Viking - February 2, 1987
In the realm of Delain, King Roland has two sons: Peter the firstborn and his younger brother Thomas. His wife Sasha died in childbirth when delivering Thomas. King Roland also has an advisor, named Flagg (yes, people, this is the same Flagg as from The Stand.) Flagg was responsible for the death of Sasha and he plans to kill King Roland, framing Peter, so that Thomas can be the new king of Delain instead. You see, Flagg has come back many times and has destroyed the kingdom each time. He cannot wait for the reign of Peter to be over before going to work.
I actually had to stop myself from reading too much at a time on this one. Between the fact that it is so short and the fact that there are 142 chapters means that I suffered from "Just One More" syndrome while reading this. The syndrome in question is where you decide to stop reading, but the next chapter is short, so you decide to read that, and you've already read another twenty chapters before you realize that all the chapters are short. That being said, I rejoice in this deviation from horror fiction by Stephen King; the world of Delain is richly imagined, and each of the characters are great foils to each other. King was looking for an archetypal land when he wrote this, but he did not get it. Not to say that's a bad thing.