The Road to the Dark Tower
- Author: Bev Vincent
- Artist: Glenn Chadbourne
- Page Count: 465
- Pub. Date: December 2005
- ISBN: 1-58767-104-2
- Status: Out of Print
"Wonderful... opens doors to Roland's world that not even I knew
existed. If you like the Dark Tower books, you'll like this one. Enthusiastically
-- Stephen King
The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus
by Bev Vincent
About the Book:
The Road to the Dark Tower is the first critical analysis of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, examining each of the seven component books and the series as a whole, exploring themes and influences, tracing the connections that radiate from the Dark Tower into many of King's other works, including 'Salem's Lot, The Stand, Insomnia, Black House, and Hearts In Atlantis, while illuminating the slowly unraveling mystery of the Tower, the Crimson King, and mysterious characters known as Breakers and low men.
The Road to the Dark Tower reviews the series' arduous journey to completion and explore how fan demand for the next book has been a source of both inspiration and frustration for King these past two decades. Vincent also studies the series' primary characters, arguably the most complex creations by an author already renowned for his skillful characterization. Because Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jake have been developed over a span of 4000 pages during a period of nearly two decades, changes in their natures can be attributed to both the narrative evolution of the story but also the changing perspective of the author. Sidebar discussions explore interesting bits of trivia about the series, and appendices include real and fictional timelines associated with the series and a glossary of Mid-World terms.
The Road to the Dark Tower examines the series in the context of King's complete body of work and explore the epic's place in modern fiction.
A note from the publisher:
We've read the manuscript for Bev Vincent's The Road to the Dark Tower, and all we can say is WOW! If you're a fan of the Dark Tower series, you're not going to want to miss out on this book! We're just beginning to work on the design and production values for this book, but it will be similar to our deluxe editions of The Stephen King Universe — slipcased and traycased, oversized (7X10), and extremely in-depth! This will be large production. The Stephen King Universe sold out fast, and we're doing the exact same print run and pricing for this one so we expect it to sell just as quick!
Bev Vincent, author of "News From the Dead Zone" column in Cemetery Dance magazine, has been called "every King fan on the planet's eyes and ears" by King expert Stephen Spignesi. He also writes an online Stephen King news column on the Cemetery Dance website, which you can access by clicking here.
Published in two states:
• Limited Edition of 1,000 signed & slipcased copies with full-color artwork ($75)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather, with satin ribbon page marker and full-color artwork, and featuring an original Dark Tower drawing from Glenn Chadbourne on each signature sheet to make every copy of the Lettered Edition unique ($350)