So yes, I've already mentioned Roadwork in a previous post, and how the highway being built through Bart Dawes neighborhood is Hwy. 478 (4 + 7 + 8= 19). And it was brought to my attention that the #19 did not hold any (official) relevance until Song of Susannah, which is valid. But I suggested that perhaps the #19 has been relevant inside of Sai King's brain for a lot longer!
I dunno why.... reading Roadwork has just given me the chills. The story is great. The character is Bart Dawes is fascinating... a tragic character if there ever was one. Another "beautiful loser" in the universe of Sai King. But the whole thing about Hwy. 478 adding up to 19, has just given me the feeling that this story has *some* deeper connection to the DT.
We know the world of Mr. Dawes is a parrallel Earth... as there is a pro football team called The Mustangs (ah, those slight differences in the Keystone world and of the other many worlds). So we know Dawes is living in "another world". And there are a couple of references to Dawes' life being so bad that it can't be real... that he must just be a character in a bad novel, written by a bad author. It just made me think of Sai King on the Keystone Earth spinning the tale of Bart Dawes. Gan... I meant...
And just when things cant get any odder... Dawes goes to a New Years party, and he runs into a "street preacher" named Phil Drake. We learn he used to be a Priest, but was, for lack of a better term, not allowed back. He refuses to let Dawes call him "father'. Drake is described as being a tall gentleman, about 60 years old. I cant help but wonder if this was Pere Callahan on his travels on the hidden highways.
Yes, I understand this novel pre-dates Song of Susannah and Wolves of the Calla, but... I think King knew..... I just know this novel is more deeply connected to the DT than people give credit for.