I aim with my eye.
I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I shoot with my mind.
I kill with my heart.”
― Stephen King, The Gunslinger
Signed, Lettered Limited Edition –
Stephen King, Dark Tower Series: Gunslinger. Donald M. Grant, West Kingston, RI, USA, 1982 Signed Twice, by Author Stephen King and Artist Michael Whelan, in Illustrated Dustjacket and Cloth Slipcase
The Dark Tower is a series of books written by American author Stephen King, incorporating themes from multiple genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western. It describes a “gunslinger” and his quest toward a tower, the nature of which is both physical and metaphorical. King has described the series as his magnum opus. In addition to the eight novels of the series proper(an incredible 4,250 pages) many of King’s other books relate to the story, introducing concepts and characters that come into play as the series progresses.
Stephen King references Robert Browning’s 1855 poem ‘ “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” (King uses Rowland), In this sci-fi/fantasy tale, Roland is the last gunslinger on a tireless mission to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all worlds. While King seems to have based the novels on the Browning poem, as opposed to the Childe Roland mentioned in Shakespeare’s King Lear, there are some similarities between Roland’s tale and “Childe Rowland,” such as the sorcerer “Maerlyn” and an antagonistic “king” figure (represented in the novel by the Crimson King). His father’s sword is represented by Roland’s large .45 revolvers and the Door Upon The Hill is referred to many times as “doors to other whens and wheres”, a prominent theme that is explored thoroughly during The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three.