The Gunslinger; the Dark Tower #1 by Stephen King
Mass market paperback – Pocket Books – Oct2016 – 330 pages
In a desolate reality, a lone and haunting figure known only as Roland makes his way across the endless sands in pursuit of a sinister, dark-robed mystery of a man. Roland is the last of his kind, a “gunslinger” charged with protecting whatever goodness and light remains in his world – a world that “moved on” as they say – and the only way he can possible hope to save everything is to first outwit and confront this man in black, then make him divulge his many arcane secrets. For despite the countless miles he’s already traversed, Roland knows these will merely be his initial steps on his spellbinding and soul-shattering quest to locate they mystical nexus of all worlds, all universes: the Dark Tower.
Based on five short stories from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction between 1978 and 1981, first published in 1982 and revised in 2003, The Gunslinger has drawn countless millions of readers into King’s mythic landscape and fascinating characters.
Cover illustration by Tony Mauro.