A few quick notes, having finished it a few nights ago, with not much more to add to the previous post:
--The writing itself--not the creepiness, or the scary things that happened, or any of the plot, just the writing itself--was inspired and inspiring, making the book as a whole worthy of its many awards that year. More than usual, he just chose the right words.
--Interesting about the leukemia that Devore's daughter had. No reason for it, really, except that I think King very much wanted Devore himself to be the one at the end, in her body, and the best way for her to look like him, and to be him, would be to lose her hair. Which she would do, with leukemia. I'm reminded of the really creepy Roland DeBay, long dead, who was seen to be driving Christine at the end, rather than Arnie.
--Character names and how they fit:
Max Devore: What does he do to everyone and everything thought to be in his way? He devours them. Chews them up and spits them out. He can do so with money, power, or setting fires. For more obvious character names and how they fit, see Leland Gaunt (Needful Things), Jack Sawyer (The Talisman), Jack and Danny Torrance (How do they feel the shining? In waves, or torrents.)