The Dark Tower by Stephen King

DarkTower LOST Book Club - LBC


"The Dark Tower" is the seventh book in "The Dark Tower" series by Stephen King.

This story begins with Jake Chambers and Father Callahan battling the evil infestation within the Dixie Pig, a vampire lounge in New York City featuring roasted human flesh and doors to other worlds.

LOST References

Although this book is part of "The Dark Tower" series, it is not specifically referenced in LOST. However, there may still be some comparisons and analogies to draw upon with LOST and other books included in Lostpedia's Literary Works.

The Author

Stephen King (born September 21, 1947) is an American author of contemporary horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy fiction.

"The Dark Tower" won the British Fantasy Award in 2005.

"The Dark Tower" was published on September 21, 2004 - King's birthday.


"Not hear? When noise was everywhere! it tolled

Increasing like a bell. Names in my ears

Of all the lost adventurers, my peers —

How such a one was strong, and such was bold,

And such was fortunate, yet each of old

Lost, lost! one moment knelled the woe of years.

There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met

To view the last of me, a living frame

For one more picture! In a sheet of flame

I saw them and I knew them all. And yet

Dauntless the slug-horn to my lips I set,

And blew. 'Childe Roland to the Dark Tower came.'

—Robert Browning "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"

I was born

Six-gun in my hand,

behind a gun

I'll make my final stand.

—Bad Company

What have I become?

My sweetest friend

Everyone I know

Goes away in the end

You could have it all

My empire of dirt

I will let you down

I will make you hurt

—Trent Reznor

The Characters

Go to The Dark Tower series by Stephen King for a complete list of characters

Discussion Points

  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.

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Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 15:20, July 30, 2010 (UTC)

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