Elmer Chambers is the father of Jake Chambers and works for a television network that Jake simply calls The Network. His wife, Laurie, is unfaithful to him, but he either does not know or does not care. He is not a good father. He doesn't spend very much time with his son and when he does he constantly pressures Jake to do better.
At his job, he is a master at something he calls "The Kill", which is placing a strong show on his network against a weak show on another network. He occasionally uses cocaine, but looks down upon his peers that have become addicted to it. He owns a Ruger that Jake steals from him and takes with him to Mid-World.