I’m a huge Stephen King nerd. To anyone that knows me this is not a surprise. In the sub-set of this I am a big Dark Tower fan as well. Reading through his books and finding the connections was a giant thrill. Even before getting into the Dark Tower set of books knowing that in Needful Things we revisit the farm from Cujo made me excited. Reading and seeing that the monster that Tad is afraid lives in his closet in Cujo is Frank Dodd from The Dead Zone blew my mind.
While today shared universes are abundant in films and even some in books back when these books were coming out it wasn’t nearly as common. So getting a reference to another book you had read was like a new experience.
Later I got into the Dark Tower books and found out that everything King has written is connected to this one set of stories. Every character and every plot can be traced back to the Tower through any amount of small to large references.
When it was announced that at Comicon that they were actually printing up versions of the childrens book Charlie The Choo-Choo as exclusive items I tried to get anyone I knew that was there to grab me one. Sadly it was not meant to be. Luckily Simon and Schuster saw there was a demand for this so they decided to make it a mass market book.
I was lucky enough to get sent a review copy and I was jumping up and down with glee when it came in the mail. It serves as a basic meta prop from the Dark Tower book. Jake finds a copy of Charlie The Choo-Choo in a book store in the Tower books and now there is a real version you can hold in your hands.
With the movie coming up it’s a fun item to have. I read through it and it is presented with great artwork from Ned Dameron as it tells the tale of old Charlie as he is seen as obsolete next to the more modern diesel engine, who looks like I imagine Blaine The Mono looks from The Wastelands. It’s a fun thing to own if you’re a big King fan like I am. I have it sitting on my shelf with the Dark Tower books.