The Colorado Kid (2005) – Stephen King

I’m a fan of Stephen King, as most people who follow the blog would know, as they have seen me revisit some of my favourite stories and novels. I was also a huge fan of the television show, Haven, when it aired, delighting in the tie-ins it made to the worlds King had created.

But I had never read the short novel, The Colorado Kid, which served as the inspiration for the series.

Until now.

The tale would delight and intrigue Haven fans, as a number of characters are recognisable, though instead of Haven, the Maine island town is called Moose-Lookit, as well as mystery fans.

I like to think that this story nudges up against mysterious events of a King novel that we will never know. It’s like something incredible, and possibly terrifying happened, and our characters, newspaper men Dave and Vince (Bowie and Teague – not brothers as in the series), as well as their intern, Stephanie, discuss it, hash it out, and are unable to make any sense of it.

Dave and Vince recount an unsolved mystery to their intern, about the Colorado Kid. Found one morning but a pair of highschoolers, a dead body seated upon a litterbin on a beach is discovered. No wallet or ID is found, a chewed piece of steak is lodged in his throat, a Russian ruble in his pocket, and a cigarette pack missing a single cigarette.

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The more the two newspapermen dug into the story, the more perplexing it became, as they discover the man’s commonplace identity – he came from Colrado, but somehow, miraculously ended up in Maine but the timeframe never worked – hinting at something unusual.

And there are so many more little unsolvables along the way. King lays out pieces, that refuse to make a picture, and it makes for a fascinating read. It leaves you puzzling over what this man from Colorado experience, what occurred for him to flee to a remote beach in the Maine off-season… and what happened when he was there.

King’s style works quite well for telling this story of mystery, with no through-line, no resolution, and just mystery.

I imagine similar things must happen to the characters on the edges of his novels, people coming to investigate ‘Salems Lot after the events occurred there, or just the Average Joe unlucky enough to live in Derry, or a chambermaid at the Overlook. The common person who doesn’t get involved in the events that scar and scare so many, they are left to look at the pieces and try to make them fit together.

And can’t.

This was a great and very enjoyable read, and may cause me to revisit Haven in the very near future… or dig into another King story…

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