When just 19 years old, Stephen King decided he wanted to write his own The Lord of the Rings epic. Strongly influenced by the “spaghetti Westerns” of the time (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and a poem by Robert Browning entitled, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”, his inspiration was duly ignited. It would take over 22 years for King to finish his epic, yet even now the series continues both as a Graphic Novel series and upcoming Movie. View the books…
Under the supervision of Stephen King, Marvel has expanded upon the Dark Tower stories in a series of comics, which have been beautifully illustrated by Jae Lee and Richard Isanove with stories written by Peter David and Robin Furth. The series is first published in individual monthly installments and then collected in a hardcover edition. Each version contains material unique to its format. View the comics…
Dark Tower: Connections, References & Tie-ins
The Dark Tower books have been such an integral part of King’s life that the story has become a central point in the larger body of his works. Connections and references are with novels such as Salem’s Lot, The Stand, Mist, Dream Catcher, Bag of Bones, and many others. Some have major connections (Salem’s Lot and The Stand) while other’s only minor (Cell, The Shining). There have also been a couple of tie-in books.
Books about Stephen King: Biographies, Guides, etc.
Over the last thirty years there’s been more than twenty books about Stephen King and the stories he has written. There are biographies such as the Haunted Heart, several quiz books and of course, reading/collector guides. If you want to find more on the man behind the Dark Tower series, these are a good place to start.