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The Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of the King of Horror

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"I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making" Stephen King

With those words, from The Dark Tower: IV Wizard and Glass, the world's most popular writer confirmed a suspicion long held by readersthat the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.

Here, for the first time ever is the gui

Paperback, 478 pages
Published May 21st 2001 by Renaissance Books (first published September 5th 2000)
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Frobus Oogleboyd Apparently the Complete Stephen King Universe is an updated version of this book.
"The CSKU features nine new chapters, which cover King's work from…more
Apparently the Complete Stephen King Universe is an updated version of this book.
"The CSKU features nine new chapters, which cover King's work from approximately early 2000 through mid 2005. The CSKU discusses all of King's work through that period, including books like DREAMCATCHER, FROM A BUICK 8, the final three installments of the Dark Tower series, and television series such as Rose Red and Kingdom Hospital. Basically, it covers all of King's work through the present day, with the exception of books like THE COLORADO KID, CELL, and the upcoming LISEY'S STORY, and a few short stories such as "The Things They Left Behind", which appeared in the 2005 anthology TRANSGRESSIONS." Amazon Review 27/07/06.(less)

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Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
This was a very disappointing read as the book is full of factual errors. How can three writers get it so wrong?
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King lovers
Shelves: owned, reviewed, pre-gr
I have learned a ton of information from this book, discovered connections between books that I would have missed otherwise, and random bits of trivia that should win me lots of money on Jeopardy should ever a Stephen King category come up. =)
Adam Wilson
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
All right, this was a very fun read. Anything that analyzes Stephen King and his work is always going to interest me but I am only giving the book three stars because I

basically walked away from it with nothing at all. The connections that they describe are, for the most part, obvious. If you read novels and pay attention to what you

are reading, you should be able to pick up on the connections between King's books because, in all fairness, they really aren't that subtle. There were maybe three
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim at Half Price the other night. I really love Stephen King's writing style; the problem is I don't like some of the actual stories themselves. Well, most of the short stories I like but the crazy novels, like IT, well, they're really just not my cup of tea. But this book explores the idea that all (or most) of King's novels and stories are interconnected and all are leading up to a final big clash between good and evil. The Dark Tower series is the focal point of the bo ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
I'm a Stephen King fan; I like his writing and I like how his stories are linked together. I picked up this book to find out more about those connections, and got turned off by the fawning tone and some problematic language.

Like Yog Sothoth, It is a manifestation from beyond and appears to the Losers Club as a giant female spider (recalling the queen bitch from the film Aliens). - p104. I wondered about this comparison, when I found Tolkien's Ungoliant to be a better reference...I guess it's eas
Aurora Dimitre
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
My biggest thing with this book is that I feel like I've read too many Stephen King books and thought too much about the connections for this to be really of any use to me. I did enjoy some parts - mostly because this book was published in 2001, when the last few Dark Tower books had not yet come out, so there are some cute theories about what was going to happen. What could have been. What did not happen.

As well as that, there were a few of the books that I've read a long time ago that I didn'
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-12
I genuinely enjoyed reading this. There's a lot of Stephen King I've never read, including some that have come out since the last edition of this book was published. I would like to see them cover 11/22/63, for one.

This book makes me want to re-read every King book I read when I was 9, 10, 11, and pick up the ones I haven't. Like, say, the entire Dark Tower series. And because I read these so young, the big plot I remember, and maybe a few random bits, but the details have been lost to me. So t
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is a must for anyone who is deep into the Dark Tower series. Really, anyone with a remote interest in King's books will probably find this interesting. This book will show you each time a character finds his way into a new story, how most of his novels (Yes, I said MOST OF HIS NOVELS) all pertain to each other in some fashion, and it explains how everything is all centered on The Dark Tower. Stephen King is not an author of many books; he is an author of one giant story and this book e ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Not sure if there is an updated version of this book out or not, but I remember when I first read this being blown away by the realization that ALL of Kings work is basically ONE story. Nice addittion to any king collection
Beth (bibliobeth)
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
I found this to be an informative re-hashing of most of Stephen kings work although I didn't find out anything I didn't already know. Good for the super fan like myself if you want a reminder of the stories.
Suzanne Johnson
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically bought this one for background before beginning a read of The Dark Tower. Did a good job of refreshing me on the characters/plots of the SK books and pointing out interrelationships between the different characters and settings.
May 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, own
Als fan van Stephen King wil je soms wel eens wat meer weten over hem en over z'n werk. Maar is Het Stephen King universum daarvoor het geschikte boekwerk?

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Randy Ball
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and comprehensive work. It covers King's titles through 2006 and shows how the author has and is linking his works together. Fascinating.
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
A must if you're a Stephen King fan. It brings his works together and shows common areas, characters, and themes throughout his work.
Not quite what it was made out to be. It did not explain the connections between King's work as well as I had hoped.
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As a collector of Stephen's books , this was a must own for me . A lot of the connections in his novels I had already found but this book cleared up a bunch more for me !
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent study of King's cluster of universes existing in parallel dimensions. Awesome. Who likes clowns, anyway?
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Really a waste of time reading it. It felt more like a really long essay on Stephen King's books and stories and offered little I didn't already know.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Just skimmed it to see how certain stories were connected.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very good book, I like it
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! It was interesting reading about all the various connections that entangle Stephen King's books.
Big Boss2671
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a Stephen King fan; I like his writing and I like how his stories are linked together. I loved all his books.
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book is very good.
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
i likeme the thriller of this book
Jeesh, what this did do is make me realize I have A LOT of Stephen King to read.

I concur with the other goodreads reviewers - there really isn't anything new here. I wanted a book of summaries, cross-references and trivia. This book is not that.

What this book is, is a collection of wikipedia-like entries descripting plot, characters, and very, very limited "trivia." It's a good brush up if you are reading one book and want to know other books that are say, set in the same town or organized by re
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is a boring read and a lot of pages are wasted explaining each one of King's books. The main problem though is that there is nothing NEW here; anybody who has read more than two or three Stephen King books KNOWS that they all take place in the same world, so tying them together in a 700 page book just seems like a waste of time.

In short, it was great idea for a book, but it had very mediocre execution.
Cettina Barbera
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love Stephen King's work, so naturally I was curious about this book, but in the end it left me with nothing. Most of the times it wasn't that accurate and when by chance it didn't screw up the facts then it didn't talk about anything new.
Aug 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quite interesting. It's dated, of course, but that only helps us see how books since then work into the universe.
There is some repetition throughout, but he does a good job of allocating the stories into his view of King's worlds.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, horror
I found the book interesting as I'm a big Stephen King fan. It was fun seeing the little bits of inter-connectedness with minor characters that I might have missed. I didn't finish the book but I did enjoy picking it up.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun, informative read, although not much new info for Uncle Steve's Constant Readers. It's a handy summation of the SKU and the connections among his works.
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