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Jim Dooley is a main character in Stephen King's story, Lisey's Story. In the 2021 Apple TV+ miniseries, he is portrayed by Dane DeHaan.

Biography

Lisey's Story (2021 Miniseries)

Jim Dooley receives a call from Professor Dashmiel, who requests that Jim help him get Scott Landon’s unpublished manuscripts from his widow, Lisey Landon. Jim agrees, remarking how Scott Landon’s book changed him and that he will get the papers he wants because “no one will ever say no to me”.

In a library, Jim sits reading Scott’s favorite book as a child. When the librarian asks him to leave because she wanted to close the library, he strongly insists that she put up Scott’s book with a plaque to inspire future generations.

Jim calls Lisey from a pay phone. Jim tells him that Professor Dashmiel knows more about Scott Landon than everyone on earth and Lisey contradicts him. Jim tells Lisey that she’s going to give the “Prof” what he wants or else he will hurt her. She hangs up on him.

Jim is on the run, having disconnected his phone and email, and the police are trying to track him down after he left a threatening letter and dead bird at Lisey’s house. Jim manages to evade the police and even distract them by burning down a barn. He enters Lisey’s house when the police officer checks on the fire and he finds Scott’s unpublished manuscripts.

Jim hides in Lisey’s house and attacks her when she gets back in. He ties her up, beats her up, and threatens to do worse to her and her sisters unless she gives Dashmiel the unpublished manuscripts. Jim leaves Lisey, cut up on the floor, and goes to hide out at Amanda’s empty house.

Jim read one of Scott’s unpublished stories in bed and calls the Prof to tell him how amazing it is. He claims he never laid a finger on Lisey and Dashmiel begs him to stay away from her.

In Now You Must Be Still, Jim lays low at Amanda’s house waiting for word from Dashmiel and Lisey. He listens to a voicemail from Lisey, where she asks him not to hurt her and tells him to meet her at her house at 10pm that night so she can give him what he wants. Dashmiel watches Lisey and her sisters from a distance at her house. He sees Lisey talk to Officer Boeckman and watches his car drive away.

Jim arrives at Lisey’s house when she told him to come and sees the police car still parked out front. Jim shoots Officer Boeckman in the head and walks into the house, where he shuts off the electricity. He puts on night vision goggles and walks upstairs to confront Lisey, who is waiting for him. They get in a fight and Jim manages to fight off Lisey and her two sisters, nearly killing the three of them.

It starts to rain indoors and Lisey manages to transport herself and Jim to Boo’ya Moon. In Boo’ya Moon, Jim looks around, scared and confused. Jim tells Lisey, “You are just the wife, you are not an artist. You are not the poet. You were just sleeping with him.” Lisey calls out “I’m here”, trying to get the attention of the Long Boy. Jim screams that he is a prophet. The Long Boy appears and Lisey whispers “There you are.”

Lisey leads Jim to the Long Boy, who picks him up and eats him alive. Jim screams for his life and dies. His body later appears in Lisey’s pool, completely mangled. Lisey drops parts of his body into the river. The police search for Jim after they found Officer Boeckman shot to death, but they never find him or his body.

Quotes

"Professor Dashmiel knows more about Scott Landon than anyone else on earth."
―Jim Dooley in the Lisey’s Story 2021 Miniseries
"I’m the greatest camper there ever was. "
―Jim Dooley in the Lisey’s Story 2021 Miniseries

Appearances

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