An Introduction to The Stephen King Universe
I’m a 39-year-old professional with a family. I live in Ohio. I want to do whatever it takes to become an expert in Stephen King. This website documents that effort. This is unofficial, which is to say that it is not authorized by or associated with Stephen King or his various publishers.
This blog began in 2017, the year of King’s 70th birthday. We are in the midst of a Stephen King renaissance. He is still publishing novels and short stories, yes, but there are also many film and television adaptations on the way, some of which take a second crack at novels or short stories already adapted.
Additionally, the entire King family is published. His wife, Tabitha King, as well as his sons, Joe Hill and Owen King, all have significant bodies of work. Joe Hill in particular seems determined to follow in his father’s footsteps as a world-building author. These are exciting times for King fans. There is a lot to write about.
This website is the work of one person. Therefore, updates may be irregular or far between.
Although I am only one person, I will owe the inspiration for so many of the articles to come to those writers who have come before me on this same topic. There are many to mention, but for now let’s leave it at the late Rocky Wood (author of Stephen King: A Literary Companion), George Beahm (author of The Stephen King Companion), and Stephen J. Spignesi (author of The Complete Stephen King Encyclopedia).
I would be remiss if I did not also mention the work of Bryant Burnette over at The Truth Inside the Lie. I enjoy his writing on that blog, almost exclusively about the work of Stephen King, a great deal.
This is going to be a lot of work.
To give you an idea of the sort of undertaking that is to come, I recently came across this image at Horror Films 101:
This is a stunning image. The Dark Tower series, which is currently comprised of eight full novels on its own (and maybe more to come), is at the very center of it.
Not nearly every Stephen King novel is included in this chart, as not all of them are related. Over 100 short stories are likewise not here. This doesn’t include any of King’s non-fiction writing or any interviews he has given. It also doesn’t begin to touch on any of his films or television shows. Not a single piece of work from his family is on the chart either.
If you are a big fan of King already, you likely know all of this. I point all of this out merely to emphasize the size of the undertaking this blog will be. When I say that I intend to write about King’s books and movies, I mean all of them.
I want this blog to be your online companion to a thorough understanding of King’s works. Spignesi, Wood, and Beahm sold their works as books, and I suppose I may eventually do the same, but my work will at least primarily, if not wholly, be made available free of charge on this website.
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