The Abstract and the Literal in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series

With Stephen King's The Dark Tower series there's a distinct dividing line made by the fourth book, Wizard and Glass, in the series. The first three deal mostly in metaphor, with Roland's travels through Mid-World seeming to represent his own consciousness, or a kind of collective consciousness: Jake being his childhood, Eddie as his friends (Cuthbert, … Continue reading The Abstract and the Literal in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Series

Stephen King’s IT and the Withholding of Mike Hanlon’s Race

It's not revealed that Mike Hanlon is African American until 421 pages into the Signet paperback edition of Stephen King's IT. When it is, it's done so in a rather coy way, with Mike writing in his journal about the time his father, Will Hanlon, told him about the incident at the "Black Spot" in … Continue reading Stephen King’s IT and the Withholding of Mike Hanlon’s Race

Filial Cannibalism in IT: Chapter One (2017)

So I'm a shoe-in for IT: Chapter One (2017) and its sequel next year. I'm a Stephen King super fan, and being in my 30s I have a healthy fear of clowns due to the original 1990 mini-series. I've also re-read the book, for the first time in a few decades, in the last year and what I appreciate … Continue reading Filial Cannibalism in IT: Chapter One (2017)