Synopsis

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

Characters

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.

Jake Chambers

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.

Alice

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

Cuthbert Allgood

Roland’s best friend, he is described as having been playing together, since they where young.

Alain Jones

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.

Antagonist

Randal Flag

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,

Quotes

“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

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Stephan King

Childhood

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).

Dark Tower

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,

Accident

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

Films

NameDateNotes
Carrie1976
The Shining1980
Knightriders1981Role: Hoagie Man
The Creepshow19871 episode: “Sorry, Right Number”
Pet Sematary1989Role: Minister
Sleepwalkers1992Role: Cemetery Caretaker
The Stand1994Miniseries, role: Teddy Weizak
The Shining1997Miniseries, role: Gage Creed
The Storm of The Century1999Miniseries, role: Lawyer in Ad / Reporter on Broken TV
Fraiser19991 episode: “Mary Christmas“, role: Brian
Sons of Anarchy20101 episode: “Caregiver”, role: Bachman
11.23.632016Executive producer
It Chapter Two2019Role: Shopkeeper
Selected Films

Bibliography

Dark Tower

No.TitlePagesWordsReleased
0.5The Little Sisters of Elura6623,4341998
1The Dark Tower: The Gun Slinger22455,3761982
2The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of Three400125,9481987
3The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands512173,4891991
4The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass787254,6911997
4.5The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole33691,8572012
5The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla714242,7762003
6The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah432118,2212004
7The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower845272,2732004
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Slected Books

TitlePublishedpages
Carrie1974199
‘Salem’s Lot1975439
The Shining1977447
Rage1977211
The Stand1978823
The Running Man1982219
Pet Sematary1983374
It19861138
The Tommyknockers1987558
The Greenmile1996400
Under the Dome20091074
11/22/632012336
Mr. Mercedes2014436
Later2021256
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