This novel contains examples of:
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: When Mark manages to struggle out of his bonds using Harry Houdini techniques and overpower Straker.
- Ben staking the hell out of Barlow who looks on in rage and shock.
- Fridge Logic: How did Barlow enter Mark's family's home without an invitation first?
- Fridge Brilliance: We later learn in the The Dark Tower that Barlow really is 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.
- Tear Jerker: 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:
- Retroactive Recognition: In this version, Mark Petrie is played by Dan Byrd who would later be known as Travis Cobb.
- The Woobie: 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.