In the first book of the series, Stephen King introduces readers to an enigmatic heroe, Roland of Gilead, The Last Gunslinger.
He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which frighteningly mirrors our own,
Roland pursues The Man in Black, encounters an alluring woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the Kid from Earth called Jake
Roland Deschain (Gunslinger)
Roland Deschain was born in the Barony of Giliead, in In-world, he is the last surviving Gunslinger. Having the goal to climb the Dark Tower which is meant to be the centre of the universe.
an eleven-year-old from the New York of 1977, and Roland considers him, his “true son”. Jake’s given name is John, but he prefers to be known by Jake, and is called “‘Bama” by his housekeeper, who is far closer to him than his parents.
A barmaid in Tull. She befriends Roland and tells him the story of Nort. Roland knew she would eventually ask Nort about the number Nineteen and knew this was a trap set up by The Man in Black.
Roland’s original Ka-tet
Roland’s best friend, he is described as having been playing together, since they where young.
Is stout with blond hair and has a calm temperament, reserved and often plays the role of mediator between the two friends Cuthbert and Roland.
Allies of the Ka-tet
Cortland “Cort” Andrus
Teacher of Roland’s original ka-tet. Roland earned his guns by defeating him with the hawk David, who was mortally wounded in that battle. After Roland’s challenge, Cort laid in his cabin for a week in a coma, being tended by two nurses.
The Man in Black, has numerous aliases, including: the Ageless Stranger, the Walking Dude, Walter O’Dim, Marten Broadcloak, Richard Faninn, Rudin Filaro, Legion, Covenant Man, and his given name, Walter Padick, son of Sam; he appears in many books of Stephen King,
“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
“I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.
I do not kill with my gun; he who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
I kill with my heart.”
“Go then, there are other worlds than these.”
“Time’s the thief of memory”
“First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.-Roland Deschain, of Gilead”
“Do any men grow up or do they only come of age?”
“the man in black travels with your soul in his pocket.”
“where the world ends is where you must begin”
“Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?…’
You dare not.’
And in the gunslinger’s mind, those words echoed: You dare not.”
“There was murder, there was rape, there were unspeakable practices, and all of them were for the good, the bloody good, the bloody myth, for the grail, for the Tower.”
About Stephan King
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947, in Portland Main, the sun of a merchant seaman.
When King was two years old, his father left the family. To leaave is mother raise him and his older brother.
T When King was 11, his family moved to Durham, Maine, where his mother cared for her parents until their deaths.
King attended Durham Elementary School and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School in Lisbon Falls, Maine, in 1966. Displaying an early interest in horror as an avid reader of EC horror comics.
He began writing for fun while still in school, contributing articles to Dave’s Rag, the newspaper his brother published with a mimeograph machine, and later began selling stories to his friends based on movies he had seen
The first of his stories to be independently published was “I Was a Teenage Grave Robber”, which was serialized over four issues
King graduated from the University of Maine, in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
First novel and Afterwards
In 1973, King’s novel Carrie was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. Carrie was King’s fourth novel. but it was the first to be published.
King’s ‘Salem’s Lot was published in 1975. After his mother’s death, King and his family moved to Boulder, Colorado, where King wrote The Shining (published 1977). The family returned to western Maine in 1975, where King completed his fourth novel, The Stand (published 1978).
In the late 1970s, King began what became a series of interconnected stories about a lone gunslinger, Roland, who pursues the “Man in Black” in an alternate-reality universe.
The first of these stories, The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, was initially published in five installments by The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction under the editorship of Edward L. Ferman, from 1977 to 1981.
The Gunslinger was continued as an eight-book epic series called The Dark Tower,
On June 19, 1999, at about 4:30 p.m., King was walking on the shoulder of Maine State Route 5, in Lovell, Maine. Driver Bryan Edwin Smith, distracted by an unrestrained dog moving in the back of his minivan, struck King.
King landed in a depression in the ground about 14 feet (four meters) from the pavement of Route 5. Early reports at the time from Oxford County Sheriff deputy Matt Baker, claimed King was hit from behind and some witnesses said the driver was not speeding, reckless, or drinking.
However Smith would later be arrested and charged with driving to endanger and aggravated assault. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving to endanger and was sentenced to six months in county jail (suspended), and had his driving license suspended for a year.
King’s lawyer and two others purchased Smith’s van for $1,500, so it would not appear on eBay. The van was later crushed at a junkyard, to King’s disappointment, as he had fantasized about smashing it
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|Pet Sematary||1989||Role: Minister|
|Sleepwalkers||1992||Role: Cemetery Caretaker|
|The Stand||1994||Miniseries, role: Teddy Weizak|
|The Shining||1997||Miniseries, role: Gage Creed|
|The Storm of The Century||1999||Miniseries, role: Lawyer in Ad / Reporter on Broken TV|
|Fraiser||1999||1 episode: “Mary Christmas“, role: Brian|
|Sons of Anarchy||2010||1 episode: “Caregiver”, role: Bachman|
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|0.5||The Little Sisters of Elura||66||23,434||1998|
|1||The Dark Tower: The Gun Slinger||224||55,376||1982|
|2||The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of Three||400||125,948||1987|
|3||The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands||512||173,489||1991|
|4||The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass||787||254,691||1997|
|4.5||The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole||336||91,857||2012|
|5||The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla||714||242,776||2003|
|6||The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah||432||118,221||2004|
|7||The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower||845||272,273||2004|
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