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  The Dark Tower - Official Web Site
The “spaghetti Westerns”; of that time and a poem written by Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” became the inspiration for his magnum opus.
Expanding upon the stories in the series and under the direct supervision of Stephen, Marvel has created The Dark Tower comics, beautifully illustrated by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove with stories by Peter David and Robin Furth.
The series is first published in individual monthly installments and then collected in a hardcover edition.
www.stephenking.com /DarkTower   (514 words)

  
  The Dark Tower (series) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The series was mostly inspired by the epic poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning.
The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004)
The All-World of most of the Dark Tower series seems to be sparsely populated and dangerous, filled with mutants both human and animal, and vast swaths of land are irradiated.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Dark_Tower_(series)   (2033 words)

  
 The Dark Tower
This is the story of Roland, the last of the gunslingers as he pursues the mysterious Man in Black across the desert and over the mountains, striving to reach his ultimate goal, the Dark Tower.
It begins with the series' star, world-weary Roland, and his world-hopping posse (an ex-junkie, a child, a plucky woman in a wheelchair, and a talking dog-like pet named Oy the Bumbler) trapped aboard a runaway train.
When Susannah Dean is transported via a magic door on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the scene of much of The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla) to New York City in the summer of 1999, the "demon-mother" who possesses her, Mia, has only one thing on her mind.
pages.infinit.net /susano/dark_tower.htm   (1017 words)

  
 The Dark Tower by Stephen King
With the final installment in the series that shares the novel's namesake, The Dark Tower series, Stephen King finally brings the story to an end, ending a series that has spanned years and has seeped into twenty years worth of his own works outside of the series itself.
As the novel and series close in on its final conclusion, characters who have been with the reader throughout the series are ticked off one by one as if they are bowling pins being knocked about by a speeding bowling ball.
However, The Dark Tower at least finally puts to bed a series that has been over twenty years in the making which is in and of itself quite an undertaking and accomplishment.
www.king-stephen.com /The-Dark-Tower.html   (398 words)

  
 Genrebusters.com - The Dark Tower Series   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Dark Tower is where King, the god of his universe, reigns supreme and all of his stories stem from the tower like spokes, The Beams, stretching into the distance and shaping the world around them.
The Dark Tower series does not follow genre convictions: it does not fit easily into any pre-configured genre boxes as it is equal parts drama, western, horror, action, and epic fantasy.
The Breakers are the enemies of the Dark Tower and they want nothing more than to destroy the beams and destroy what the Tower stands for.
www.genrebusters.com /print/review_darktower.htm   (2976 words)

  
 TheDarkTower.net - Home   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Along with The Dark Tower, the book is very near and dear to the hearts of Stephen King's readers, Peter Straub's readers, and fans of science fiction and horror in general.
The question you have to ask yourself is do you want it to be the best television series it can possibly be, or do you want the general consensus to forever be "it was good, but it could have been better." You only have one shot at this.
All excerpts from The Dark Tower are copyright © Stephen King.
www.thedarktower.net   (1038 words)

  
 The SF Site: Climbing the Tower Part One: The Gunslinger (2003)
Time has become twisted or warped ("When one quests for the Dark Tower, time is a matter of no concern at all," says King), the magnetic poles are drifting, civilization exists in a twilight state, and reality is in an advanced phase of decay.
Something has corrupted the tower, and Roland intends to fix it, though how, or the nature of what such a confrontation entails (literal, figurative) is here a matter of vague legends and myth.
There are elements of dark fantasy, the invocation of spirits (blended with science -- Roland uses mescaline to enhance a "speaking" trance), the magical resurrection of the dead, and the blasted apocalyptic landscape itself, like something out of a Bosch nightmare.
www.sfsite.com /columns/climbing02.htm   (1938 words)

  
 The Dark Tower - The Gunslinger
Beginning with a now-legendary series of five short stories published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction—five stories which now comprise the first volume of the novel cycle—Stephen King has spent thirty-three years writing The Dark Tower.
A series that operates beautifully as a single, stand-alone saga, The Dark Tower series also ties into and informs many other novels in Stephen King's fictional universe.
Though inspired by a wide range of literary antecedents and cultural archetypes, The Dark Tower saga was initially sparked by a course on the romantic poets at the University of Maine.
www.stephenkingshop.com /thedarktower/dt1reading.htm   (464 words)

