Towards the end of Black House, the foul Charles 'Burny' Burnside is killed by Tyler Marshall. When Mr Manshun, a servant of the Crimson King, finds the body of his former minion...

He looks back at Burny one last time, without much regret - there's a young fellow in upstate New York who shows great promise, and Burny was pretty well played out, anyway.

We're deep into Dark Tower storylines by this part of the book and knowing Stephen's love of references between books, I have to assume this refers to another anti-hero in another story, though not necessarily a Dark Tower story.

Can anyone suggest who that might be?


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Jake Chambers? He shows promise and is very important to the Dark Tower Series

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    Wasn't Jake from New York city, is New York city "Upstate new york"? I'm not an American and haven't read the books since they were published, but I seem to remember Jake was from the city. Apr 28, 2021 at 10:17
  • I don't think Jake was ever shown as having the potential to be a bad guy.
    – Mr. Boy
    Apr 28, 2021 at 13:53
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    Hi, can you add some details to your post by editing them in?
    – AncientSwordRage
    May 7, 2021 at 10:42

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