Much has been written here about how stephen king likes to make sly references in his works to books that he has previously published. Delve into any stephen king novel, and at some point youll likely find a secret passageway into another. Song of susannah, we learn that this is the day that stephen king was hit by van near lovell, maine. For two generations of literary thrillseekers, his very name is. The 10 best stephen king books your picks for the horror masters scariest, most suspenseful pageturners, from it to the dead zone. All of the best stephen king books, ranked as the greatest living master of both jump scares and slowcreeping dread, stephen king has reshaped an entire genre in the image of his imagination. The myriad worlds and universes king has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. When king wrote the book it, he very intentionally made references to every other book hed written up to that point. King has published 63 novels, including seven under the pen name richard bachman, and five nonfiction. I will make my upmost effort in reading my way through the dark tower series, one book a month minimum. He has written over 200 short stories, most of which have been compiled in book collections. Stephen kings books are all connected to each other, and.
Johnny marinvilles crosscountry harleydavidson motorcycle trip is very similar to a promotional book tour king did, on his own harley, a few years back. And that leads to the content warning with this story being about rape but with also a lot of violence. Your chart blows away my dear stephen king letter on my blog today. Honestly, its hard to think of a stephen king book that hasnt left at least one image permanently. The stephen king universe book by christopher golden. Where to stream the stephen king references in castle. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many of them have been adapted into feature films, television movies and comic books. But the real treasures linger in the background of kings novels. They reference a bunch of his other books, and plenty of characters who appear in standalone king novels also show their faces in the dark. Enter a bible verse to search for cross references. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television series, and comic books. Political and cultural referencesreferences to stephen kings own work.
The following is a complete list of books published by stephen king, an american author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. Because its also home to author stephen king, whose thrillers. His books gained their effect from realistic detail, forceful plotting, and king s ability to involve and scare the reader. For the past four decades, stephen king, an american master. He has written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections. In other words, not only has stephen king written some genius novels and short stories, novellas, essays, and works of criticism, but hes written a lot of them51 novels to date, in fact, with number 52 coming up shortly. King has published 63 novels, including seven under the pen name richard bachman, and five nonfiction books. Stephen king, american novelist and shortstory writer whose books were credited with reviving the horror fiction genre in the late 20th century. King has published 61 novels and six nonfiction books.
It king, stephen easter egg references to all previous. The hidden connections in stephen kings universe youtube. Jake chambers from the dark tower is a twinner of bobby garfield from hearts in atlantis. The stephen king shared universe ranking the ringer. Stephen kings books are all connected to each other, and its. With hundreds of characters, midworld geography, high speech lexicon, and extensive crossreferences, this comprehensive handbook is essential for any dark tower fan. King himself has admitted to being so horrified by pet sematary that, at first, even he hesitated to get it published. King, stephen easter egg kings references to his other. His 1986 epic it is a perfect nexus not only does the terrifying novel reference books that came before, but characters and places from it also turn up again and again in subsequent stories. Stephen king has written almost one hundred books, featuring thousands of characters and hundreds of worlds. I guess being hit by a car helped him write edgar, the man who lo. The little sisters tent is not specifically named, but anyone who knows stephen kings work will catch the reference. King has written several novels since his first short story sale in 1967 that have become pop cultural signposts. Stephen king is a prolific american author who is known for his suspense and fantasy novels.
Stephen kings horror stories scarred many of our childhoods and adulthoods, for that matter, but the most upsetting thing of all might be that all of kings books are connected. King has long peppered his stories with crossreferences, and the show borrows that approach, taking place in what hulu calls. I have committed a sin i have avoided reading novels from the grandmaster writer stephen king. Stephen king has 1647 books on goodreads with 23602931 ratings.
In 112263, this is the date that the vermont yankee nuclear reactor. This would have gone in the good and thoughtful pile. The complete stephen king universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of stephen kings novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist in all of his work. Published in 2009, stephen king goes to the movies is a reprint of five prior short stories that went on to the big screen. Stephen kings the dark tower concordance paperback november 6. All of the best stephen king books, ranked reedsy discovery. If stephen king had died fifty years ago and left all these books for us to read whenever and in whatever order, i wouldnt have placed this one in the twilight of his career. My favorite cross reference of stephen kings is in the tommyknockers. There are a number of references in hia to the dark tower series. Joe, their oldest son, followed in his dads footsteps and is a bestselling horror writer.
