Stephen King’s Dark Tower

By on 15 March 2011

Best selling horror author Stephen King has revealed he is not finished with his epic Dark Tower series just yet as another tale has been announced.

His self-described magnum opus currently runs at seven books and a short story and began with the first book ‘The Gunslinger’ in 1982. It tells the tale of the Gunslinger as he follows ‘the man in black’ towards the ominous ‘Dark Tower’ and is much more fantastical than many of the horror novels he is famed for. He has released more information about the forthcoming eighth book, ‘Dark Tower: The Wind Through The Keyhole’, which is to be published sometime in 2012. Although fans have known for some time that the book was coming, King has divulged more detail about the story line –

“The major story of Roland and his ka-tet was told, but I realized there was at least one hole in the narrative progression: what happened to Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy between the time they leave the Emerald City (the end of Wizard and Glass) and the time we pick them up again, on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the beginning of Wolves of the Calla)?

There was a storm, I decided. One of sudden and vicious intensity. The kind to which billy-bumblers like Oy are particularly susceptible. Little by little, a story began to take shape. I saw a line of riders, one of them Roland’s old mate, Jamie DeCurry, emerging from clouds of alkali dust thrown by a high wind. I saw a severed head on a fencepost. I saw a swamp full of dangers and terrors. I saw just enough to want to see the rest. Long story short, I went back to visit an-tet with my friends for awhile. The result is a novel called The Wind Through the Keyhole. It’s finished, and I expect it will be published next year.

It’s not going to change anybody’s life, but God, I had fun.”

A film adaptation of the series has also been confirmed by Universal Pictures for release in  2013.

The next instalment of Marvel’s series of Dark Tower comics has also been released and this time features the work of award winning artist Micheal Lark of Daredevil and Gotham Central fame. Of working on the material he says –

I have nothing but respect and admiration for Stephen King and the chance to work on the Dark Tower is a wonderful privilege,” said Lark. “I only hope that I can come close to conveying his vision – a daunting task, but a challenge that I’m enjoying tremendously. It has allowed me to explore the darker aspects of my art and really start pushing some of the boundaries of my own style. And who doesn’t love drawing cowboys and horses?!”

Expect the new issue ‘Dark Tower: The Battle of Tull’ via Marvel in June this year.

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