Connections To Other Books

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Dark Tower

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I thought we could use this thread to discuss the connections between the DT series and Mr King's other works. I know the following have links to the series. Of anybody wants to add more please do.

It
Salem's Lot
Bag of Bones
The Stand
Eyes of the Dragon

I know there's more I just can't think of them.
 

Dark Tower

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Rose Madder
Desperation
Black House
From a Buick 8
The Regulators
Skelton Crew
Hearts in Atlantis
Everything's Eventual

I got these related from being in bold in the beginning of The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower. I'm wondering if any of the newer works are related as well. Duma Key and Under the Dome and such. Maybe even "Mr. Mercedes"?
 

Walter Oobleck

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I, also, enjoy the connections that mean something only to me...or...maybe to others, too...but I'm talking about the not-obvious connections, ideas maybe...problems...the blue-yellow sightings...a repeated phrase here there everywhere...say like his stories about writers...yeah, there is that connection, writers...but then too if you consider it...seems like the question or one question being asked is where do these things come from...connections like that...links in the chain.
 

The Nameless

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Cujo? I've never heard of there being a connection for Cujo. And in Mr. King's defense most of the books that are related to the series did come out BEFORE the Tower lol.
After Kings accident, the guy in the van goes back to see him, and says "I liked your movie Cujo where the boy hides in a car to survive" and King replies "in the book he dies" - or words to that effect (I have put my book away now so can't check just yet)
 

taylor29

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You might check out some of the other threads on the forum. Lots of connections and references and conspiracy theories and more.

I like finding connections, too. I think Duma would be connected to DT by virtue of "there are other worlds than these." I personally think that's true of all other SK books...they all fit. But if I had doubt about something that wasn't there, SK actually said as much in Doctor Sleep.

SK 's revisiting old stories makes me want to hope sentimentality (or whatever motivation is needed) is gripping SK and we get another direct DT soon.
 

Opopanax

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It's probably not related, but Stephen does a great job of spoiling a part of Cujo - Thanks Steve, hadn't read that, nor have I read Salem's Lot, or Insomnia but I now know a bit about them too. He sure does like a spoiler.
I tend to think that there's a time limit on spoilers. I mean, everybody dies at the end of Hamlet, and folks have had a little over 400 years to read it, so I think it's safe to talk about. :a24: All the books you've mentioned are decades old, so I think these are really just references or allusions rather than actual spoilers.
 

Opopanax

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I'm just now beginning the process of re-reading SK's works. I read so many of them as a young person, with no understanding of the growing web of connections. I'd like to pay more careful attention to those, and see what the stories mean to me as a more experienced human being.
 

champ1966

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Got to love SK's connections. Having read pretty much every one of his books.Re-reads are great, because the connections that weren't there 20-30 years ago on your first read are now relevant because of their inclusion in books wrote in the last 15 years.

If connections are your thing I couldn't recommend David Mitchell enough. Most of his books have them between each other. And Cloud Atlas possibly my favourite non SK book is just one bumper book of connections.
 

The Nameless

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I tend to think that there's a time limit on spoilers. I mean, everybody dies at the end of Hamlet, and folks have had a little over 400 years to read it, so I think it's safe to talk about. :a24: All the books you've mentioned are decades old, so I think these are really just references or allusions rather than actual spoilers.
Yeah I know, I guess I was being flippant and a bit sarcastic when I posted that (cant remember for sure though, it was over a year ago). I know king has a way of intertwining his works and likes referencing his past works and he has said before that the dark tower and end world are the root of pretty much everything he writes. Running into spoilers of previous books is an occupational hazard that we have to accept if we don't read them chronologically, I understand this.

I do stand by my statement that he does like a spoiler though - of the book you're reading, he often tells you in advance that someone is going to die within the course of the book.
 

mal

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I was just re-reading Skeleton Crew and in "The Mist" there is a passage...
"Hallucinations turn real: the quicksilver puddle at the point where perspective makes parallel lines seem to intersect is really there; the dead walk and talk; a rose begins to sing."

This was published in 1980. Do you think it is a Dark Tower reference or just a coincidence?
 

masterjedi343

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Well if you've read IT, and The Dark Tower then you know about The Turtle doing his damnest to help out the Loser Club.

You also know that Pennywise/IT mentions that The Turtle died when Bill comes back to fight IT. "Choked on a galaxy" or something along those lines. I believe it also mentions Gan in there somewhere once they kill IT. Therefore we know, that The Trutle exists(or existed) outside 'Space' like The Deadlights.

But In regards to IT being referenced in The Dark Tower...well there is a 'Stuttering Bill' in there somewhere ;) but I don't really know any others off the top of my head. There's a couple clown references here and there but i don't think it's Pennywise at all.
 
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