“Insomnia” is a novel by Stephen King, published in 1994. It is a horror/fantasy novel that explores themes of aging, the supernatural, and the consequences of interfering with the natural order of life.
The story is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine, a setting that is familiar to readers of King’s other works, such as “IT.” The main character is Ralph Roberts, a widowed elderly man who develops insomnia after his wife’s death. As Ralph’s insomnia worsens, he begins to perceive auras and sees strange, otherworldly beings known as the “little bald doctors.” These beings are agents of a higher power, and Ralph discovers that he has been chosen for a special mission.
The plot becomes increasingly complex as Ralph is drawn into a supernatural conflict involving two elderly women who possess extraordinary powers and are engaged in a battle for the fate of the world. The novel weaves elements of horror, fantasy, and psychological drama, exploring themes of mortality, purpose, and the consequences of one’s actions.
As with many of Stephen King’s works, “Insomnia” is known for its rich character development, intricate plot, and exploration of the supernatural. It’s worth noting that while the novel features connections to King’s broader literary universe, it can be read as a standalone work.
If you enjoy King’s storytelling style, themes of the supernatural, and character-driven narratives, “Insomnia” may be a compelling addition to your reading list.