!!This novel contains examples of:
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: When Mark [[spoiler:manages to struggle out of his bonds using Harry Houdini techniques and overpower Straker]].
** [[spoiler: Ben staking the hell out of Barlow who looks on in rage and shock]].
* FridgeLogic: How did Barlow enter Mark's family's home without an invitation first?
** FridgeBrilliance: We later learn [[spoiler:in the Franchise/TheDarkTower that Barlow really is [[TimeAbyss far older than Christianity itself]], so it's probably safe to assume that being so powerful he was able to ignore this rule.]]
*** This is similar to how Barlow isn't repelled by a crucifix that isn't held by a true believer, and can affect mortals even when he's dormant in his coffin.
** For that matter, how the hell did Danny Glick (a just-turned vampire not ''nearly'' as powerful as Barlow) enter the [=McDougall=] household without an invitation? If he was invited, who the hell could have invited him in? The ''baby''?
* HilariousInHindsight: King is a big [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Boston Red Sox]] fan, and at one point he has Ben and the Nortons discussing the team's "fading pennant chances" during a visit. As it happened, the very week the novel was published the Red Sox had won the pennant and were playing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_World_Series one of the most memorable World Series of all time]].
* JerkAssWoobie: Sandy [=McDougall=]. She abuses her baby, but she is only seventeen, stuck in a loveless shotgun marriage and living in a rundown trailer. She also feels sick with guilt about her abuse of her child.
* TearJerker: Danny Glick's funeral, with his father jumping into his grave onto his coffin, trying to get him to 'come out' and stop 'playing tricks' on him and his mother; ending with his despair that he "can't be dead. He's only twelve fucking years old".
!!The 2004 miniseries contains examples of:
* RetroactiveRecognition: In this version, Mark Petrie is played by Dan Byrd who would later be known as [[CougarTown Travis Cobb]].
* TheWoobie: Dud Rodgers, who despite having a hunched back and living in a landfill, was happy and good natured. Then Ruth dumps him and her dad has his best friend fire him. Then the Barlow makes him an offer.
** TearJerker: Poor guy deserved better.