Monday, 6 May 2013

The Stephen King Universe Flowchart Update (including the Dark Tower Series)

As I have mentioned before, when I was in Grade Five, I borrowed a battered paperback copy of 'Carrie' from my friend Tarnya Smyth (who stole it from her mum). I was totally hooked and under the spell of Stephen King and his characters from that moment.

I dedicate this chart to Tarnya Smyth's mum. The same woman who took me to the cinema to see both Desperately Seeking Susan and Risky Business. When I was 12. That is very young to be comprehending cheeky Tom Cruise becoming a pimp while his mum and dad were on holidays, isn't it? I am realising that Mrs Smyth was probably my primary source of sexual education. That's kinda weird.

Anyway. Here it is. 

The updated Stephen King Universe Flowchart including the Dark Tower Series.

I have said this about stuff before, but this time I mean it:

This chart is like my fourth child. Be kind to it. It means a lot to me.

I hope you like it.

AND I hope you aren't screaming at your monitor saying, "Ermagerd! I can't believe she left out '.................'!!! What a dick!!!". 

Trust me guys, I took all of your suggestions, connections and corrections on board and tried to confirm as many as I could. If you suggested something and it's not here, it's because I could not back it up through research. Or, because I disproved it through research. I am still totally keen to hear any further connections that you have to offer! I couldn't have made this chart so comprehensive without the help of all the readers. You Sai King geeks are awesome. 

And you were totally right. As I have said before, The Stephen King Universe Flowchart without the Dark Tower is like Happy Days without Fonzie... Still good, but not nearly as cool.

And if this is your first encounter with The Stephen King Universe Flowchart (now with added Ka Tet!!) then get comfy. Put your reading eyes on. Immerse yourself. You may need an aspirin. 

And guess what? You can totally buy the chart.


Purchase The Stephen King Universe Flowchart
60cm x 90cm (23" x 35")
Satin Varnish Finish
Limited print run

OPTION 1:
Delivery within Australia Only

$25 per poster
plus $8 shipping (anywhere in Oz)

OPTION 2:
Delivery Internationally (OUTSIDE Australia)

$25 per poster
plus $18 shipping (anywhere in the Rest of the World)

Now, we are doing a small print run to gauge the response. When the charts sell out, we will reprint and resupply. Once they are sold out, we will not be taking any more orders, until the next print run is complete.

AND, don't forget I live in Australia. Thats, like, really far away. From everything. Except New Zealand. So, when I ship your chart, it will take as long as it takes things to be delivered from the bottom of the planet :-) 


Thanks for all the support and the opportunity to share my particular brand of crazy. Enjoy.

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110 comments:

  1. Deb Smith Baj6 May 2013 21:20

    Love it! Thankyou!!!!!

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  2. thanks so much for all your hard work. this chart is beautiful.

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    1. Oh Michelle, I love to hear it descibed as beautiful x

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  3. I marvel at this thing. Thank you so much for organizing it and making it available.

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  4. This is an amazing and head-spinning piece of work! Well done!

    Bev Vincent
    www.bevvincent.com
    Author of The Road to the Dark Tower,
    The Stephen King Illustrated Companion
    and The Dark Tower Companion

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    1. Wow- thank you so much Bev. Much Respect to you, as a fellow Calvin :-)

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  5. this is a terrific gift of art and mind! Just ordered my copy. kate d. oregon

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    1. It's flying on it's way across the sea to you Kate!!

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  6. what do you think of Stephen King doing things like referencing the shining movie in the drawing of the three? It kind of made my brain melt

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    1. I LOVE it!! Especially as I have read that SK didn't reallt care for the film adaptation.

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    2. He also references the Shining movie in 'The Tommyknockers'

      I thought that was pretty awesome as well.

