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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Linda Gray's spirit is laid to rest and her murderer is finally discovered, but Mike eventually succumbs to his illness and dies.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Linda Gray's spirit is laid to rest and her murderer is finally discovered, but Mike eventually succumbs to his illness and dies.]] Oh, and Joyland ends up bankrupt two years after the events of the story]].


* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Most people who see Linda Gray's ghost assume she is either a slightly creepy waxwork model in the House of Horrors (due entirely to her outstretched hands and pleading look - she's certainly not blood-covered or semi-transparent), and she seems to look more or less like a living person when she appears. [[spoiler:Dev never sees her for himself, so he (and the reader) have to rely on other characters' reports of her manifestations.]]

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Most people who see Linda Gray's ghost assume she is either a slightly creepy waxwork model in the House of Horrors (due entirely to her outstretched hands and pleading look - she's certainly not blood-covered or semi-transparent), and she seems to look more or less like a living person when she appears. [[spoiler:Dev never sees her for himself, so he (and the reader) have to rely on other characters' reports of her manifestations.]]]] The same goes for the ghost of [[spoiler:Eddie. According to Mike, he looked just like a regular human, not white and/or transparent]].

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* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler:The Carny Killer flat out refuses to believe that Dev didn't figure out his identity untill the very night the killer decided to confront him, since he knew Dev had been doing his own research for a while now]].


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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The Carny Killer is revealed to be Lane Hardy, an employee at Joyland whom Dev befriended]].


* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie, one of the old workers at the park. [[spoiler:[[HiddenDepths It turns out he used to have a family.]] His daughter was hit by a car and died alone and his wife ended up leaving him not long after. After Dev saves him from his heart attack, he matter of factly says "You should have let me died. That way I could be with my daughter".]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie, one of the old workers at the park. [[spoiler:[[HiddenDepths It turns out he used to have a family.]] His daughter was hit by a car and died alone and his wife ended up leaving him not long after. After Dev saves him from his heart attack, he matter of factly says "You "[[UnwantedRescue You should have let me died.died]]. That way I could be with my daughter".]]

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* NightmareSequence: The night after he saved [[spoiler:Eddie]] from a heart attack, Dev has a dream in which he has to do the same to Fred Dean, but the moment he tries mouth to mouth resuscitation, [[SpidersAreScary spiders]] come crawling out of Fred's mouth and into Dev's.

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* TakeThat: To religious fanatics with HolierThanThou mentality, like Annie's father.
-->'''Mrs. Shoplaw''': I can't understand why people use religion to hurt each other when there's already so much pain in the world. Religion is supposed to comfort.

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* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler:Since the story is narrated by Dev himself years after the facts, you already know from the start that he will be fine]].



* AccidentalHero: Dev maintains he is one, which is probably true.



** AccidentalHero: Dev maintains he is one, which is probably also true.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Just one manifestation of [[spoiler:Mike's]] powerful psychic abilities.

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* ISeeDeadPeople:
** AccidentalHero: Dev maintains he is one, which is probably also true.
* ISeeDeadPeople:
Just one manifestation of [[spoiler:Mike's]] powerful psychic abilities.



* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie, one of the old workers at the park. [[spoiler: [[HiddenDepths It turns out he used to have a family.]] His daughter was hit by a car and died alone and his wife ended up leaving him not long after. After Dev saves him from his heart attack, he matter of factly says "You should have let me died. That way I could be with my daughter".]]
** [[spoiler: PetTheDog: Eddie has another heart attack, dying the same night Dev has been brought to Joyland by Linda Gray's killer. His ghost warns Mike about it and it is thanks to him that Annie was able to show up just in time to save Dev.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Eddie, one of the old workers at the park. [[spoiler: [[HiddenDepths [[spoiler:[[HiddenDepths It turns out he used to have a family.]] His daughter was hit by a car and died alone and his wife ended up leaving him not long after. After Dev saves him from his heart attack, he matter of factly says "You should have let me died. That way I could be with my daughter".]]
** [[spoiler: PetTheDog: Eddie has another heart attack, dying the same night Dev has been brought to Joyland by Linda Gray's killer. His ghost warns Mike about it and it is thanks to him that Annie was able to show up just in time to save Dev.
]]



* NiceGuy: Tom Kennedy easily wins over everyone he meets by the sheer power of his niceness.
** [[spoiler:Dev admits that Erin's second husband is probably one too, but can't bear to meet him even years after Tom's death.]]

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* NiceGuy: NiceGuy:
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Tom Kennedy easily wins over everyone he meets by the sheer power of his niceness.
** [[spoiler:Dev admits that Erin's second husband is probably one too, one, but can't bear to meet him even years after Tom's death.]]



