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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 readers—that the myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe.

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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 ap…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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Michael TheNeverendingTBR
"I am coming to understand that Roland's world actually contains all the others of my making"

The worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world and one universe.

This is basically a road map to this universe which examines all of Stephen King's work including novels, short stories, movies and includes in-depth story analyses, little-known facts, and how the plots, characters and themes all intertwine.

There's a few chapters I skipped because I've read 54 of his 79 of his books
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Becky
Jul 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King lovers
Shelves: owned, pre-gr, reviewed
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. =)
Jammin Jenny
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really rated this book 3.5 stars, but rounded up because I love the works of Stephen King. The author of this book discusses how all of Stephen King's works are all related to the world of The Dark Tower. While I agree there are some overlaps, like Randall Flagg appearing in that series, The Stand, and other works, I'm not sure I believe all his works can go back there. Does Carrie go there? Or Cell? I just don't know. But I do know that I love reading books by Stephen King so I recommend this ...more
Marie
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
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Amy
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
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
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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'
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Bunny
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
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Jessica
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
Billy
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
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.
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. ...more
Scott
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. ...more
J.E.
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. ...more
Jeremy
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? ...more
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. ...more
Eric
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. ...more
Jerry
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 !
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Jennifer
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Just skimmed it to see how certain stories were connected.
Melise
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting “summing up” of King’s writing up to the published date of this book. I, like other reviewers, would love to see an updated version of this book, as I feel that many of King’s more recent works have felt quite different from the books covered here. Would love to hear how Wiater and his coauthors might fit those newer books into this context.
C
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. ...more
Gustavo
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
very good book, I like it
Dayna Keiser
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting look at the interconnections of Stephe King's books and short stories. Well written and comprehensive. ...more
Princelust
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Scary.
Stephanie Walker
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading King in high school. It’s nice to know I can pick up a book and love it. I won’t have to waste my time and money. He’s the King.
Vinada
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is totally wonderful.
April Garcia
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall enjoyable. But I wish King had wrote it himself.
Christopher B.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book for any King fan. The author does a tremendous job finding and connected all of the threads through King's work. ...more
Grace Harpe
Mar 23, 2021 is currently reading it
it is a good book
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. ...more
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