NEW YORK, June 19—Gallery 13, the graphic novel imprint of Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will publish eleven books based on Stephen King’s #1 New York Times bestselling series THE DARK TOWER, it was announced today by Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President and Publisher of Gallery Books.
Originally published to widespread acclaim by Marvel Comics, the acquisition of publishing rights includes eleven official graphic novels as part of STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER—five prequel works focusing on Roland Deschain of Gilead’s coming-of-age and told in chronological order, now officially titled BEGINNINGS: The Gunslinger Born (Book #1), The Long Road Home (Book #2), Treachery (Book #3), The Fall of Gilead (Book #4), The Battle of Jericho Hill (Book #5); AND the six-part comic adaptation of the 1982 bestselling novel THE GUNSLINGER: The Journey Begins (Book #1), The Little Sisters of Eluria (Book #2), The Battle of Tull (Book #3), The Way Station (Book #4), The Man in Black (Book #5), and Last Shots (Book #6).
Creatively overseen by Stephen King himself, these official graphic novels are beautifully illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Jae Lee and Quill Award-winning artist Richard Isanove, plotted by longtime DARK TOWER expert Robin Furth, and scripted by New York Times bestselling author Peter David—ultimately serving as the perfect introduction to Stephen King’s modern literary classic THE DARK TOWER for new readers, and giving longtime fans thrilling adventures merely hinted at in his blockbuster novels.
Gallery 13 will be publishing the BEGINNINGS prequel graphic novels every two weeks starting with The Gunslinger Born on August 14, 2018. THE GUNSLINGER novel adaptation will publish in Spring 2019.
“I’m delighted to see my stories in this exciting format, where they can reach new readers,” said Stephen King.
“Simon & Schuster has been the official publisher of Stephen King for twenty years now, and we’re thrilled that Gallery 13 will be publishing these essential works that he and Marvel Comics originally and vividly brought to life as a canonical expansion of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Tower novel series. Whether you’re just joining Roland Deschain on his brutal and epic journey to the Dark Tower or have already been a longtime member of his ka-tet, these graphic novels boldly and unforgettably capture the one-of-a-kind essence of Stephen King’s Dark Tower reading experience in comic form,” said Ed Schlesinger, Senior Editor at Gallery 13.
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (co-written with his son Owen King), End of Watch, the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, Finders Keepers, Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a recent Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
Ed Schlesinger, Senior Editor at Gallery 13, acquired US, Canada, and Open Market rights from Chuck Verrill at Darhansoff & Verrill.
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GALLERY 13 is the critically acclaimed graphic books line within the Gallery Books imprint dedicated to publishing the highest quality of visual storytelling, championing the graphic novel format as a mainstream medium of art, literature, and commercial entertainment. Launched in 2017, Gallery 13 publishes both fiction and nonfiction, original content and adaptations. Some of Gallery 13’s published works include the American Library Association’s YALSA Award winner Roughneck by Jeff Lemire, the bestselling classics Creepshow by Stephen King & Bernie Wrightson and The Crow by James O’Barr, the Eisner Award nominated Alone and Park Bench by Chabouté, Mis(h)adra by Iasmin Omar Ata (a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens), and All the Answers by Michael Kupperman (a Publishers Weekly Summer Reads 2018 Staff Pick). Upcoming works include Bad Girls by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos, Other People by Joff Winterhart, The Strange Ones by Jeremy Jusay, and Two Dead by Van Jensen and National Book Award winning illustrator Nate Powell.
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