The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Posted on 12th May 2011 in Reviews

The start may be an obvious place to begin when reviewing a seven volume book series that’s been published over a thirty year period. And that still has at least one more volume in the offing. Certain things, caveats for want of a better word, should be noted however.

The Dark Tower series was begun by King in 1970 with The Gunslinger, which was published in serial form over five parts in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction – these parts constitute the section breaks of the published book version, which originally appeared in 1982.

This original version was revised and updated in 2003, with a fair number of changes, and around 9000 words added to make things clearer for readers, old and new. For clarity, and potential nitpicking that may occur, the version being reviewed here is that newer version. Click here to read more.. »

Dark Tower Related Happenings

Posted on 27th April 2011 in Blog

It’s not just the weather that’s been heating up lately (at least here in the U.K.). Stephen King’s epic fantasy/horror/sci-fi book series The Dark Tower has seen a fair amount of bubbling activity also, in regards to both print and a planned big (and small-screen) adaptations.

Per the New York Post, Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem has finally inked his signature on a contract to star as Roland Deschain in a Dark Tower three movie set along with accompanying TV-series to follow. Bardem had long been favoured for the role in director Ron Howard’s outing, but nothing had yet been made concrete. Film studio Universal had earlier said that the first movie will open in May 2013, so hopefully they can get those cameras rolling now. Click here to read more.. »

Stephen King’s Book Vehicles Get Rebooted

Posted on 16th December 2010 in Blog

The last couple of years have seen a large number of remakes and reboots of film properties.  From J. J. Abrams’ successful Star Trek remastery, to Rob Zombie’s powerful remake of the first two Halloween films, to Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins and its sequel.  The last of the caped crusader flicks alone netted a cool $1 bil.  Then there’ve been the more questionable remakes – Nightmare on Elm Street, anyone?

Variety reported that there are plans afoot to remake Stephen King’s 1980 novel Firestarter as a multi-picture enterprise.   The 1984 original starred Drew Barrymore, and plans are set to make the character in the remake even edgier.  Click here to read more.. »