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  7. As always - totally in awe of your ability - even with my specs on my brain went into meltdown !!! (Possibly because I don't like Stephen King books - sorry - please don't end the friendship - pretty please !!!!)
    Have the best day !
    Me

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    1. Thanks Linda. I know you don;t get it, and thats why I appreciate your kind words even more!! x x

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  8. This is amazing girl! I've read almost all there is of SK and what you've done surely would have required lots of time and dedication. I bow down to you.
    Just a request, can you upload the chart with a bigger resolution? The words are too tiny and I think blogspot reduced the size of the pic.

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    1. Hey Metal Warrior, You don't have to bow down... and if you buy a chart you can read it really well! :-)

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  9. Your work is just amazing ! I'm a french teacher and I fell in love with SK world since I was twelve, and I've read every book you mentioned...
    Thank you for doing this. My dream : your work dedicated by the master himself...

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    1. Thank you so much Lachesis75. I think SK grabs people young and doesn't let go. And your dream= my dream :-)

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  10. Stunning! I love it. Thanks for being so cool :-)

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  11. This is so cool. Posted a link for it on my blog today. Seriously impressed and slightly overwhelmed by the whole thing.

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    1. Thanks BE. I am slightly overwhelmed too :-)

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  12. I would love to purchase a PDF or high res image of this.
    Great work!

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  13. Wow.. looks like a crazy wiring diagram for some kind of killer car... What kind of machine is this? Christine! Nice work...

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  14. Gillian,
    I've told you before (under my Live Journal name of LAPINTADA) that you are fantastic and this chart is absolutely AWESOME. I **knew** you'd love the Dark Tower series!!! I'll be ordering the print and since I live in the US, I'll sit here patiently waiting til it gets here because it is TOTALLY worth it! Thank you!!!!

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    1. I was wondering if you had seen the chart yet! I so appreciate your support :-) Yep, The Dark Tower completed the universe for me- totally. And THANK YOU x

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  15. OH! Forgot to add - I'll be sharing this with friends because they'll be finding this just as great as I do!

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  16. Just ordered my poster! So excited to get it and hang it on the wall in my office. :-)

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  17. Just Amazing work of art.

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  18. Hi! I'm so excited to finally be able to purchase your amazing flow chart. If I order two is the shipping reduced or is it $18 per item? I want to get one for me and one for my best friend. Thank you!! -Kristl

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    1. Ho Kristl, Sorry, I only just saw this comment! Yep, I can do two posters for the $18 shipping- send me an email and Ill send you a paypal invoice for the two posters with one shipping charge. email is tessiedesigns@gmail.com x x x

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  19. You can thank Mr.King for you being able to make money off him.

    A print run, give me a fuckin break.

    This is nothing more than a god damn facebook post at best. I hope I can find the image so I can share it.

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    1. Hi Brandon. As a huge fan of Stephen King, I created something that people seemed to like and respond to. Not really sure what there is here for you to have a problem with, but thanks for your feedback.

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    2. Brandon is a f*ckin idiot, and you are a genius. I have thought of and started doing this many times, and it is an absolute nightmare of logistics and organization. As far as I am concerned, you can make as much money as SK's lawyers will let you get away with, and I hope it's a lot.
      I actually wouldn't be surprised if King himself bought one himself to keep track of the myriad of crossreferences; I seem to recall reading an interview in which he himself said he has a hard time keeping track of things like this...
      Great work, Gillian!
      Get a life, Brandon!
      -Roger

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    3. ...and I would just like to say "himself" one more time, if I may... :)

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  20. I'm certain Stephen King Himself would acknowledge Tessie Girl's work here if He had time, Brandon Moore, so keep your disgusting opinions to yourself if you don't mind. Please and thank-you. It's spineless jellyfish with BAD manners like you on the internet who should be banned from opining. I say job well done, and thank-you for sharing!

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  21. Received my copy of this fantastic poster today, and proudly put it in a frame, and nailed it to the wall next to a pic of SK himself. Thanks again for the wonderful work, and for the addition of another piece of Stephen King memorabilia! Cheers!

