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Gunslinger V. Gunslinger

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower I: The Gunslinger' started by Kielacqua, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. Kielacqua

    Kielacqua New Member

    After re-reading The Dark tower series after reading Gunslinger by Edward Dorn, I wonder if King found some inspiration there after seeing some common themes. Has anyone else noticed this?
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  2. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Hi and welcome
    Have not read the one by Dorn. However here is some info
    The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger


    Stephen's inspirations for the series included Robert Browning's poem, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and the "spaghetti Westerns" of the '70s.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...welcome young Miss, from the resident Village Idiot and grumpy old fart...
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  4. Ebdim9th

    Ebdim9th Dressing the Gothic interval in tritones

    And he always finds a little room for Lovecraft or a lot... welcome aboardie Kielacqua !
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  5. Kielacqua

    Kielacqua New Member

    If you haven't read Dorn I highly recommend him. I find his book a possible form of inspiration because it was published around the time King was first contemplating the storyline for this series (1968)
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  6. ghost19

    ghost19 "Have I run too far to get home?"

    Howdy ma'am. Welcome.
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  7. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    What are the common themes? Howard Hughes as the Tic-Toc man, that'd be a new take. King has that Hearts in Suspension just out from the University of Maine press and included in that are essays from others from that time period, the fabled 60s. Don't know Dorn. Given a chance I'll certainly check him out. Two volumes, hey? Welcome aboard. New Mexico? Relatives there...Santa Fe. Aunt Bea and Dennis, some cousins, Smart Aleck and his bro.
  8. Tery

    Tery Dreaming in Middletown Moderator

  9. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

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    Welcome to SKMB Kielacqua
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  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

  11. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

  12. Philzilla

    Philzilla Well-Known Member

    Yes, it does feel as if there is a connection.
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    king family fan Prolific member

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