The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem

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“Randall Flagg came to me when I wrote a poem called ‘The Dark Man’ when I was a junior or senior in college, but that guy never left my mind.” — Stephen King

Stephen King first wrote about the Dark Man in college after he envisioned a faceless man in cowboy boots and jeans and a denim jacket forever walking the roads. Later this dark man would come to be known around the world as one of King’s greatest villains, Randall Flagg, but at the time King only had simple questions on ...

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Overview

“Randall Flagg came to me when I wrote a poem called ‘The Dark Man’ when I was a junior or senior in college, but that guy never left my mind.” — Stephen King

Stephen King first wrote about the Dark Man in college after he envisioned a faceless man in cowboy boots and jeans and a denim jacket forever walking the roads. Later this dark man would come to be known around the world as one of King’s greatest villains, Randall Flagg, but at the time King only had simple questions on his mind: Where was this man going? What had he seen and done? What terrible things...?

i have ridden rails...

More than forty years after Stephen King first wrote his breathtaking poem ‘The Dark Man,’ Glenn Chadbourne set out to answer those questions in this World’s First Edition hardcover featuring more than 70 full–page illustrations from the talented artist behind The Secretary of Dreams.

i have slept in glaring swamps...

This Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover is a true marriage of words and art, with Chadbourne pulling the images from King’s imagination and illustrating them in magnificent detail. This incredible blending of King’s words with Chadbourne’s art creates a unique page turning experience you can return to again and again, always finding new details hidden in every illustration. You’ll discover hidden layers and mysterious secrets for years to come.

i am a dark man...

So who is the Dark Man and why is he traveling the country? The answers are terrifying...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/09/2013
King first conceived of his most famous villain, Randall Flagg, as a college student in the poem featured here. Faceless and ominous, this man is brought to life by illustrator Glenn Chadbourne in this edition of the poem. While Chadbourne's illustrations take center stage—eerie pencil drawings evoke a decrepit world of spiders, gravestones, and abandoned buildings—what is most remarkable about this book is King's poem itself. While famous for his prose, King demonstrates his talent as a writer here in his incredible use of language. Especially considering the young age at which the poem was written, the originality of description, rhythm, and word choice are impressive. The poem, even without the illustrations, is sure to send shivers up your spine, and serves as a wonderfully creepy edition to King's oeuvre. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587674211
  • Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 489,088
  • Product dimensions: 8.71 (w) x 5.88 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen King has written more than forty novels and two hundred short stories. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and he also received the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He has released numerous special editions with Cemetery Dance Publications including From a Buick 8, The Secretary of Dreams (Volume One), The Secretary of Dreams (Volume Two), It: The 25th Anniversary Special Limited Edition, Doctor Sleep, the World’s First Edition of Blockade Billy, and Full Dark, No Stars. King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard Bachman
      Stephen A. King
      Stephen Edwin King
    2. Hometown:
      Bangor, Maine
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portland, Maine
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970
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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    I'll preface this by saying, as I often have, that I'm not a bi

    I'll preface this by saying, as I often have, that I'm not a big reader of poetry. This is an appropriately moody and disturbing piece given what we know King would do with The Dark Man, Randall Flagg, in books like The Stand. But it's also not the greatest, most affecting poem King has written over the years. I think the attention it's garnering right now is due more to the fact that it is previously unpublished King work from early in his career, and that stuff is always fun to discover. What really makes this book work are the absolutely distinct full page illustrations by Glenn Chadbourne. I'm not as familiar with Chadbourne's work as I probably should be, but man does he know how to set the mood, how to tease detailed images out of just a few lines (or even one line) of text. I've read the book through twice before writing this short review, and flipped to random pages several more times, just trying to absorb the art, and I see something new each time I look at a page. Some little line detail, some shape that my eyes hadn't focused on before. Chadbourne's work is what makes this a four star book for me -- knowing I'll be back to look at the art again in a month or a year and that I'll still see something I hadn't noticed before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    recommend

    Entirely different from anything I have read by King.

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  • Posted September 16, 2013

    Another great release from Cemetery Dance and well worth adding

    Another great release from Cemetery Dance and well worth adding to your Stephen King collection. Glenn Chadbourne has provided great artwork to accompany the story and bring it to life.

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    Posted November 12, 2013

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