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Reading order/reading plan for the wider Dark Tower universe?

There are many suggested reading orders out there (here's one and here another, plus a forum discussion on the topic). This is just one, and it's not for the faint of heart. Stephen King writes long ...
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What does this sentence mean in Stephen King's IT?

As DavidW notes, "shagged" in this case simply means "drunk", likely drawing from the British slang "shagged out", which means "tired". He's drunk almost ...
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Story about a man who transforms into a monster from a mouldy can of beer

I think the story is "Gray Matter" By Stephen King. It was published in Night Shift in 1978. From Wikipedia The story, told from the perspective of an older "local" man, begins as ...
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Why does King specifically reference Kubrick's "The Shining" in light of his own opinion of it?

While Stephen King despises how Kubrick managed the story, he appreciates the beautiful filming. I think ‘The Shining’ is a beautiful film and it looks terrific and as I’ve said before, it’s like a ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

Probably, but not in the finished draft I contacted Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus. Here's what he had to say: Jonah: When I was writing The ...
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Are we the Great Old Ones?

The Great Old Ones may be Keystone humans To the best of my knowledge, King has not explicitly confirmed (or denied) that the Old Ones are humans from Keystone Earth. That said, there is still some ...
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Are any of Stephen King's works not connected to The Dark Tower?

All King's writings are at least tenuously connected to The Dark Tower multiverse. The reason (which may, unfortunately, seem overly glib) is that the real world is one of the worlds that The Dark ...
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What's the reason behind "Beep Beep Richie"?

I know this is an old one but for posterity... Like @Bob Stout says, it's a way of telling Richie to stop. Around the internet, there's some talk of it being a reference to the end of a comedians ...
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Why did the men have to go to Las Vegas in Stephen King's The Stand?

To quote Wikipedia, the chain of events was: Flagg gathers his entire collective to witness the execution of Brentner and Underwood. Moments before they are to be killed, the Trashcan Man ...
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Why were the Losers successful but infertile?

They didn’t fully grow up. The force that brought them together in the summer of 1958 wanted them to kill It. They tried but the task was left unfinished. Things that tether them to their childhood ...
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Is this a real quote from the Dark Tower series?

The article "Paradox, Reconciliation, and Redemption in The Dark Tower Series" by Dr. Hilary S. Webb contains a nearly identical version of the quote: He says of his ka-tet, “I love them, but I ...
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Stephen King and steam/diesel/cyber-punk

No, Stephen King writes (or so far has written). Straight horror, mostly set in "Small Town America". Post apocalyptic horror. Weird cowboy horror. When he wanders off his well trodden "Small Town ...
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Has real Robert Gray actually existed?

The answers to all your questions is really "we don't know". Has the person called Robert Gray actually existed? It's hard to say. As you say: It, in the form of Mrs Kersh, does claim to be the ...
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What is the name of this horror story about apocalypse? (Could it be from Stephen King?)

This is "The End of the Whole Mess", indeed by Stephen King. From Wikipedia's description: The story, narrated by Howard Fornoy in the form of a personal journal, recounts the life of his genius ...
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Why did It kill Henry Bower's underlings, Victor and Belch?

The real question should be "why wouldn’t it kill them?". It is known to kill indiscriminately and seems to be an opportunist when it comes to feeding. The Kitchener Ironworks explosion killed 88 ...
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How much influence does King's "The Dark Tower" have on Overwatch?

Yes it certainly seems to be the case. The only credible proof I can give is that there are unused data mined voice lines which refer to the Dark Tower series. Reaper voice The man in black ...
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Stephen King "fanfiction:" King himself attacked by his characters, meets arbitors of the universe

Oops. In the process of writing this question, I found the correct google terms to find the story. It's Not He Who Tells, posted on fanfiction.net by a writer called Stevens, who in turn may or may ...
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When is the first mention of the Horn of Eld?

Pretty early The gunslinger waited for the time of the drawing and dreamed his long dreams of the Dark Tower, to which he would some day come at dusk and approach, winding his horn, to do some ...
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The Dark Tower and existence

Roland is not stuck in a time loop. Roland is a character in a book and when the reader finishes the story, someone else starts it. He's not stuck in a loop, he's stuck in the universe that King ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

Stephen King recently discussed this very subject with Entertainment Weekly. He lists the following connections, though, some are tenuous at best: The Shining and Doctor Sleep The Stand and Eyes of ...
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Why did the men have to go to Las Vegas in Stephen King's The Stand?

Just finished reading The Stand last night, actually. I thought a lot about this as well, and at first it really confused me. There is a line by Stu at the end that says that God was perhaps using ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

Actually, most of the references tend to go the other way. That is; the Dark Tower series contains many references to other King works, rather than the other way around. King began to see the series ...
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How does Maximum Overdrive connect to the wider King-verse?

There is a connection of sorts: The movie Maximum Overdrive starts with this opening text: On June 19th, 1987, at 9:47 A.M. EST, the Earth passed into the extraordinarily diffuse tail of Rhea-M, a ...
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How did Henry Bowers leave the sewers?

I don't think this is ever addressed in the book. As far as I know, the closest thing to a canon answer comes during the Chinese Restaurant scene in the TV series. In a brief discussion of Henry ...
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In the book Pet Semetary, why does Jud Crandall seem younger than his age?

Going strictly by the book there is no reason to suspect he is lying about his age, IIRC he makes reference to things that occurred during WWII. Old does not automatically mean infirm. That being ...
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Dark Tower references in other works of Stephen King or vice versa

If we take the original version of this question literally - i.e., references to The Dark Tower in other books (that is, a non-DT book that mentions something from DT, rather than a DT book that ...
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Is there a backstory behind Pet Sematary?

The only tie-in with the Dark Tower universe that I've found that Stephen King acknowledged is the following: Zelda Goldman (Rachel Creed’s sister) thought that Oz the Great and Terrible was a ...
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How does Maximum Overdrive connect to the wider King-verse?

Well, the immediate connection that jumps out at me is that Trucks (and Maximum Overdrive) are about cars/machinery that have some sort of sentience. Haunted/sentient/evil cars (and other machinery) ...
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Is there a connection between the Stephen King short story 1408 and the novel Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami?

There seems to be no link between the two. According to this answer on Quora, the hotel in 1408 is based on the Hotel del Coronado in California. According to this site, the hotel in Dance Dance Dance ...
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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 actually directed Maximum Overdrive and he himself is critical of it. This article here explains a lot of the choices Stephen King made. It doesn't specifically say why Green Goblin, but ...
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