  
 Amazon.de: The Dark Tower: v. 7 (Dark Tower (Hardcover)): English Books: Stephen King   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Dark Tower 2.The Drawing of the Three.: Drawing of the Three v.
Dark Tower fans will absolutely not be disappointed by how the story ends, although some of the stuff happening in this seventh and last book of the series was really surprising and unexpected.
Again the book makes it very clear that King experienced a major shift in his writing of "dark tower" after wizard and glass, a fact that could not be overlooked when wolves of the calla came out: no more mid-world but king's universe, nothing new but re-interpretation of other King's novels.
www.amazon.de /Dark-Tower-Stephen-King/dp/1880418622   (2787 words)

  
 Stephen King The Dark Tower   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Dark Tower II The Dark Tower III
The Dark Tower VI The Dark Tower VII
In the title story, a bunch of college kids get hooked on a card game, discover the possibility of protest...and confront their own collective heart of darkness, where laughter may be no more than the thinly disguised cry of the beast.
www.stephenkingshop.com /thedarktower/dtrelated.htm   (1048 words)

  
 Amazon.fr : The Dark Tower: Livres en anglais: Stephen King,Michael Whelan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.
The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal.
Robin Furth, an expert on Stephen King's Dark Tower universe if ever there was one, has created a timeline of Mid-World, the slowly crumbling world of gunslinger Roland Deschain.
www.amazon.fr /Dark-Tower-Stephen-King/dp/1880418622   (1526 words)

  
 The Dark Tower Series
If you wish to get the full experience of Roland the Gunslinger and his epic quest to find the Dark Tower, I suggest you read each tale in the order they were published as they are related to the series.
I must warn you, however, that not every tale connected to the series may be included because some references to the tower are so small that I might have easily overlooked them or had not heard of them.
The Waste Lands, the third volume of The Dark Tower, continues the story of what Roland refers to as a ka-tet, a group brought together by ka or fate.
www.geocities.com /crawlingscarecrow/body.html   (1575 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower: Books: Stephen King   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Dark Tower is the final volume in Stephen King’s 34 years in the writing septet with which it shares its title.
Roland finally reaches The Dark Tower, but getting there is a wonder in itself, a bleak and often tragic tale with King pulling no punches as the small band of warriors find their destinies.
And this is testament to the entire second half of the Dark Tower series - King kicks over the signposts he set to guide himself on the road to the tower so long ago, erects new ones, and then kicks those over again.
www.amazon.co.uk /Dark-Tower-VII/dp/0340827211   (1817 words)

  
 The Dark Tower's Architecture
For Stephen King's legions of loyal fans, the fits-and-starts publication of the Dark Tower saga has been nearly as exhilarating and frustrating as Roland of Gilead's epic quest itself.
Which makes the publication of Dark Tower IV "Wizard and Glass" an excellent opportunity to reflect on the architecture of this mind-boggling literary edifice King is constructing.
King used Browning's poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" as the primary springboard for the series, but the books contain a multitude of other references to literature and pop culture.
www.sff.net /people/mberry/tower4.htp   (985 words)

  
 The Dark Tower - Uncyclopedia
The Dark Tower is Stephen King's epic fan fiction about a gunslinger chasing Johnny Cash through East LA. Roland Deschain, the gunslinger, is also on a quest to find the phallic-shaped Dark Tower because he is a closeted homosexual and finding this Tower will help him come to terms with his homosexuality.
When Roland opens the door to the tower, he finds Stephen King passed out in a pile of shit and stacks and stacks of money.
As it turns out, the Dark Tower is actually built entirely out of money made by Stephen King everytime someone uses the phrase, "the shining." Roland, disappointed that he couldn't find solace in his homosexual proclivities and pederasty, convinces himself to just screw the whole thing and go home.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/The_Dark_Tower   (1152 words)

  
 Borders - Feature - Stephen King's Favored Child:
The Dark Tower Series Is Finally Finished
The series refers to many of King's other books: The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon, Salem's Lot, Insomnia, and others.
The Dark Tower is the last novel of the series and arrives in September.
So the import of this series has to do with the length of it and realizing that I'm not getting any younger and not wanting the series to wind up in the unfinished books like The Mystery of Edwin Drood or The Canterbury Tales or something like that.
www.bordersstores.com /features/feature.jsp?file=stephenking   (1591 words)

  
 Stephen King, The Dark Tower Series
Setting the stage for publication of the fifth book in the series later this year (2003), Viking has republished a revised hardback version of the first book — soon to be followed by books two through four — complete with a new introduction and forward by King...
Robert Browning's "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" (you can find a copy of the text here) is an obvious inspiration for King, but the story, and this Roland, are all his.
In the third installment of his on-going Dark Tower series, King picks right back up with the team-building theme of the previous volume, as Roland the Gunslinger continues to hone the skills of his companions and finally draws their fourth (Jake Chambers, the boy he sacrificed in Book One) to his world.
www.greenmanreview.com /book/book_king_darktower.html   (2162 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Dark Tower: Dark Tower v. 7: Books: Stephen King   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass: Wizard and Glass v.
Getting into the Tower is a fairly simple process, I was hoping some time would be spent in the Tower but this is over in a matter of a few pages.
I have to say first that I think this series peaked much earlier in the series and from book 5 faded a little, hence the lack of the fifth star (and I still can't see the point in The Wolves of the Calla to be honest!).
www.amazon.co.uk /Dark-Tower-v-7/dp/034082722X   (1320 words)

