I've always enjoyed SK's short stories.
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  9. recitador

    recitador Speed Reader

    it seems like i noticed a name or two in some of his novels that were essentially the same or very similar (maybe same unusual last name?), but considering how many i've read it doesn't immediately spring to mind. one of them might have been tommyknockers? at least my brain is telling me so. i wanna say it's a couple of the bigger ones with large casts. i'll eventually re-read them and figure it out i'm sure.
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  10. HisAngelBaby1212

    HisAngelBaby1212 New Member

    I am reading this again too and made the same connection and had to go look to see if it was the same name. It definitely wasn't intentional but still made me stop and think because the dark tower does intentionally do this exact same thing. Welcome to the world of SK!
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  11. FlakeNoir

    FlakeNoir Original Kiwi© SKMB® Moderator

    Welcome to the site, HisAngelBaby1212. :smile:
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  12. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

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  14. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to SKMB

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