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    1. Oh I am so glad you love it! Thanks heaps for your support. x x Gillian

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  22. Laura McKinley May 25/13. This chart is just f***king AMAZING! What a job to undertake! You rock!

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  23. I noticed that you do not mention Jim Gardner in the Tommy knockers referencing the shining as a film and Jack Nicholsons portrayal of Jack Torrance.

    Also would be cool to see a line that ties together all the times one of his characters makes the direct reference to king himself.

    Im gonna buy a poster of this it will be fun to read a king novel and join the dots...

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  24. I can't even keep track of it with the chart right in front of me... To be able to make it is just plain amazing!

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  25. This is awesome! The only connection from his books that I've read that I can't seem to find is the Low Men in Yellow Coats that appear in both "Ur" and "Hearts in Atlantis". I may not have read it close enough, though, there was a lot to read haha

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  26. I'm not entirely sure, but I believe the Talisman is, in part, set in All World. There is certainly a man with uncanny knowledge of Roland, and a clear suggestion that he once knew him. Other than that, this is fantastic! Incredible work.

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  27. Sorry to be a nitpicker, but it should be Ben Hanscom not Ben Hascomb but other than that, amazing!!

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  28. I would love to know how you were able to put this together visually...I have this image of a huge piece of paper on the living room floor with books sitting around on it and you walking around with a sharpie or something, haha. Did it take a ton of drafts?

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  29. The paypal link to ship to outside of Oz does not work. It logs me into PayPal, but doesn't provide the payment/shipping option the way the link to ship inside Oz does.

    Please fix so I can purchase!
    Seth Tepfer
    labst@emory.edu

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  30. Holy @#$% s***.

    I don't know where you found the time, but even just scanning the small version I'm finding connections I didn't know existed. And I wonder, does SK himself have his own personal version of this somewhere? Because, again. Holy @#$% s***, this is impressive.

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  31. This is awesome! Any plans for a digital version? I'd happily pay for a hi-res PDF so that I could pinch & zoom to my heart's content on my iPad.

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  32. Fuckin awesome work! Congratulations...

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  33. lol I was also in the 5th grade when I read my first Stephen King book. It was Pet Semetary and I swiped it from my older brother's room. I took it to school, the teacher saw me reading it and took it away. She called my mom in because I was reading "inappropriate books". When we got home, my mom gave it back and told me not to take it to school anymore. <3

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  34. I love SK's works, I think "Cujo" may have been my first reading. The movie did not do the book many honors; this always seems to be the case,such as, "The Stand."
    I found, "The Hobbit," and when returning to the library I was limited to checking out 3 books at a time so I slipped the 3rd book of the Trilogy in the front of my pants. I read all 4 books in a row, returned, "the Hobbit" and legally checked out the 3rd book, read all night, every night, until my flashlight ran out of juice. (I only mention this since I do understand how utterly absorbed one can get when reading...)
    I did much the same when the second book of The Dark Tower series came out with the exception I was older and could stay up as late as desired. Unfortunately, I lost the last two books, have not replaced or read the rest of them; my loss.
    Great chart, a labor of your passion well done. I will have to manipulate it in Photoshop to get some better clarity.
    thanx,

    JQx

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  35. I'd dearly love to buy a copy, but I'm having the same problem as Seth Tepfer above - the purchase link for outside AUS sends me to Paypal with no payment/shipping options. Is there another way we can order?

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    1. Hi Kate,

      Sorry about that! Yep, there is an issue with the buy now button on my sidebar. You can still use the buy now button at the bottom of the blog post. That one works. Cheers, Gillian

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    2. Thank you! I just ordered my copy - I can't wait to sit down and give it a good read :)

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  36. This is amazing! I cannot even imagine how much time this took, and as a SK fan-girl, I love that you did it!! I don't know if you're interested in including anything more, as that would make this chart even more intricate, but in the short story Nona (in Skeleton Crew), the protagonist has a crush on Ace Merrill's girlfriend. Vern Tessio tells Ace, who beats him up. There may be others, too, but I'm a little too overwhelmed (in a good way) by the chart to think of them now. Well done!!

