In the autumn of 2000, Stephen King needed a temporary research assistant. Hoping to employ a local graduate student, he contacted his old advisor, Burt Hatlen, at the University of Maine at Orono, and asked if he could recommend someone for the job. Burt knew of a PhD student who fit all of King’s needs. She was a published poet, loved fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and was an avid Constant Reader. Her name was Robin Furth.
On a snowy afternoon in December of that year, after completing the last of her assigned tasks, Robin met Stephen King in person. He told her that he was about to return to his Dark Tower series and needed complete page references for all of the characters and places listed in the original four novels. Would she be interested in the extra job? She said yes.
To King’s surprise, six weeks later she handed in a Dark Tower encyclopedia, complete with characters, places, games, diseases, gods, lore, and languages. It was bound in black, had a found key taped to the cover, and contained a magical door at the front labeled THE AUTHOR, so that King could re-enter his vast universe. King enjoyed the book so much that he named it The Dark Tower Concordance and invited her to continue tracking Roland’s many adventures. Robin has been living in Mid-World ever since.
Originally created for Stephen King’s private use, Robin’s Dark Tower Concordance is a complete guide to Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, Revised and Updated (2012), covers Books I-VII, “The Little Sisters of Eluria,” and King’s 2012 Dark Tower novel, The Wind Through the Keyhole. Robin is also the co-author and Series Consultant for Marvel’s best-selling Dark Tower comics as well as the Series Consultant for MRC and Sony’s recent film, The Dark Tower.
Collectors desiring complete sets of all King-related works may also be interested in the original Concordance publications: Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance (published in 2006, before the release of The Wind Through the Keyhole), Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Volume I (published in 2003, covering volumes I-IV as well as the short story, “The Little Sisters of Eluria”), and Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Volume II (published in 2005, covering volumes V-VII).