Stephen King publishes The Tommyknockers
The Tommyknockers is a 1987 horror novel by Stephen King.
While maintaining a horror style, the novel is more of an excursion into the realm of science fiction for King, as the residents of the Maine town of Haven gradually fall under the influence of a mysterious object buried in the woods.
In his autobiography, On Writing, King attributes the basic premise to the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. It also draws fairly obvious parallels with the classic 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1959 novelette The Big Front Yard by Clifford Simak. King wrote the book during a period of acknowledged substance abuse, and has written that he realized later on that the novel was a metaphor for that addiction.