  
 The Dark Tower Series Book Reviews
King doesn't reveal what the Dark Tower is and even Roland doesn't know - he just knows he MUST find it.
As in the previous Dark Tower books, King fills in some of the blanks about the characters, but also leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
This fourth book in the series takes the reader back to Roland's youth as Roland finally feels compelled to tell Eddie, Susannah, and Jake how he started on his quest for the Dark Tower.
www.geocities.com /nelle_1_2000/darktowerseries_review.html   (777 words)

  
 The Dark Tower - Kaedrin Weblog Archives
This is yet another entry in a series of somewhat repetitive posts about Stephen King's Dark Tower series, particularly how it is going to end.
It is an ambitious effort, telling the epic story of Roland, the last gunslinger, and his quest for the Dark Tower, and King has often described it as his opus.
And it struck me that King, himself anxious that he would not be able to complete his beloved Dark Tower series, has instead written a story about how he is having trouble ending the series.
kaedrin.com /weblog/archive/cat_the_dark_tower.html   (1158 words)

  
 The Dark Tower Series - =SSMB=   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Dark series was surprisingly good, since Im not a big fan of fantasies.
Aaaaaaw dude I NEVER expectde to find a thread for the Dark Tower on here!! I am so obseesed with this series that a couple of months ago when I had really bad flu I was hallucinating that I was IN the Dark Tower lol.
The first four books of the Dark Tower series are the only books I have actually read all the way through more than once; absolutely bloody fantastic.
www.sonicstadium.org /board/index.php?showtopic=5933   (1199 words)

  
 The Official Site for Dark Tower Comics | Dark Tower Comics Home | Marvel.com
DARK TOWER is the comic book series based on the acclaimed novels by Stephen King.
This mighty volume collects issues 1-7 of the Dark Tower...
At the end of last week, we released Dark Tower #1 to the printer.
www.marvel.com /comics/Dark_Tower   (213 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7): Books: Stephen King,Michael Whelan   (Site not responding. Last check: )
I understand there are thematic and dramatic reasons for Roland coming to the tower alone, however the deaths of 3 of the ka-tet are inexcusable, overly-manipulative and pointless deaths to seemingly provoke an emotional response.
Having just re-read the series over the past two weeks, I find the ending much more satisfying and totally agree with the writer on 3 Feb 06 that Eld's horn will be the final key to allow Roland to end his quest.
But "The Dark Tower" is very large indeed, and at times themes that once seemed clear as a mile-marker on a desert highway begin to blend into their surroundings.
www.amazon.com /Dark-Tower-Book/dp/1880418622   (4043 words)

  
 The Dark Tower - Official Web Site
The Dark Tower has become a favorite of many of Stephen’s constant readers.
Fans continue to show their support for Marvel comics Dark Tower series’ second arc, The Long Road Home.
Marvel is proud to present your first full-color look inside Dark Tower: The Long Road Home #1, arriving in stores at 12:01 AM, March 5th, 2008 (at participating comic stores)!
www.stephenking.com /darktower   (514 words)

  
 Book Review: The Dark Tower Series
Hanh B., Wollaston, MA The Dark Tower series was created by Stephen King who is known as the "King of Horror" novels for such works as It, The Tommyknockers, Misery, The Stand, and his most recent, The Dark Half.
He sets out to search for the Dark Tower, which is a complete mystery and no one, not even the author, is sure of what It is or what secrets It holds.
The Dark Tower series is quite a spell-binding epic which can keep one up reading bug-eyed till two in the morning, causing an irrational craving for more.
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 Stephen King - The Dark Tower series   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Last year saw the release of the fourth volume, in which protagonist Roland the Gunslinger still hasn't fulfilled his quest of finding the elusive Dark Tower.
King claims that another two or three volumes may appear before the Dark Tower is found.
All in all, "The Dark Tower" series should be counted among King's finest, together with "It", "Needful Things" and, of course, "The Stand" (then again, I should add "The Shining", perhaps, and "Christine"...the list goes on).
www.karsmakers.net /stuff/metal-e-zine/sk_tdts.htm   (583 words)

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