The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger (Paperback)

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Stephen King is well known for his horror prowess, but another fun fact is that he can also write fantasy just as well.
THE GUNSLINGER is the first book in a series titled THE DARK TOWER; an epic that encompasses all of King's fiction.

The story starts off as so:

"The man in black fled across the desert while the gunslinger followed close behind."

A story that starts off as innocent as a man chasing a wizard leads to some of the best, dense speculative fiction I've read in years. You'll meet characters from various worlds and points of time, and while it is a lot, never feels like too much.

 If you've read any of King's other works, you'll know that he isn't afraid to show life in its light and darkness. This first book is a great introduction to King's style of writing, and I suggest it to anyone who is wanting to read Stephen King.


— From Hilton's Picks


“An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

A #1 national bestseller, The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, which mirrors our own in frightening ways, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with the boy from New York named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy SummersIf It BleedsThe InstituteElevationThe OutsiderSleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of WatchFinders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark TowerItPet Sematary, Doctor Sleep, and Firestarter are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. 

Praise For…

"An impressive work of mythic magnitude. May turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement."
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"A compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievably to its center."
— Milwaukee Sentinel

"Brilliant, fresh and compelling…will leave you panting for more."
— Booklist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501143519
ISBN-10: 1501143514
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: The Dark Tower