CON­NECT­ING KING

THE DARK TOWER SE­RIES FRE­QUENTLY REF­ER­ENCES STEPHEN KING’S OTHER BOOKS. HERE ARE FIVE EX­AM­PLES

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THE STAND

Prob­a­bly King’s most epic non-dark Tower story, this post-apoc­a­lyp­tic tale is ref­er­enced in Wiz­ard And Glass when Roland and his ka-tet pass through a place rav­aged by Cap­tain Trips, the su­per­flu that kicks off The Stand. Ran­dall Flagg, that story’s vil­lain, is also one of the man in black’s guises through­out The Dark Tower.

INSOMNIA

The Crim­son King, essen­tially the man in black’s in­fer­nal boss, and the real an­tag­o­nist of the Dark Tower nov­els, was first in­tro­duced in King’s 1994 epic about an el­derly man bat­tling the forces of dark­ness in Derry, Maine.

HEARTS IN ATLANTIS

This com­pen­dium of novel­las in­tro­duces Ted Brauti­gan, a kindly man with great tele­pathic power who is en­slaved by the Crim­son King as a Breaker (a be­ing with power to de­stroy the beams hold­ing up the Dark Tower) and is a ma­jor char­ac­ter in The Dark Tower. He was played by An­thony Hop­kins in the 2001 movie Hearts Of Atlantis, but that con­tained no ref­er­ences to the wider Kin­gi­verse.

THE SHIN­ING

Danny Tor­rance, the young hero of The Shin­ing, is men­tioned by name in the Dark Tower nov­els. In the film, it’s pos­si­ble that Jake Cham­bers’ psy­chic abil­i­ties are a ver­sion of Danny’s abil­ity to ‘shine’. In the trailer, a photo of the Over­look Ho­tel can be seen on a ther­a­pist’s desk.

SALEM’S LOT

Fa­ther Frank Cal­la­han is a mi­nor char­ac­ter in King’s sec­ond novel, the vam­pire thriller Salem’s Lot. Tainted by as­so­ci­a­tion with that novel’s head vam­pire, Cal­la­han is cast aside and wan­ders the Earth, even­tu­ally pitch­ing up in The Dark Tower’s fifth book, Wolves Of The Calla, where he be­comes a key part of the ka-tet.

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