The Gunslinger comes to town

The Dark Tower

Thirty-five years ago, Stephen King published the beginnings of his magnum opus, a sci-fi / fantasy / western hybrid called The Dark Tower. It was a labor of love, crafted over the course of 12 years from short stories and bits and pieces from his other works. The original story of the adventures of Roland of Gilead and his quest to find the Man in Black developed into a series of books and comics.

This weekend The Dark Tower comes to the big screen in an adaptation starring Idris Elba as Roland and Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black, but this #ThrowbackThursday the Library can help you enter the realm of Mid-World and discover “other worlds than these.”

The complete series of Dark Tower books are available in print as well as e-book. And be sure to check out the comic book series.

No time to read all the Dark Tower stories? Get up to speed in a jiffy with the Gunslinger Quicklet, a brief guide to some of the people, places and storylines that make up the Dark Tower universe.

You can also take a look at one of the inspirations for the series, Robert Browning’s 1855 poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” through the Chadwyck-Healey poetry database.

Interested in other Stephen King adaptations? From the brilliant to the barely watchable, many of his works have been made into features for the big and small screen. Decide for yourself which is which from this selection.

Long days and pleasant nights, constant readers.