- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Revised edition (May 30, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312324901
- ISBN-13: 978-0312324902
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 30.9 x 228.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King Revised Edition
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“This book might be one of the single most important books about Stephen King ever written. . . . Beginning with the premise that all of King's work is intertwined in an intricate weave of overlapping narrative threads, with the world of the Dark Tower as the linchpin around which everything else orbits, Wiater, Golden, and Wagner carefully prove their point, in an entertaining, intriguing, and thoroughly indisputable way.” ―Stephen Spignesi, author of The Essential Stephen King
“Here is the Stephen King companion to end all Stephen King companions . . . The three authors bring their considerable expertise to a survey of the complete King fictional corpus, grouping novels and tales by setting and theme. An indispensable insider's guide to the influences on King, his plots and characters, TV and film adaptations, and more.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Stanley Wiater has been interviewing and writing about Stephen King for more than two decades. The award-winning author or editor of ten books, he is the writer and host of the television series Dark Dreamers.
Christopher Golden is the award-winning author of many bestselling books including Waking Nightmares, Of Saints and Shadows, Of Masques and Martyrs, and The Myth Hunters. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Soulless and Poison Ink, and he is the editor of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology, published by St. Martin's Press. His novels have been published in fourteen languages. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he continues to live with his family.
Hank Wagner is a respected critic and journalist. Among the many publications in which his work regularly appears are Cemetery Dance and Mystery Scene.
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As a chronicle of those things this book serves very well as a guidepost.
I find myself referring to it often of late. Recently I decided to reread all of King's works in order that they were published. I have skipped a few because they are still well within my memory. This book though is still where I turn for a brief over view and reminder of the high-points of the books I might be skipping. Also, the reading order I am using comes straight from this books.
As a chronicle of the various connections this book does an excellent job. So far I only remember there being on connection that the authors missed, and for the life of me I cannot recall the exact instance right now - though it was in one of the earlier stories. So there ya go, that's my big negative. ;) When it comes back to me I will update this.
My only other real critique is more of an observation really. The authors do a really good job of keeping their own voices out of the way. The individual entries are very encyclopedic in nature - and sometimes this has left me wanting for just a little bit more.
A work of this nature I feel could be better served by the inclusion of commentary and/or beliefs/theories of the authors - as long as it were clearly called out of course. For instance, I have always felt that "the Major" from "The Long Walk" was likely an early incarnation of Flagg. Not that I am saying the authors should agree with me or anything like that, but some of their speculation would be entertaining to me. I for one clamor for new and interesting ways to view the myriad existences that King has crafted over the years.