The Dark Tower - Books - Stephen King
It was easy for the readers, and later for the audience of the movie, to automatically assume that was another one of these stories that denounce the death penalty, as well as the usual injustice applied against African Americans in the Deep South in the 30s. And yet, a close look at the story and its symbolism proves that Stephen King's point is totally different, and only has vague implications regarding social or racial issues. In fact, doesn't deal with the story of a Black male who is unfairly executed; it deals with the life (at least part of it) and execution of Christ.
The Dark Tower - Comics - Stephen King
It seems like a lot of people misunderstood the meaning of this scene, wondering why the caring, Jesus-John Coffey would have consciously committed such a violent act of revenge and punishment. To understand why this scene happens, we have to go back to the Legion episode of the Bible and the healing of Melinda Moores. In the Bible, once Jesus exorcises the demons out of the possessed man, he fools them by proposing to possess the souls of pigs; but the possessed pigs go crazy and throw themselves from a cliff, thus expelling the demons with no more soul to possess. Stephen King follows the same pattern in Once John Coffey "inhales" the evil out of possessed-like Melinda Moores, he eventually transmits it to Percy Wetmore (his unpure soul can probably relate to that of the pig). Obviously, Percy doesn't run off a cliff to get rid of the evil and therefore expels it by shooting to death prisoner William Wharton.
You can now easily see what Stephen King's point was. The fable he's telling us is based on the life of Christ and the Passion and, in the end, has very little to do with the traditional anti-death penalty story most people think it's about.
IT is the 22nd book published by Stephen King
I remember reading in Stephen King's autobiography that he often found inspiration for his books by asking himself "What if...?" and finishing the phrase with an original, unusual (and yes sometimes scary!) situation. As I was reading I started wondering what this phrase (or actually wonder) could have been. The answer came to me later, and most people who also figured it out could tell that the point of the story is a lot more profound than it may seem at first.
Stephen King, Desert Island Discs - BBC Radio 4
Their leader, a fourteen-year-old shepherd boy named Stephen from Cloyes-sur-le-Loire, France, has vision of Christ and delivers a letter to the King of France.
Around 2012, Stephen King had an idea for a book
When you name Stephen King in front of other people, you can be sure that most of them will immediately stop taking you seriously, as images of gooey one-eyed monsters come to their minds. As successful and famous as Stephen is, it seems that his talent is never truly acknowledged by those who never had a chance to read his books. The literary establishment also seems to refuse to see him as a writer, and would rather simply leave him in the guy-who-writes-creepy-nutty-stories section. Yet, there's a lot to be said about King's talent as a simple storyteller, and an overview of his novels should also prove that he didn't write fantastic or "supernatural" stories. is a perfect and recent example of a story that never really falls into the fantastic genre, despite the prejudices against its author.
Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King, Owen King |, …
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination - a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel , King sweeps readers back in time to another moment - a real life moment - when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students - a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane - and insanely possible - mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, is Stephen King at his epic best.