The Stephen King and Family Universe Timeline

Last Updated: October 19, 2017

It should be interesting to see this develop. What I’m planning here is a written timeline of every significant (and sometimes arguably insignificant) event in the professional (and sometimes personal) lives of Stephen King and his family of authors.

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I want to offer some explanation as to why certain events, which should obviously be included, are not yet included. Simply put, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. This is a lengthy, ongoing project, and I want to be as thorough as possible without getting burned out.

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Joe Hill Short Stories: A Complete Guide

Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, established his own following. Hill is primarily known for his novels, but he has also written many pieces of short fiction. This is a complete guide to Joe Hill short stories and novellas.

palace_corbie_1997_n7-222x300 Joe Hill Short Stories: A Complete GuideThe Lady Rests -This short story was originally published in Palace Corbie #7 in the year 1997. To my knowledge, it has not been seen since.

The Collaborators -This short story was originally published in Implosion #8 in 1998. To my knowledge, it has not been seen since.

Better Than Home – This short story was originally published as a chapbook in 1999. Notably, it is the earliest short story collected in the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts, published in October of 2005.

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Kingversation: An Introductory Conversation Between Two Stephen King Fans

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Introduction

Kingversation will be a series of conversations between two Stephen King fans related to Stephen King and his family of authors. The conversation will be between Aaron Baker of The Stephen King Universe and Bryant Burnette of The Truth Inside the Lie.

This first conversation is introductory and comes days after the release of the trailer for The Dark Tower.

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Leave Them Wanting More: A Review of Gwendy’s Button Box

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My very first introduction to Stephen King came around 1992 or 1993, when my mother, tired of me watching horror films, decided to prod me into reading horror fiction. She brought home a hardback copy of Stephen King’s novella collection Four Past Midnight. So my first introduction to Stephen King was in the form of the novella. This Gwendy’s Button Box review, which is decidedly “spoiler free,” considers the novella within King’s canon as a whole as well.

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Stephen King’s Fictional Serial Killer From 1968 – An Analysis of Strawberry Spring

 

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Stephen King has never written a lot about serial killers. He’s not that conventional. So, it’s interesting to look back through Stephen King’s short fiction to 1968 when he wrote about female college students being picked off by “Springheel Jack” in the short story Strawberry Spring. This is an analysis of the version which would later appear in Night Shift.

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A Complete Guide to Joe Hill Books

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Joehillgfdl-235x300 A Complete Guide to Joe Hill BooksStephen King’s oldest son, Joseph Hillstrom King (“Joe Hill”) was born June 4, 1972. He became a published author in 1997 and has been writing professionally ever since. This is a complete guide to all Joe Hill books.

I included links to supplementary materials where appropriate. I will continue to add to those materials as I find them.

This is not a guide to all of Joe Hill’s individual short stories, because I intend to cover those in a separate guide.

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Social Fear is the Greater Fear, An Analysis of Here There Be Tygers

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Last Updated May 1, 2017

In Here There Be Tygers, Stephen King explores the absolute depth that social fear can take through the eyes of a school child. This short story falls early in Stephen King’s short fiction and was originally published in 1968 when King was just 20 years old.

This is an analysis of Stephen King’s Here There Be Tygers as it was published in the short story collection Skeleton Crew in 1985, at least 17 years after King wrote it.

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What They’re Not Telling You About The Dark Tower Lawsuit

You may or may not have heard that Stephen King has been sued. TMZ reports that The Dark Tower lawsuit alleges that King stole his idea for The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, from a comic book/magazine entitled The Rook. The lawsuit claims $500 million in damages. There’s a lot that they don’t tell you, despite an apparent ability to do so. What follows in this article should not be construed as legal advice. Rather, it is intended to be a more thorough telling of the story thus far.

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An Analysis of Stephen King’s Cain Rose Up

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Last Updated May 2, 2017

When Ubris published Stephen King’s Cain Rose Up, an early short story within King’s body of short fiction, the timing was odd. The nation was only around one and a half years removed from the University of Texas Tower Shooting. The real act was committed by 25-year-old student Charles Whitman. There is not much doubt about the relationship between the mass shooting and King’s fictional Cain Rose Up.

This is meant to be a detailed analysis of the fictional short story. This story appeared in the University of Maine’s literary journal in the Spring of 1968. Any analysis of it must begin with a brief look at school shootings.

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Stephen King Short Stories: A Complete List

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This post contains a complete list of all Stephen King short stories. The list is somewhat expanded to include all poetry and short fiction, including novellas.

Stephen King’s short fiction writing has been downright prolific. He continues to publish short stories or novellas multiple times per year, and when King was first published, the short story is the form that it took. If you are leaving short fiction out of your examination of Stephen King’s career, then you are missing a huge chunk of that career.

King’s short works include short stories, novellas, poetry, screenplays, plays, and even teleplays. Some were published but never collected as part of his several short fiction collections. Some were published and then incorporated into novels.

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