In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.
This new edition of The Gunslinger has been revised and expanded throughout by King, with new story material, in addition to a new introduction and foreword. It also includes four full-color illustrations in the hardcover and trade paperback formats.
Beginning with a short story appearing in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy-what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus-has spanned a quarter of a century.
Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, “The Dark Tower” series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement. In November 2003, the fifth installment, “Wolves of the Calla,” will be published under the imprint of Donald M. Grant, with distribution and major promotion provided by Scribner. “Song of Susannah,” Book VI, and “The Dark Tower,” Book VII, will follow under the same arrangement in 2004. With these last three volumes finally on the horizon, readers-countless King readers who have yet to delve into “The Dark Tower” and a multitude of new and old fantasy fans-can now look forward to reading the series straight through to its stunning conclusion. Viking’s elegant reissue of the first four books ensures that for the first time “The Dark Tower” will be widely available in hardcover editions for this eager readership.
Roland, The Last Gunslinger, moves ever closer to The Dark Tower of his dreams-and nightmares-as he crosses a desert of damnation in a macabre world that is a twisted image of our own…