We have all been enjoying a rather interesting fairytale, now we have a bit of a horror movie. As noted by one of our commentators, many of you will be familiar with Stephen King’s Needful Things, where a nice middle-aged gentleman decided to set up shop in a quaint little town and in this lovely shop everyone in town found what they’d always wanted.
Here we have another little story. Once upon a time there was a nice, softly spoken, well educated middle-aged gentleman in a quaint little village nestled in a lovely valley amidst scenic hills. This little village was a bit further west than Mr Leland Gaunt’s town but it was also full of people who had similar desires and experienced the same trials and tribulations as the inhabitants of Castle Rock.
In this little village, this nice gentleman helped people with various problems, he liked to be involved in the community and was keen to offer a helping hand. However, this little community was too small for this nice gentleman who was not able to travel very far, so he decided to use the internet to cast a wider net in the virtual world. In cyberspace, he could reach many areas others did not reach, and he set out to help people online.
Many people trusted this nice gentleman after he’d offered to help them or just lent them an ear when they needed someone to talk to. Often it was him who needed a friend and there were many around who were willing to listen. As a result of his involvement with a number of people, this nice gentleman was often trusted with a good deal of personal information. He received emails and phone calls where people trusted him with their issues, their feelings and their troubles.
As with Mr Gaunt of Castle Rock, all was not as it seemed. This nice gentleman would often disclose those people’s communications to others, including those who could be considered as “enemies” or “rivals”, those who did not wish them well in their endeavours, their employers and, in some cases, even the authorities. It took many years for the Beagleville authorities to wise up to the fact this nice gentleman was not always who he claimed to be and close the doors on him, yet he still saw fit to keep them in the loop so to speak, whenever he heard about a new development which could be of interest to the community of Beagleville.
Those who read the book or watched the movie will know what happened to Castle Rock after Leland Gaunt arrived in town. They will also know the story ended with him still lurking in the shadows somewhere.