Stephen King - The Tommyknockers was originally published in 1987. The Tommyknockers by Stephen King is a horror novel, although it does incorporate more science-fiction than a lot of his books.
The Tommyknockers - Stephen King book description:
Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship.
Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.