* PetTheDog: [[spoiler:Eddie has a second heart attack, dying the same night Dev has been brought to Joyland by Linda Gray's killer. His ghost warns Mike about it and it is thanks to him that Annie was able to show up just in time to save Dev.]]



* PsychicPowers: Rozzie Gold, a.k.a. Madame Fortuna, is Joyland's resident fortune teller with a minor but genuine talent for her art: 90% of what she says is bullshit based on ColdReading, but the other 10% is eerily accurate and impossible to fake.

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* PsychicPowers: PsychicPowers:
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Rozzie Gold, a.k.a. Madame Fortuna, is Joyland's resident fortune teller with a minor but genuine talent for her art: 90% of what she says is bullshit based on ColdReading, but the other 10% is eerily accurate and impossible to fake.



* RedHerring: A very minor example. [[spoiler:One of the victims attributed to the Carny Killer doesn't fit the pattern - she was of a different racial background (a black girl, whereas all the others were white blondes) and was raped before her throat was cut, unlike the others. It's implied that her place in the pattern threw the police off the trail of the real killer. Dev and Erin discount her from their list of victims; although it doesn't help them identify the killer, it provides a clearer pattern and possible motive.]]
** On a similar note, [[spoiler:there are some hints that Eddie wears gloves to cover up the tattoos that the killer had in the pictures. When Dev removes his gloves, he discovers that Eddie just has psoriasis. Later on, the tattoos themselves are revealed to be red herrings; the killer used temporary tattoos to throw off the police.]]

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* RedHerring: A very minor example. RedHerring:
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[[spoiler:One of the victims attributed to the Carny Killer doesn't fit the pattern - she was of a different racial background (a black girl, whereas all the others were white blondes) and was raped before her throat was cut, unlike the others. It's implied that her place in the pattern threw the police off the trail of the real killer. Dev and Erin discount her from their list of victims; although it doesn't help them identify the killer, it provides a clearer pattern and possible motive.]]
** On a similar note, [[spoiler:there There are some hints that Eddie [[spoiler:Eddie wears gloves to cover up the tattoos that the killer had in the pictures. When Dev removes his gloves, he discovers that Eddie just has psoriasis. Later on, the tattoos themselves are revealed to be red herrings; the killer used temporary tattoos to throw off the police.]]


** They're both actually more like Cool Middle Aged Ladies, but since Dev and co. are all twenty or twenty-one they definitely see them this way.



** Notably, though, none of these revelations actually take place during the book's concluding sections, but are interspersed throughout the story whenever they occur to him, causing him to go off on something of a tangent.


* MeaningfulName: The fact that Annie is a crack shot leads to a number of ''AnnieGetYourGun'' references. Even further {{Lampshaded}} when she plays a game at Joyland's shooting gallery, which is named Annie Oakley's Shootin' Gallery.

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* MeaningfulName: The fact that Annie is a crack shot leads to a number of ''AnnieGetYourGun'' ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun'' references. Even further {{Lampshaded}} when she plays a game at Joyland's shooting gallery, which is named Annie Oakley's Shootin' Gallery.


* FacialHorror: In a vein very similar to what was once caused by a [[ImprovisedWeapon toaster]] in Literature/TheLangoliers, [[spoiler: Annie shoots the Carny Killer at the book's climax and just about vaporizes his face, palette, and upper jaw. King's description of the resulting carnage ranks the perp's death among the highest in his mythos as far as the gruesome factor goes.]]

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* FacialHorror: In a vein very similar to what was once caused by a [[ImprovisedWeapon toaster]] in Literature/TheLangoliers, [[spoiler: Annie shoots the Carny Killer with a hunting rifle at the book's climax and just about vaporizes his face, palette, and upper jaw. As one might imagine, King's description of the resulting carnage ranks the perp's death among the highest in his mythos as far as the gruesome factor goes.]]

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* FacialHorror: In a vein very similar to what was once caused by a [[ImprovisedWeapon toaster]] in Literature/TheLangoliers, [[spoiler: Annie shoots the Carny Killer at the book's climax and just about vaporizes his face, palette, and upper jaw. King's description of the resulting carnage ranks the perp's death among the highest in his mythos as far as the gruesome factor goes.]]


Released in June 2013, ''Joyland'' is StephenKing's second novel for the Hard Case Crime imprint, following ''The Colorado Kid'' (2005). The novel is primarily a murder mystery/thriller, but considering who the author is, it should come as no surprise that there are significant supernatural elements involved, too.

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Released in June 2013, ''Joyland'' is StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's second novel for the Hard Case Crime imprint, following ''The Colorado Kid'' (2005). The novel is primarily a murder mystery/thriller, but considering who the author is, it should come as no surprise that there are significant supernatural elements involved, too.

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