Stephen King publishes The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon (1999) is a psychological horror novel by Stephen King. In 2004, a pop-up book adaptation was released, designed by Kees Moerbeek and illustrated by Alan Dingman.

The novel also features many classic mythological and cultural themes. The entity that stalks Trisha referred to in the novel as "The God of the Lost" is very similar to the wendigo, a predatory demon from Native American mythology that was said to inhabit the forests of the northeastern United States and Canada, and was said to torment humans lost in the woods before eventually devouring them. Another theme common to Native American cultures as well as cultures around the world is the concept of the ordeal, a rite of passage in which a candidate must prove him or her self by braving a dangerous or daunting task or undertaking to be considered an adult.