Well folks, here we are, a year to the day since I started this blog. Our heroes have traveled thousands of wheels, been through much, and finally the gunslinger has…
Author Archives: Joe Rechtman
The Two Types Of Artists At The End Of The Dark Tower
And yet there is one crucial thing they have in common: they are both artists. They are working in completely different media—Patrick Danville is a prodigy with a pencil, while Dandelo performs stand-up comedy under the alias of Joe Collins—but they are both artists, each representing very different kinds of creative personalities.
The Last Temptation Of Stephen King
There are many readers who feel that was a mistake, that King got scared of leaving the work unfinished and rushed his way to the ending…
Who Is The Crimson King?
Furth does a great job summarizing the backstory of the Crimson King and his role in the text, but what does that role represent in the subtext? In this story about storytelling, where does the Lord of Spiders fit into the metaphor?
The Worst Part Of The Dark Tower
In fact, I hate it so much, it feels like my brain won’t allow me to actually process the words…
Ka-Shume: TFW The End Is Nigh
I believe that King knew his readers would be feeling this way—he was almost certainly feeling it himself, knowing what he had to write next—and decided to address it directly, to give it a name in the high speech and share it with his characters as they share khef, so we wouldn’t have to feel it alone…
Stephen King’s Not-So-Fond Farewell To Randall Flagg
But is that end loose in the first place because King chose to cut it loose? What if he dismisses Flagg as a threat so casually because he was simply bored with his own villain?
Is The Dark Tower Movie Good Actually?: In Defense Of The Indefensible
Sure, it’s only the Epcot version of Mid-World, not nearly as rich and immersive as the “real” thing, but you know what? Sometimes you’re in the mood to actually travel around the world, and sometimes you’re in the mood to get hammered and ride “Its A Small World.”
Rewriting Your Reality: The Diary Of Stephen King
King masterfully uses this blurry space to make his story feel real and affect his audience, but I think he also uses it as an opportunity to reflect on, and even rewrite, who he used to be…
The Craftiness of Stephen King’s Foreshadowing
The only thing Stephen King loves more than killing off his characters is telling you he’s about to kill off his characters. From Pet Sematary to It, he is the master of making his readers fall in love with a character, only to turn around and announce their imminent deaths…