Stephen king has 1647 books on goodreads with 23603465 ratings. Every stephen king reader has a favorite tale or series, from christine to cujo. Stephen king is a literary icon, a status hes achieved by a defining a genre. And like you, it was a lifetime of reading love i couldnt wait until his next book was due out. A definitive ranking of every stephen king novel ever. But in geralds game 1992, king got really sly by referring to events in dolores claiborne, which wasnt published. Many of the novels and short stories written or cowritten by stephen king take place in a multiverse. Stephen king says, this is a terrifying, engrossing ghost story set in the english countryside not long after world war ii, but its so much morealthough told in straightforward prose, this is a deeply textured and thoughtful piece of work. These stephen king connections will blow your mind.
At one point in 112263, stephen kings new novel about a man who travels back in time to try to stop the jfk assassination, the main character jake epping crosses paths with a pair of characters from his 1986 book it. Hes spawned an intricate universe where characters reference events from his other books like theyre trading gossip about an old school friend. Randall flagg is one of the many incarnations of an archbaddie found in the stephen king universe. In his seventh novel, 1979s the dead zone, king has a character reference that book carrie, his debut novel from 1974. With an author as prolific as stephen king, its no surprise his universe is expansive but did you know most of. Where to stream the stephen king references in castle rock. His wife, tabitha king, has published several novels. Yes, shawshank state prison, the children of the corn. Thank goodness he did though, since the book remains among the best stephen king books for beginners available. Stephen edwin king is an american author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, and fantasy novels. Sure, the world martin created for the backstabbing inhabitants of a song of ice and fire is meticulous, but its not the tightly woven domain king has hinted at throughout some 50 novels. King, stephen easter egg kings references to his other books. What are the stephen king connections in the dark tower series.
In the dark tower books, he goes by the following names. When you read stephen king s dark tower series, you start to notice that there are a whole lot of books with dark tower connections you werent aware of. Bangor, maine may seem like a quaint little new england town, yet every year thousands of horror fans make a pilgrimage there. Big driver by stephen king is a bit of a cross between a horror and thriller as the events involved certainly are considered horrific but are very real. Hes spawned an intricate universe where characters reference events from his other books like theyre. Although king s 1996 novel didnt take place in shawshank, castle rock sneaks in a reference when the kid watches a mouse scurry across the prison floor. I noticed a couple of references to king seniors books in this one. It helps that most of them are set in one or two small maine towns. In stephen king books, twinners are doppelgangers in other universes. Although kings 1996 novel didnt take place in shawshank, castle rock sneaks in a reference when the kid watches a mouse scurry across the prison floor. The hidden connections in stephen kings universe the airship.
A list of stephen king s novels, organized alphabetically. Joe hills the fireman and some stephen king references. Walter, the dark man, the man in black, walter of allworld, walter of endworld, walter odim, the crimson kings prime minister, walter padick, walter hodji, walter farden, walter the blind, marten broadcloak, the green king. His 1986 epic it is a perfect nexus not only does the terrifying novel reference books.
The dark tower, it is the day that jake chambers and stephen king save stephen kings life. King has received bram stoker awards, world fantasy awards, and british fantasy society. How stephen kings it connects to all his other stories. One of the characters is named harold cross, which made me think of the characters harold lauder and nadine cross from the stand, one of my favorite books by king senior. There are references to previous books in it, and pennywise comes up in kings later novels. As an author, im always asked who my biggest influence is.
These stephen king characters all appear in multiple books. About 340,000 cross references identify commonalities between different parts of the biblechains of similar themes, words, events, or people. How to find the references to all previous king books easter egg in it king, stephen. This guide tries to keep it light on the spoilers, but there are some, gunslinger. As a general point, king loves crossreferences in all his books. The number nineteen is a magical number in the dark tower novels. A reading guide to stephen kings dark tower universe. How to find the kings references to his other books even unpublished ones.1563 1602 232 1195 67 618 1540 1226 1166 95 740 1363 1492 1089 771 417 972 1094 130 851 214 716 1082 1128 870 51 1456 1205 12 955 20 946