Question regarding Castle Rock

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Gerald

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Does anyone keep track of this?

Is his lay-out of Castle Rock actually the same in all the books or does he keep adding places, roads and streets in a way that suit his stories best?

I've read most of the Castle Rock books, but they never come with a map, so it's kind of hard to tell. I find it hard to visualize all the roads he names throughout his writing to a coherent town (he mainly describes the settings of his books through roads).

Is there actually a map of Castle Rock that sticks close to the description in the stories (there was a map of King's Maine at large at some point - but not the individual towns: Castle Rock, Haven, Derry etc.)?

(It's strange by the way: this book is available in my country as an audiobook and Ebook, but not the hardcover - you would assume these appear at the same time. I'm sure it gets translated though and will appear as a physical book eventually. The audio also includes a conversation with the authors and the Edward Hopper inspired The Music Room.)
 
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(It's strange by the way: this book is available in my country as an audiobook and Ebook, but not the hardcover - you would assume these appear at the same time. I'm sure it gets translated though and will appear as a physical book eventually. The audio also includes a conversation with the authors and the Edward Hopper inspired The Music Room.)

Translation rights are sold to different publishers throughout the world so publication dates vary widely.
 

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Translation rights are sold to different publishers throughout the world so publication dates vary widely.

But I can order the audiobook and Ebook in English from the major online retailer here, but not the hardcover, which seems strange.

I usually wait for the translation though, as I'm used to always having read his books in my own language. I hope they include The Music Room too in it, if it comes out
It's strange, but I always like the way the books look and feel better in my own language, even though I can read English without problems and do with many other writers who aren't translated here at all, or sparingly. It's probably to do with nostalgia, habit or tradition, but I always prefer the editions here over the original English ones...
 

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But I can order the audiobook and Ebook in English from the major online retailer here, but not the hardcover, which seems strange.

I usually wait for the translation though, as I'm used to always having read his books in my own language. I hope they include The Music Room too in it, if it comes out
It's strange, but I always like the way the books look and feel better in my own language, even though I can read English without problems and do with many other writers who aren't translated here at all, or sparingly. It's probably to do with nostalgia, habit or tradition, but I always prefer the editions here over the original English ones...
The print book is not being done by Scribner; just the audiobook as part of Simon&Schuster Audiobooks.
 

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The US/UK/English language rights may have limited distribution due to other hardcover versions being licensed in different parts of the world. That's not uncommon.

Usually all the hardcovers (and later paperbacks) of SK are available here everywhere, online and in actual stores. Probably slightly later than in the US - is the hardcover of this one published very recently, because that might explain it: the hardcovers simply haven't arrived here yet.
 

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The print book is not being done by Scribner; just the audiobook as part of Simon&Schuster Audiobooks.

The Ebook and hardcover are Cemetery Dance. I kind of expect the English hardcover to turn up at my retailer though and certainly in stores here, I think it's just too recent. Or it could be too limited, which could also explain why they don't offer it here.

They do offer The Dark Man hardcover from Cemetery Dance though. Or is this one more limited?
 

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Usually all the hardcovers (and later paperbacks) of SK are available here everywhere, online and in actual stores. Probably slightly later than in the US - is the hardcover of this one published very recently, because that might explain it: the hardcovers simply haven't arrived here yet.
Yes, very recently and by a small, niche publisher, not SK's usual publisher, Scribner/Simon & Schuster.
 

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The Ebook and hardcover are Cemetery Dance. I kind of expect the English hardcover to turn up at my retailer though and certainly in stores here, I think it's just too recent. Or it could be too limited, which could also explain why they don't offer it here.

They do offer The Dark Man hardcover from Cemetery Dance though. Or is this one more limited?
That's something that Cemetery Dance might be better equipped to answer for you as they're in charge of distribution of the books.
 

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....Just Google "Map of Derry" and you should see some results....

Thanks, there are even a couple of different ones of them.
I added Stephen King though, otherwise you get Derry (or Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. There are also several real Derry's in the US.

I wouldn't mind if more maps were added to the books, like they did with Under the Dome. Even Dark Tower doesn't have maps (although the comics do), when with most fantasy-books there is nearly always a map in it.

I really find it hard to tell when thinking back over the books that are about Castle Rock if there's any continuity to the lay-out of the town, or that it's different every time...
 

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My guess was right, the hardcovers took longer than the other formats to arrive here. Although now they have two different hardcovers, one more expensive than the other.

Is there a hardcover WITH and one WITHOUT illustrations perhaps? The problem with retailers online often is that they have so many products, they do not put all the specifications up always.
 

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This may be apocryphal since I can't find the source of the conversation online, but I remember during one interview King joking that he knew Castle Rock so well he could draw a map of it. He went on to say that because of this he decided to destroy the town (in Needful Things). He wanted to move on and find new locales, fresh ideas. From my perspective, he's been really consistent in the descriptions of Castle Rock but, as writers do, he has played around with moving things (streets/streams/distances) out of convenience. To my knowledge, no one has tried to extrapolate from his books a literal map. I'd love to see one, though.