The Gunslinger

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The Gunslinger

By Stephen King; Michael Whelan (Illustrator)

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452284692, 231pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea. Roland is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange singlemindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape. The people he encounters are left behind, or worse left dead. At a way station, however, he meets Jake, a boy from a particular time (1977) and a particular place (New York City), and soon the two are joined "khef," "ka," and "ka-tet." The mountains lie before them. So does the man in black and, somewhere far beyond...the Dark Tower.

About the Author
Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."