The Dark Man
This is a must for Constant Readers (otherwise known as those rabid Stephen King fans). It is an "origin story" of sorts capturing King's first glimpse with his author's eye of that notorious (and perhaps greatest of all villains) -- Randall Flagg, who has about a thousand faces and many names including the Walkin' Dude or if it please ya: the man in black who fled across the desert.
"The Dark Man" is a poem which King penned while in college and it shouldn't surprise me that a character who wou ...more
Just a short work of DARK poetry by Stephen King, but WOW!....the DARK... the DESOLATE....the CREEPY-CRAWLING artwork by Glenn Chadbourne is totally awesome and makes the poem come to life. The DARK faceless man bookmark that was part of my purchase is pretty cool too!
Found out here that King first envisioned and wrote about THE DARK MAN in college (1969 copyright) and now Randall Flagg is one of his greatest DARK villains. Good ole EVIL RF!
I know I wi...more
Oh, all right - I guess I'll own that.
Imagine what you're about to read is punctuated by squees and sighs at the end of each sentence, and you'll have an idea of what it was like in my house while I was reading the upcoming The Dark Man (July 30th, Cemetery Dance), a poem Stephen King wrote more than 40 years ago about a character that would later become quite possibly my favourite villain of all time.
If you haven't yet figured it out (or haven't been reading ...more
These stars are not so much for the poem on it's own (I have no idea what I'd give that), but for the pictures, which are incredibly dark, yet beautifully done, depicting this villain far better than the words themselves. The poem is obviously written by someone pretty young, yet it is so interesting to see just how long the Walkin' Dude AKA Randall Flagg from The Stand was brewing in the King's mind before he wrote those books. This character has lived inside King a very long time.. ...more
The Dark Man isn't a long poem, a mere 41 lines long. What makes this book special are the 70+ illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne that accompany and illuminate King's words.
Read this aloud in the most sinster and dark voice you can muster; take in Chadbourne's evocations of King's verse and let them soak in. Linger on each illustration, and the effect is simply magnificent.
This will be a book to treasure. I guar ...more
This is a short poem written by King and published in 1969.
I don't particularly enjoy poetry but I read it because it became the inception of Randall Flagg, one of my favourite King villains.
Probably a must for most Constant Readers, but I didn't feel I really gained anything by reading it.
But Stephen King's poetry is somehow the exception to the rule. Well, two of them, anyway. This is probably because I have a higher tolerance for dark and disturbing content in verse format... it just seems to fit inside my brain better than other kinds of verse. And it could be t ...more
What is exceptional in his style, is that we can easily spend long minutes looking closely an illustration, and keep finding, permanently, elements that we di ...more
A faceless man in cowboy boots (sound familiar?) wanders a desolate landscape decorated with just about every creepy thing you can think of - abandoned dolls, evil scarecrows, ruined amusement parks and more vermin than you can shake a broom at. My favorite page featured eerie eyeless horses on a decaying carousel.
There are a few nods to King's work - cornfields and trucks, cars that seem to be driving themselves.
The poem is no ...more
Let's be honest.. I am a huge Stephen King fan. So when I heard there was an illustrated book based off a poem he wrote about one of his most epic villains Randall Flagg I was in!
I am just not a poetry person. I really have only ever liked Robert Frost's poems. This was also one of those poems I didn't care for. I have no idea what was going on! I am sorry but King is not a poet. I suppose if I sat here in my living room and read it aloud in a deep dark s ...more
"i have ridden rails
and passed the smuggery
of desperate houses with counterfeit chimneys
and heard from the outside
the inside clink of cocktail ice
while closed doors broke the world–
and over it all a savage sickle moon
that bummed my eyes with bones of light."
A few weeks ago was my birthday, and my dad got me by surprise this precious thing.
A Stephen King poem,
AN ILLUSTRATED STEPHEN KING POEM.
I'm not such a fan of poetry, but I would read anything that has Stephen King's name on ...more
If you are reading the title and wondering if it is about Randall Flagg then I would say yes and no. Stephen King back in 1969 wrote this poem about this dark man serving as the genesis for Randall Flagg aka The Man in Black. I have to say as a poet, I am glad that Stephen King did not quit his day job as a literary author because I have to admit that the poem was meh for me. I can see the concepts and the structure of what he was trying to convey ...more
The illustrations fit the mood of the poem very well, but you really should read it multiple times therefor I was truly happy to find a straight forward, regular listing of "The Dark Man" at the very end of the poem. I needed a read through of the poem by itself to then ...more
Originally published in Ubris in 1969 as a poem, and presented in that form in the book's back-matter, this is the dark and ...more
The artwork by Glenn Chadbourne in this release is really superb, and it aptly brings what is a relatively short poem to life. It perfectly captures the mood ...more
The brief poem written early on by King is very quick and fun read. The best part of the production of this, is the art work by Glen Chadbourne. There is fantastic artwork that tells the story on it's own. Combine the two and you have a homerun from one of the best story tellers, artists, and publishers in the horror genre.