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Tory's suggested Dark Tower reading list

TORY’S SUGGESTED DARK TOWER EXPANDED UNIVERSE READING LIST

Inspired by this reading list, but with some adjustments by yours truly <3 https://tinyurl.com/DARKTOWERBLOG

Links to all recommended titles are at the bottom of this page!

 

  1. DT #1 The Gunslinger & DT #2 The Drawing of the Three (I refuse to sell #1 individually. It must be bought in conjunction with #2. Wow I am annoying)

  2. The Stand (revised, uncut version, which is the version in print currently)

  3. The Eyes of the Dragon

  4. The Talisman [King & Straub]

  5. DT #3 The Waste Lands

  6. DT #4 Wizard and Glass

 

-optional: Bryant’s reading list suggests the novella “The Mist” (published in Skeleton Crew), which you’re welcome to read (it’s great) but I don’t really think it’s necessary; the graphic novels from Marvel cover more of Roland’s earlier life, but aren’t necessary for the full DT plot.

 

  1. It

  2. Oooof. Okay, yes, Insomnia does have characters & concepts that are important in the Dark Tower finale, but it’s just soooo slow and long. I personally didn’t feel like the slog was worth it, but you’re welcome to make your own decision!

 

-optional: Rose Madder. I didn’t read it alongside my last journey to the Tower and I didn’t feel like I was missing out, but SK includes it on his official list of DT-related books.

 

     9./10. Sister/Twinner novels Desperation and The Regulators [by Richard Bachman]

     11. “Everything’s Eventual” short story from the collection of the same name

 

-optional: Bag of Bones. Tenuous connections to the series, but it is a really good book, and it’s another one of SK’s official DT books. “I sacked my own quartermack!” is a household phrase for us :)

 

     12. “The Little Sisters of Eluria” short story from Everything’s Eventual

     13. Hearts in Atlantis

     14. Black House [King & Straub]

 

-optional: From a Buick 8. It’s one of my FAVORITE Kings, it’s hella Lovecraftian, it’s on SK’s list, but I’ve read it a bunch of times and still hardly can consider it part of the DT-iverse.

 

     15. DT #4.5 The Wind Through the Keyhole

     16. ‘Salem’s Lot (Bryant puts this way earlier on his suggested reading list, but by the time I got to Wolves of the Calla [your next read], I'd basically totally forgotten about Father Callahan, and he's super important for the finale.)

 

Alrighty. Buckle up. Here comes the finale.

 

     17. DT #5 Wolves of the Calla

     18. DT #6 Song of Susannah

     19. DT #7 The Dark Tower (try not to cry. Cry a lot.)

 

Lather, rinse, and repeat.

Long days and pleasant nights, gunslinger. :)

 

The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501143519
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501143533
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

The Stand Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9780307947307
Published: Anchor - August 7th, 2012

The Eyes of the Dragon: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501192203
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Published: Gallery Books - January 9th, 2018

The Talisman: A Novel Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781501192272
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Published: Gallery Books - April 17th, 2018

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501143540
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Published: Scribner - May 3rd, 2016

It: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501142970
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Published: Scribner - January 5th, 2016

Insomnia Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501144226
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Published: Gallery Books - February 16th, 2016

The Regulators Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501144271
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Published: Gallery Books - February 16th, 2016

Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501197963
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Published: Scribner - April 17th, 2018

Hearts in Atlantis Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501195976
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Published: Scribner - November 14th, 2017

Black House: A Novel Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781501192296
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Published: Gallery Books - April 17th, 2018

The Wind Through the Keyhole: A Dark Tower Novel (The Dark Tower) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501166228
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Published: Scribner - December 6th, 2016

'Salem's Lot Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780345806796
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Published: Anchor - September 24th, 2013

The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla Cover Image
By Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780743251624
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Published: Scribner - January 4th, 2005

The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah Cover Image
By Stephen King, Darrel Anderson (Illustrator)
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Published: Scribner - April 5th, 2005

The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower Cover Image
By Stephen King, Michael Whelan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780743254564
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Published: Scribner - November 1st, 2005