-> It's a long walk back to Eden, sweetheart, so don't sweat the small stuff.

''Insomnia'' is a novel written by Creator/StephenKing.

Ralph Roberts, an elderly widower, is suffering from insomnia. Soon he begins to see things that are invisible to others--auras that represent people's life forces and little bald men who are present at the homes of the dying. Soon Ralph discovers that the fate of the universe is resting on his shoulders.

No relation to the [[Film/{{Insomnia}} film of the same name]].

!!This story provides examples of:
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Little Bald Doctors.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Or level of [[Franchise/TheDarkTower the Tower]] for Ralph and Lois.
--> '''Clotho:''' Remember that these things exist on a different level of reality from the one where you are now!
* AxCrazy: Atropos and [[spoiler: Ed Deepneau.]]
* BalancingDeathsBooks: [[spoiler: Thanks to Atropos, Natalie Deapneau is set to be killed by a car. Ralph bargains with Clothos and Lachesis to exchange his life for hers.]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: [[spoiler: Patrick Danville is destined to die saving two people, one of whom is very important.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: The Crimson King]]
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler: Ralph thwarts the Crimson King's plans and later ends up sacrificing his live to save a little girl.]]
* ByTheEyesOfTheBlind: Insomnia allows Ralph to see the aura of people as well as higher powers that influence the world.
* TheCameo: Mike Hanlon from ''Literature/{{IT}}'' has a small scene at the library. Ralph also drives by the giant statue of Myth/PaulBunyan that came alive in ''IT''.
* CatchPhrase: "Hey hey, Susan Day! How many kids did you kill today?"
* CanonDiscontinuity: In the final ''Dark Tower'' novel, it's revealed that [[spoiler: ''Insomnia'' is not meant to be taken at face value. For example, while Patrick Danville appears and plays an important role, he does not die saving two people--something that was foretold that he would do.]]
* CanonWelding: Quite a bit. In addition to taking place in the fictional town of Derry, Maine and featuring assorted references to ''IT'', the book also ties into ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' and introduces two major characters, the [[BigBad Crimson King]] and Patrick Danville. Ralph also makes a small appearance in ''Literature/BagOfBones'' [[spoiler: that takes place before his death.]] There's even a passing reference to ''Literature/PetSematary''.
* CoolOldGuy: Ralph.
* CosmicHorrorStory
* CreepySouvenir: Atropos takes an item as a souvenir from the people he 'kills'.
* DivingSave: [[spoiler:The main character pulls the Heroic Sacrifice version at the climax, to save his friend's daughter from a speeding car.]]
* DomesticAbuse: Ed Deapneau to his wife.
* DontFearTheReaper: Clotho and Lachesis treat the dying with respect; Ralph becomes convinced that they're not evil after he sees them ending the life of one of his old friends. Atropos, on the other hand...
* DoorStopper
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Atropos]]
* EarAche: Ralph cuts off one of Atropos' ears.
* EldritchAbomination: The Crimson King.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Ed Deapneau still loves his family to the point when [[spoiler:he plans to crash his plane into the civic center he has a photo of them on the cockpit so they can be the last thing that he sees before he dies.]]
* TheGodsMustBeLazy: [[spoiler:One of the Bald Men actually says that "Purpose" prefers to have people deal with the problems instead of taking care of them itself.]]
* TheGrimReaper: The Little Bald Doctors.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: A large chunk of the novel deals with Ralph dealing with his insomnia and serves as a rumination on age and death. The cosmic plot only picks up a couple of hundred pages into the book.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Ralph makes a deal with Clotho and Lachesis to die in the place of Natalie Deapneau.]]
* TheInsomniac: Ralph, which allows him to see people's auras and supernatural entities. [[spoiler:Lois is revealed to be one too.]]
* IronicNurseryTune: Atropos repeatedly sings a skipping song, while skipping with a skipping rope that he stole:
-->Three, six, nine
-->The goose drank wine...
* MythologyGag: Several. Notably, Raplh finds a pair of shoes belonging to the little boy who died from ''Literature/PetSematary''.
* PaintingTheMedium: Certain characters' telepathic thoughts fade out and back in, signifying that something is wrong with them. The text of their thoughts actually fades into illegibility, then becomes clear and readable again.
* SaveThisPersonSaveTheWorld: The story culminates in the main characters racing against time to save the life of a young boy named Patrick...whom they've never met, never actually meet during the course of the novel, and whose importance is never quite fully explained in the book either. All they know is that the fate of the universe depends on them saving this one boy. [[spoiler:The boy later grows up and becomes a pivotal character in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''.]]
* SecondLove: Ralph and Lois for each other; they were both HappilyMarried and widowed.
* SoulCuttingBlade: The Little Bald Doctors' scissors. For Clothos and Lachesis, at least; Atropos uses a rusty scalpel.
* StraightGay: Ralph's friend, Bill [=McGovern=]. He's an old man with no active sex life and he doesn't have any stereotypically gay mannerisms, so when he offhandly mentions it, it comes completely out of the blue for the reader.
* SuicideAttack: [[spoiler: Ed Deepneau tries to crash a plane into the Derry Civic Center to kill Patrick Danville.]]
* TragicMonster: [[spoiler: Implied with Ed Deepneau.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Atropos throws a tantrum whenever his plans are thwarted.
* WeirdnessSearchAndRescue: The Three Bald Doctors. Two of them, Clothos and Lachesis, were benevolent; the third, Atropos, was decidedly not.
* [[GirlNextDoor Widow 'Cross the Way]]. Not a "girl next door" in the traditional sense, but hey, why not? Lois.