Cover of: The Gunslinger | Stephen King

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Contributors

  • Illustrator
    Michael Whelan

About the Book

The Dark Tower I

The opening chapter in the epic Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, in a world where time has moved on, pursues his nemesis, The Man in Black, across a desert. Roland's ultimate goal is the Dark Tower, the nexus of all universes. This mysterious icon's power is failing, threatening everything in existence.

The five stories that constitute the novel were originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction:

"The Gunslinger" (October 1978)
"The Way Station" (April 1980)
"The Oracle and the Mountains" (February 1981)
"The Slow Mutants" (July 1981)
"The Gunslinger and the Dark Man" (November 1981)
(source)

About the Edition

Since the publication of THE GUNSLINGER in an exclusive limited edition, this extraordinary novel has gained near-legendary renown. Now finally, this Plume edition, complete with the Michael Whelan illustrations, brings the work to the author's millions of fans.

This heroic fantasy is set in a world of ominous landscape and macabre menace that is a dark mirror of our own. A spellbinding tale of good versus evil, it features one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations—The Gunslinger, a haunting figure who embodies the qualities of the lone hero through the ages, from ancient myth to frontier western legend. His pursuit of The Man in Black, his liaison with the sexually ravenous Alice, his friendship with the kid from Earth called Jake, are part of a drama that is both grippingly realistic and eerily dreamlike, an alchemy of storytelling sorcery.

Complete in itself, THE GUNSLINGER is the first novel in an epic series, THE DARK TOWER, that promises to be Stephen King's crowning achievement.
(back cover)

Edition Notes

US/CAN

Series
The Dark Tower, #1
Copyright Date
1982

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3561.I483 G86 1988

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
224 p. :
Number of pages
224

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24944189M
Internet Archive
darktowergunslin00king
ISBN 10
0452261341
ISBN 13
9780452261341
LC Control Number
88009938
OCLC/WorldCat
781900910, 608995800, 17765649, 688657628, 988446991
Paperback Swap
0452261341
Alibris ID
9780452261341
Amazon.com
0452261341
Goodreads
995103

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