Dick Hallorann also makes cameo appearances in other Stephen King books, including "It" (published in 1986), as a character who survived the "Black Spot" fire.

Like many other King characters and locales, Hallorann transcends the need to be limited to only one book. In Stephen King's universe, he is like Shawshank prison, existing across many different stories as a simply understood and accepted fact of reality. Dick Hallorann exists, Shawshank exists, and the title on the front of the book makes no difference.