Ben has dinner with the Nortons again. Susan still likes him; her dad still likes him; her mom doesn't.
Ann tells Ben that Danny Glick is dead.
Ben asks Susan to come with him to get ice cream.
Instead, Ben and Susan go to the park, where she asks him about his book. And then they have sex before he can tell her.
But eventually Ben and Susan finish with the sex, and he tells her the book is about the Marsten House.
In his research, especially talking to Hubie's sister-in-law, Ben learned that Hubie Marsten was really a contract killer. He'd killed lots and lots of people, but the mob put him out to pasture when he started to murder children for his own amusement.
So Marsten retired to 'Salem's Lot... where it seems likely he killed four children before hanging himself.
Ben says his book is about the recurrent power of evil.
Ben talks about ghosts and ESP and gets excited because he feels like the evil has maybe come for Ralphie Glick, though he doesn't know what to do about it.
Susan leaves Ben, telling him not to say anything to anyone. She also says she loves him.
It takes a long time for the vampires to get here, but the romance plot bustles along quickly.
Ben can't sleep, so he heads to Dell's Place, where they're playing "You've Never Been This Far Before," a song about sex, a semi-ironic reference to what Ben and Susan have been up to.
Ben runs into Weasel Craig, who is cadging drinks. He calls over Matt Burke.
Matt says he likes Ben's writing. He knows Ben is writing about the Marsten House because the librarian told him about what Ben's been taking out.
Matt asks Ben to come speak to his students about being a writer. Then they find out Weasel has passed out in the men's room; the two of them go in and help him out.
Ben takes Weasel back to the boarding house, where Eva takes care of him.
Ben lies down and can't go to sleep. He isn't looking at the Marsten House, though. Maybe King forgot, just this once.