The Monster at the End of This Book Allusions

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Castiel: You should have seen Luke

Referencing one of the 12 apostles and writer of part of the New Testament

Publisher: He's very private, like Salinger.

Referencing J.D. Salinger, the author of the 1951 novel Catcher in the Rye. Salinger was a very reclusive and private person.

Chuck: Is this some kind of Misery thing?

Referencing the 1987 novel by Stephen King. In it an obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, captures Paul Sheldon, author of the Misery Gothic romance novels. She alternately praises and tortures him into writing a new novel featuring her beloved her character. she insists she's Sheldon's "Number One Fan." The novel was made into a movie in 1990.

Chuck: That's like M. Night-level douchiness.

Referencing M. Night Shyamalan, famous writer and director of such movies as The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Signs (2002), The Village (2004), and Lady in the Water (2006), known for both his twist endings and a tendency to write himself into his own movies as a character.


The entire Chuck character seems to be an homage for Stephen King, who in the final two books of his Dark Tower/Gunslinger series finds himself face-to-face with his own supposedly fictional characters in a similar meta-situation. Although his came from another dimension instead of his own world, they found him to be a drunk writer who doubts their existence during a very similar confrontation scene in his kitchen. In a similar style, they find he has been writing their stories almost verbatim after receiving them through means of divine inspiration. He also also protected from on-high and part of some grander plan and told to keep writing when he wants to stop.

Agents DeYoung and Shaw

Referencing Dennis DeYoung, founding member and vocalist and Tommy Shaw, guitarist for the rock band Styx. Styx was the first band to have four consecutive albums certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.


References The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover by Jon Stone. In it Grover tries to warn the reader not to read further because there is a monster at the end.

Chuck: It's very Vonnegut.

Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007. American novelist. His style was a blend of satire, black humor and science fiction. Well known novels include, Slaughterhouse-Five and Cats Cradle which are mentioned in the episode. The character Kilgore Trout appears frequently in Vonneguts novels and is thought to be Vonnegut's alter ego in his novels.

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