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  37. One of my friends just sent me the original from a different site, so I checked back here and WOW! I don't think my eyes could get any bigger staring at this! SO amazingly beautiful! :) Job well done!! Thank you! -KMT

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  38. I tried to email you, but gmail bounced it back...

    Hi!

    I just wanted to say you're awesome, and the poster is awesome! :-)

    My brother Phil ordered one for me a couple weeks ago, and I just received it a few days ago. So cool! I plan to laminate it and hang it on the wall right next to my bookshelf full of SK books.

    Thanks, again!

    -Mike; California, US
    PS--loved the handwritten note, too

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  39. nice. regarding 'the shop' it and john rainbird were mentioned several times in the tv miniseries 'golden years' written by stephen king. v. 5 soon. ;)

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  40. I just got my copy of this chart. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for this! I am going to be a first year social studies teacher this year and this guy is going right up my classroom wall!

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  41. This is fantastic. It's like seeing old friends again.

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  42. This is just so...freaking...awesome - I have no words!

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  43. I'm a sentimental gal, & this made me tear up:-) SK's characters have been my friends at times when I was lacking them. So what book was my first adventure: 'It' Perfect for those who feel like the odd one out. Plus, my mom who passed away last year introduced me to 'It' & many other SK books. So, I say thankee to you fellow Constant Reader as your work has touched my heart.

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  44. This is without a doubt the coolest thing I have seen a fan of anyone ever do. A true labor of love. I am going to order a poster soon. Thanks so much for making this :)

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  45. Absolutely LOVE this chart!

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  47. I share spaceylover9's sentiment. I read my first Stephen King book in first grade - The Shinning. My mother was a fan of his work - and had a wide variety of his books (published at the time) so I read what she had. I took The Shinning to show and tell at school - which of course, prompted a swift phone call to my mom. After a grueling Q & A, my mother laughed at the principal and asked him what bothered him most, that I brought an inappropriate book - or that I read and understood it? I've been an avid reader since I was 4 years old, and that is my best memory of his work. The Shinning paved the way for Christine, Cujo, It, Night Shift, 'Salem's Lot, Tales From The Crypt comics, Carrie, Misery and The Stand all well before I was in 6th grade. This is not to say I understood every reference, but I did re-read each one several times well into adulthood - and as her library grew, so did mine. His work is such a huge part of my life, and brings back fond memories of my mother and our conversations about his adaptations. My mother passed last year in February after being in a PVS since December 2006. I read to her every weekend one of his many shorts, which I'm sure she enjoyed. This is an awesome chart, so thank you for creating it!

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  48. Amazingly amazing and wow, is all this big mouth can say :)

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  49. Wow! I can't even imagine the work that went into this. Awesome job :)

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  50. Absolutely amazing and I will be buying. Thank you so much!

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  51. WOW, will take me about the same length of time to read a Stephen King book as it will to study this....... fantastic job, well done :D

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  52. Don't know if he'd fit in your scheme, but I think Ulrich Wicks is in more than one of his books. In real life he's the English Prof. at U. Maine Orono who hired King.

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  53. I just ordered one! This is my new favorite thing in the universe. You are my hero! :)

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  54. Thank you it made me realize there are a few of Mr. Kings books that i no longer have cuz some dumbass stole them from me . :(

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  55. I bet even Stephen King will buy one just to keep himself organized. Totally fascinating and brilliant.

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  56. Mike - South UK23 June 2013 05:00

    This is so boss :) . Just ordered mine, it will hang above the dedicated/overflowing SK bookcase. Top job.

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  57. I love this chart. I am a big Stephen King fan as well. I was hooked as a teenager when I first read the book "IT". This really is a work of art.

