For a detailed synopsis of the novels, see the relevant article for each book. The series has become a linchpin that is interwoven with, and ties together, much of King's body of work.
The worlds of The Dark Tower are in part composed of locations, characters, events and other various elements from many of King's novels and short stories. Along his journey to the Dark Tower, Roland meets a great number of friends and enemies. For most of the way, he is accompanied by a group of people who, together with him, form the Ka-tet of the Nineteen and Ninety-nine , consisting of Jake Chambers , Eddie Dean , Susannah Dean , and Oy.
King created a language for his characters, known as the High Speech.
This term originated in Egyptian mythology and storytelling, and has figured in several other novels and screenplays since While the series was declared finished with the publication of the seventh volume in , Stephen King described in an interview in March an idea for a new short story he'd recently had: "And then I thought, 'Well, why don't I find three more like this and do a book that would be almost like modern fairy tales? King said, regarding The Dark Tower , "It's not really done yet.
Each book in the series was originally published in hardcover format with a number of full-color illustrations spread throughout. Each book contained works by a single illustrator only. Subsequent printings of each book in trade paperback format usually preserve the illustrations in full, except for books I and IV. Pocket-sized paperback reprints contain only black-and-white chapter or section header illustrations.
Bill Sheehan of The Washington Post called the series "a humane, visionary epic and a true magnum opus" that stands as an "imposing example of pure storytelling," "filled with brilliantly rendered set pieces The series has prompted related non-fiction books by authors besides King. Robin Furth has published the two-volume Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Concordance , an encyclopedia-style companion to the series that she originally wrote for King's personal use.
Stephen King has endorsed these books. Charlie the Choo-Choo is a "children's book" by Stephen King released in , published under the pseudonym Beryl Evans.
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It was illustrated by Ned Dameron. Several Dark Tower series arcs were published by Marvel Comics. The first issue of this first arc was released on February 7, A hardcover volume containing all seven issues was released on November 7, A hardcover volume containing all five issues was released on October 15, A hardcover volume containing all 6 issues was released on April 21, Following the completion of the third arc a one-shot issue titled The Dark Tower: Sorcerer was released April 8, The story focuses on the history of the villainous wizard Marten Broadcloak. A hardcover volume containing all 6 issues, as well as the Sorcerer One-Shot was released on February 2, A hardcover volume containing all 5 issues was released on August 17, Marvel Comics has also published three supplemental books to date that expand upon characters and locations first introduced in the novels.
All three books were written by Anthony Flamini , with Furth serving as creative consultant. The collected hardback edition was released on January 26, The collected hardback edition was released on June 8, The collected hardback edition was released on January 25, The collected hardback edition was released on June 27, December 7, saw the release of a spin-off online game titled Discordia ,  available to play free of charge on the official Stephen King website.
Over the course of our adventure we will visit many locations, both those familiar to Dark Tower fans and others which we only glimpsed in the Dark Tower novels. While we may not see Roland and his ka-tet in this adventure, the development team has remembered the faces of its fathers.
We have done our best to honor the original Dark Tower series while simultaneously mapping new and exciting Dark Tower territory. Sony Pictures and Media Rights Capital adapted the series for film. Stephen King has indicated that The Dark Tower film and television series will follow Roland's "last time round" to the titular Dark Tower.
In an interview with Collider , Stephen King expressed hope for a sequel film in addition to the upcoming television series, suggesting that it should be R-rated , with Roland wearing a hat, and that it would include the "lobstrosities" from The Drawing of the Three. In February , Amazon bought the rights to The Dark Tower books for a series adaptation, though it was not made clear at first if anyone from the film would be involved. In Russian, The Gunslinger , as narrated by Igor Knyazev,  does not have any music or sound effects.
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