I am new here, but I've been a SK reader for a long time. I've searched the threads looking for an answer to this question, and it's driving me crazy. I apologize if it's been answered already.
Every 4th of July, I re-listen to Bag of Bones. Having just finished Joyland, I'm wondering if you can tell me if Fred Dean in Joyland is Bill Dean's father from Bag of Bones? It may just be a coincidence, but the ages kind of match up.
In my mind, it takes a lot more than a last name to make characters related. I mean, sure, if they're named something extremely distinctive -- Schwarzenegger, or something like that -- then it ups the odds. But "Dean" is an awfully common name.
Also, wouldn't Eddie Dean come to mind way before the dude from Bag of Bones?