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  58. I have been reading SK since I was a small child and his flow in his books and his constancy of keeping every thing connected has always fascinated me to a point where I started keeping track of this myself manually, thank you so much for taking the time to make this and offering to his constant readers, I thank ye sai, big-big!! I'm sure the master would be well pleased.

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  59. Great Job, love to have it in my wall soon.

    In The Stand, when Stu faces his final walk, he find that world Christine in the road.

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  60. This is wonderful! I love some of King's books, but i would not be able to do this on his work. I do, however, love seeing people organize their passions. My deep passion is for the original Dark Shadows, but I haven't (yet!) done anything this elaborate.

    One tiny correction (don't hit me!) Mother Abagail does not spell her name like the Abigail of the Bible. In a few years, when you make a new version (we know there will be more novels) you can put that on your list to correct.
    Congratulations on a fantastic job!

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  61. This must be what Stephen King's brain neuralnet looks like! :-) Amazing job!

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  62. It's a bloody work of art (literally, for some of the stories referenced). I haven't even heard of some of these stories, and I'm a die hard. This makes me want to find what I haven't read and read it! It also illustrates right before your eyes that SK has created a universe to rival Tolkein, Lucas or Roddenberry. Wow!

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  63. It would be awesome if you had an option to download in high resolution, and people could have it printed locally. Pay for the download of course. Just a suggestion! Thanks for all your hard work! Looks VERY cool.

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  64. This is BRILLIANT! I need it on a WALL to navigate it! And with room to add all the rest of the books he's still publishing!

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  65. Just an awesome job, well done! ,,, but where's The Mist?
    :D

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  66. Please...for the love of your father....it is takurO spirit...not takura -.-
    And now enjoy yourself finding the other THREE horrific errors u put into your beautiful scheme.
    Please...please...pay attention when you decide to play with something so special to lots of people...please.

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    1. Hi Leo, I understand your passion and love for Stephen King. Thanks for the feedback.

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  67. I Have Read Only A Few SK books But I Have To Say This Is Amazing. I'm Sorry That Those Like LeoCut Cannot Comprehend That We Are Not All Machines. Some Of Us, Most Of Us, Are Only Human And Mistakes, (Real Or Perceived) Happen Because Of It. I Think It Is beautifully done!
    And For Those Trying To Short Circuit A Payment Well Deserved, Think Of It As Art! And Infringement!

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  68. If you need to be a machine to spell correctly a bunch of names then you're right.. that bunch of names isn't the real problem... lol

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  69. I'd be curious if Golden Years ties into this other than having The Shop in it? That one was a TV mini-series only, no book. Something to look into? :-)

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  70. So...where do I start? I mean, is any one book better suited to start with than another?

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  71. You can make your own flowchart with Lucidchart :)

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    1. I make my own flowcharts with my brain.

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  72. I'd like to order 2 but don't see an option to...

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  73. Angela Viveen14 July 2013 04:18

    I got my copy yesterday. Can't wait to frame it and hang it on my wall.

    Thanks for the great work and handwritten note ^^

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  74. The Library Policeman references Paul Sheldon of Misery

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  75. This is missing quite a few references...

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    1. I just wrote that, but would still like to mention you have actually done a great job.

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  76. Just a minor fix: Eyes of the Dragon is set in All-World. That's why Rhea of the Coos appears in that book, and why Roland Deschain eventually crosses paths with Thomas and Dennis.

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  77. Have you thought about including his mini-series works also? Watching Storm of the Century prompted me to visit your flow chart again to blow my fiance's mind about how so much is connected. And it seems that he keeps up the patterns of connection through these also. Just a thought. :) Wonderful chart btw.

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  78. I salute you and the incredible amount of work you've put into this. Unfortunately, I can't buy a copy right now, as I'm a poor US college student with very limited funds. Perhaps someday soon I'll be able to. Until then, keep up the great work!

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  79. thanks for flowchart. best job.

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