One of this week’s biggest stories was the announcement that J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Stephen King to produce a horror series for Hulu. Castle Rock will focus on characters and events that take place in the fictional Maine town that’s the setting for many of King’s best-loved novels. If you’re curious about which stories take place in or adjacent to Castle Rock, you can read all of King’s works (which will take you at least a few years), or you can check out the amazing infographic/flowchart created by uber-fan Gillian, aka Tessiegirl.
Tessiegirl’s creation (above) packs the information of a graduate thesis into a single diagram that will enchant new and old-school Stephen King fans alike. She explains her motivations on her website, where The Stephen King Universe Flowchart was first published in 2013.
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.
Reviewing the flowchart reveals, for example, that King’s stories that take place in Castle Rock include Cujo, The Dark Half, IT, Needful Things, The Body, The Dead Zone, Bag of Bones, and The Shawshank Redemption.
The flowchart can be a useful guide for King fans looking to explore particular threads, a not just the stories that take place in Castle Rock. You can also identify tales that take place in Derry and those that unfold at Hemmingford Home. The chart includes character cross-overs and even references that pop up between seemingly disparate sagas. You can also use it to play a Six-Degrees-of-Separation style game in an attempt to connect one story to another.
If you’re thinking that this infographic really needs to be seen in poster-form to be truly appreciated, you’re in luck: Tessiegirl has a shop on Etsy. While The Stephen King Universe Flowchart is currently out of stock, interest in the interconnectedness of King’s stories is sure to surge in the lead-up to Castle Rock’s Hulu premiere. Maybe if enough of us request a reprint, she’ll make it happen.
In the meantime, you can enlarge the flowchart by clicking on it and adding additional magnification through your browser.
And you can check out the trailer and synopsis for Castle Rock below.
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. A teaser for the project, released by Bad Robot on Friday, has garnered more than 1 million views.
Hulu also announced that Castle Rock’s first season will have 10 episodes. We still don’t have a release date, though, so stay tuned for more details as they emerge.