Monday, October 04, 2004

Long road and sad eyes

Well, yesterday I bought the seventh and last of the Dark Tower books by Stephen King (entitled The Dark Tower, apropriatly enough). I first found the Dark Tower series in high school my junior year (oddly the same year I met the Demon). A good friend of mine introduced me to them and we swaped books when he had the first and I had the second. I loved King before I'd found this particular series, I just hadn't come across them before. It was the first time Stephen had done anything that continued past one book. It's now been 15 years since I opened 'The Gunslinger" which was the first of the series, and it's been a long and often scarey road we've traveled together. Now here I am and Mr. King is retiring and I feel sad to have reached the clearing at the end of the path with him. I'm almost afraid to start reading it because it kind of represents almost a saying goodbye to an old friend to me. For so many years I have enjoyed Stephen's stories. They are like bookmarks of my life. If I knew how, I'd like to write him and thank him for all the memories and smiles and yes even a few sleepless nights over the years. I still have other writers who I follow (Clive Cussler is a great adventure writer and Terry Pratchett has a new book due out this month - Postal Service- which I am quite looking forward to). But in the begining, when I first picked up books and learned that not all friends were people or animals, it was Jim Davis (Garfield) and Stephen King that I found. I wish Mr. King all the best in life and hope that from time to time he might still get the urge to put pen to paper (or fingers to keypad) and I will welcome him back like the old friend he is. But for now it must be.... oh hell, I can't say it. Let's just leave it at see you next time. I can at least lie to myself.

5 Voices In The Darkness:

Blogger BM, The Necessary Movement Screams...

Good luck my friend. Be strong.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Purplepyramid Screams...

At least you get to visit his old haunts from time to time.

11:21 AM  
Blogger statichead Screams...

Regretably Mr King and i went our seperate ways years ago. I don't know why or exactly when it happened but one day i turned around and he was gone. I must admit i do miss him and his tales and hope to some day reconcile with him. Fortunately, when i do we'll have plenty of catching up to do.Cool.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Dream Screams...

I got the last Dark Tower book the day it came out... I guess the 60-70 times I mentioned it during the 48 hours prior to its release must have let my wife know I wanted it pretty badly... It was good... It was a rush job it looks like to me but I guess the Song of the Turtle was letting him know that time was running short... I do remember we used to talk about them all the time... I remember getting pissed off when my first wife put "This book belongs to Andrew Stewart" stickers inside the covers of my entire SK collection... Trust me nothing looks more retarded than stickers with cute kitties on them telling people this horror book belongs to you... Email me dammit... City of Heroes kicks ass... We are well met...

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous Screams...

It is sad and weird at the same time, the idea of King leaving, and so hard to believe. I haven't read one of his books since I was in high school, it has been awhile. Every now and again I get a craving for one, but I don't have the time for it, or any other novel book. Some day I will again, probably when I am old and gray and can't understand what I am reading anymore.

7:17 PM  

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