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Stephen King is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction.

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Is the term “strawberry spring” something made up by Stephen King for the short story?

In the short story Strawberry Spring by Stephen King, which in my opinion has enough hints of the supernatural to qualify for this site, the "strawberry spring" of the title is a false spring, much ...
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How much influence does King's “The Dark Tower” have on Overwatch?

This reddit post implies that some Overwatch characters may have been created under The Dark Tower influence. Namely, McCree and Reaper might be based on Roland and The Man in Black respectively. I ...
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In the book Pet Semetary, why does Jud Crandall seem younger than his age?

I finished the book recently, and I keep thinking about how Jud was repeatedly described as seeming younger and more spry than his age (83) would imply. It's never explained, but it seems like it has ...
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Are any of Stephen King's works not connected to The Dark Tower?

Its pretty well known in Stephen King fandom that most if not all of his works are connected through The Dark Tower series. But I'm curious if there are any of Stephen King's works which are ...
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Rosy Real / Really Rosy / Rose Madder: One and the same?

In Stephen King's work Rose Madder, there were several suggestions at Rose Madder's identity, but it was never outright said. Those suggestions were: Rose Madder was said to have had the exact ...
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Why were the Losers successful but infertile?

In It, by Stephen King, all the Losers parted after 1958, and grew up to have successful lives. However, they found out to all be unable to conceive children. Why? Was that It's doing, or the Other's ...
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What are It's powers?

In It, by Stephen King, we find that It is a female entity, just like the Turtle, created by some higher power, eternal, ruler of the universe, and member of the macroverse. It assumed a physical ...
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Why did It kill Henry Bower's underlings, Victor and Belch?

In It, by Stephen King, Henry Bowers and his two friends, Victor and Belch, follow the Losers into the sewers in 1958. Somewhere along the way, both Victor and Belch, which were in a trance, and were, ...
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How did Henry Bowers leave the sewers?

In It, by Stephen King, Henry Bowers follows the Losers into the sewers in 1958. They defeat It, and escape the sewage after a strange out-of-context orgy. They never meet Henry again. How does he ...
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What was Hubie Marsten and why did he kill his wife?

I just finished reading "Salem's Lot" and I was sort of confused by this. It seems that Hubie Marsten was a human allied with Barlow, much in the same way as Straker. But two things aren't clear to ...
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What are the differences between the abridged and unabridged versions of The Stand?

There are two versions of Stephen King's The Stand ᠆ the original release (1978) and the "Complete and Uncut Edition" (1990). I tried Googling for the differences between them but only found bits and ...
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Why did the men have to go to Las Vegas in Stephen King's The Stand?

In her death bed, Mother Abagail tells the Free Zone Committee that the only way to defeat Randall Flagg is for Stuart, Glen, Ralph and Larry to walk all the way to Las Vegas. Once they (three of ...
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Has real Robert Gray actually existed?

At least in two occasions, the It creature introduces itself as a "Robert Gray, better known as Pennywise the dancing clown". First Mrs Kersh tells about him: "My father [...] His name was Robert ...
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How accurate is the film adaptation Desperation by Stephen King, compared to the actual novel?

I've read dozens of works by Stephen King and recently encountered a movie (oldie) based on his book Desperation. Even though I have never read the book version, I do think it was interesting and I am ...
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Crimson King's role in Roland's Ka

The Crimson King is clearly written as Roland's enemy throughout the series. However, the man in black has shown to help Roland. Either it was Ka and the Crimson King had no say-so in the matter, ...
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Is there a backstory behind Pet Sematary? [closed]

As you may know, Stephen King has its own shared universe, bookwise, this sometimes leads to hilarious implications, such as Pennywise's greatest enemy being the Space-turtle-Jesus. Given that, I ...
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Why does King specifically reference Kubrick's “The Shining” in light of his own opinion of it?

I seem to remember that Stephen King was never a big fan of Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, stating that Kubrick missed the point of the story and shifted its emphasis from the inherent ...
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Did Ellie and Rachel have the shine?

In Stephen King's plethora of novels, many of his characters have some sort of mental ability, be it pyrokinesis, telekinesis, or others. This ability is called "the Shine." In the book Pet Sematary,...
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How does Maximum Overdrive connect to the wider King-verse?

It seems to me that all of Stephen King's books/films are connected, usually through small details. However, I do not know how the "classic" film Maximum Overdrive and the short story it was based on ...
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Reading order/reading plan for the wider Dark Tower universe?

As well as the now 8 books in the main dark tower series, many of Stephen King's stories have links with this universe. Some such as Salem's Lot tie in quite directly, others are more subtle or ...
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Why did Roland wander away from the Dark Tower in The Gunslinger?

This question helps illustrate my question. In The Waste Lands, book 3 of Stephen King's The Gunslinger series, the ka-tet end up at the end of the beam guarded by Shardik, the bear. Now I assumed ...
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What is the name of this horror story about apocalypse? (Could it be from Stephen King?)

I remember a story about a guy that had a little brother. This brother was a genius and somehow he managed to find a "formula" that managed to put bees in a non-aggressive state. The older brother ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

I recently started re-reading the Dark Tower saga (just finished part IV: Wizard and Glass, probably my favorite part in the series) and noticed some links with other work of Stephen King. For ...
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When is the first mention of the Horn of Eld?

In the Dark Tower series, when is the Horn of Eld first mentioned? I'm trying to understand how far into writing the series Stephen King planned things.
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Where do we hear about the Crimson King's sigul being destroyed?

