Knowing Darkness

Artists Inspired by Stephen King


This 448-page art book features loads of color and black & white artwork that has directly or indirectly illustrated the writings of Stephen King. The work has been culled from the last thirty-five years, and includes most all of the trade hardcover and mass market paperback editions, and virtually all of the artwork featured in the limited editions that have been published.
       For most of the art, we have worked from either originals or first-generation transparencies, so most of the work is displayed with a brilliance that has never been seen. Plus, there are several pages of fold-out views, including several by Michael Whelan, Ned Dameron, John Jude Palencar, Stephen Gervais, and others.
       The text, written by King critic George Beahm, looks back at 34 years of King in print. It provides a detailed look at the writer and his life, supplemented with interviews with Michael Whelan, Bernie Wrightson, Drew Struzan, John Cayea, Dave Christiansen, and many others.
       The traycased edition was signed by over 33 artists, including Michael Whelan, Bernie Wrightson, Mark Ryden, Dave McKean, Rick Berry, and many more. The book was housed in a large traycase that holds the book, a second book of oversize extra prints. This edition is now sold out.
       There was also a deluxe edition available, which comes with all of the extras and 22 giant-size (17 × 22) prints, signed individually by over 30 of the the artists. That one is sold out as well.

edition information

  • Introduction by Frank Darabont.
  • Essays by George Beahm.
  • Loaded with full-color artwork.
  • Slipcase, ribbon marker, head and tail bands, printed front and rear panels, three-piece cloth construction.
  • Original book price: $295.
  • Published September 2009.
  • ISBN 1-933-618-49-3.