The Dark Tower is a series of books written by American author Stephen King. The novels incorporate themes from a number of genres, including dark fantasy, science fantasy, horror, and Western. The series follows the last "gunslinger" Roland, on a tireless mission to reach the Dark Tower, the nexus of all worlds.
When it comes to horror fiction, there are none better than Stephen King. The breadth of his influence in popular culture can be rivaled by few other authors. Although he is best known for his blood-chilling works of horror, King’s authorship spanned many other genres including supernatural fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. Additionally, he published On Writing, a well-received memoir that was both autobiographical and an informative guide to aspiring writers in 2000.
King’s awards and accolades are many. To name a choice few, King received a Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2003, the National Medal of Arts from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts in 2015, as well as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Award, and the Hugo.
Many of King’s novels have made their way to the silver screen. Based on his novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman was released in 1994 to a stunning reception. Although the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, it won none, but as no small consolation prize, in 2015 the film was chosen by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry based on its cultural significance.
King’s audience base continues to widen as he reaches a new generation through his active Twitter account. King uses his well-earned celebrity to raise awareness, and garner support for his philanthropic passions and political activism.