The two authoritative analyses of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series claim that the Crimson King was "tower-pent" - that is, trapped on a balcony outside the Tower itself - because he had removed a ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

I found this line (attributed to Jake Chambers, and referring to the rest of his Ka-tet) in Bev Vincent's analysis The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus: “I love them, ...
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Besides Stephen King himself, what actor has appeared in the most Stephen King supernatural film/TV adaptions and/or audio works?

I was watching The Green Mile the other day and noticed an actor that seemed familiar from another Stephen King movie, Jeffrey DeMunn. I had also remembered DeMunn from a Stephen King audio book ...
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The Dark Tower: Unwritten Version?

Based on clues throughout the original edition of The Gunslinger, can we reconstruct the "lost" version of the story that was foreshadowed there? Have Stephen King, Robin Furth, or Bev Vincent ...
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What are all the differences between all the editions of the first book of the Dark Tower series?

Wad Cheber had said (in chat) that there are differences between each version of the first book (I understand there is a large gap between books 1 & 2 being written): Like, there are two (or ...
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Intentional parallels between Little Sisters of Eluria and Wolves of the Calla?

In the Dark Tower short story The Little Sisters of Eluria, Roland encounters a stray dog with an injured leg and a patch of fur on his chest that is shaped like a cross. The dog eventually attacks a ...
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What was the age difference between Roland, Cuthbert, and Alain?

Roland's childhood friends and fellow gunslingers were named Alain and Cuthbert. What was the age difference between the three?
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Are we the Great Old Ones?

In Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, Roland lives in a sad, post apocalyptic world that has been poisoned by an ancient race of people called "the Great Old Ones". These people had remade the ...
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Where did the name “Captain Trips” come from?

Characters in The Stand start unanimously referring to Project Blue as "Captain Trips" about midway through the book. Problem is, I have no clue why they all came to that name. The only Captain Trips ...
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Stephen King's Cell Novel: Tom sexual orientation

In the Stephen King's novel Cell, the main character Clay sometimes teases Tom McCourt with some allusions of his sexual orientation. In the wiki page of the novel Tom is presented as a "gay man", ...
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Are Roland's revolvers single-action or double-action?

In Stephen King's The Dark Tower series, the main protagonist, Roland, carries a pair of ancient revolvers. Perhaps because King admittedly knows nothing about guns, the descriptions of the guns' ...
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In 11-22-63, why Jake didn't bring high tech devices?

In the 11-22-63 (TV series), Jack goes back in time to... ...to change the course of time. But since he has such an easy way to go back in time, why doesn't he bring high-tech devices to spy on ...
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What happened to the guns, holsters, belts, and ammo Roland stole from the cops?

In The Dark Tower: Book II: Drawing of the Three, Roland enters our world, buys some ammo, and robs two cops before going back to his own world. He takes the cops' guns, belts, holsters, and spare ...
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Why are there cover art variations in the Plume trade paperback edition of The Waste Lands?

Someone posted two pictures of two versions of the Plume trade paperback edition of The Dark Tower Book III: The Waste Lands on a Facebook group for fans of Stephen King's The Dark Tower series. ...
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What happened to Robeson?

In book I of The Dark Tower, titled The Gunslinger, Roland and Cuthbert overhear Hax the cook and a guard named Robeson conspiring to poison the residents of Taunton. Later, Hax is hanged for capital ...
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How does Jake travel back to the present in 11.22.63?

In the pilot episode of 11.22.63, Jake is shown that he can travel back to 1960 by walking in the closet in the diner. Before he takes on the task of preventing JFK's assassination, he comes and goes ...
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Why did the main antagonist truck in “Maximum Overdrive” (1986) have a Green Goblin mask on its front grille?

Stephen King’s 1986 film Maximum Overdrive—which was an adaptation of his 1978 short story, Trucks—featured a killer truck that had a Green Goblin mask on its front grille; see screenshot below. ...
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Was JK Rowling inspired by IT (Stephen King)?

In the novel Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin teaches how to fight the boggarts, which are "amortal shape-shifting non-being that takes on the form of the viewer's worst fear." ...
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Something I didn't quite understand about “IT”

SPOILERS INBOUND I have only just started rereading Stephen King's "IT" for the umpteenth time, but there's a small something that keeps bothering me that is pertinent to the creature - IT itself. ...
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Is there a connection between the Stephen King short story 1408 and the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami?

I recently read the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami which features a horror/fantasy element in the form of recurrent dream sequences involving an man who is half sheep and offers the ...
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What is the optimal order to read Stephen King's (a.k.a. Richard Bachman) “The Regulators” and “Desperation”?

I'm making my way through the Stephen King bibliography and about to take on "Desperation" which was specifically timed to be released the same day as "The Regulators" written by (at the time of ...
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What is the relation between the sisters and the bugs in “The Little Sisters of Eluria”

I'm currently reading Stephen King's short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria" What is the relation between sisters and bugs? We know about the sisters but what do bugs get in return by healing ...
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What was the relation between mutants and sisters in short story “The Little Sisters of Eluria” by Stephen King [closed]

I'm currently reading Stephen King's short story collection, Everything's Eventual. Last night I read the short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria" in it and have few questions regarding the plot. ...
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Where did the word Todash Space came from?

Was Todash named after a fictional person who came up with the term "Todash Space"?
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What's the reason behind “Beep Beep Richie”?

In Stephen King's "IT", the characters often say "Beep Beep Richie". At first I thought it was whenever Richie talked too much but there were other points in the book when it would be said to other ...
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Steven King's Cell Novel

I made it about half way through Steven King's Cell novel and I ended up losing my copy and never finishing it. I understand that the film will be released this year. Does the book ever reveal the ...