Literature / Song of Susannah

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Preceded by Wolves of the Calla.

Song of Susannah is Book VI of Stephen King's Epic Fantasy series The Dark Tower. Pressed for time, Callahan, Jake, and Oy are hot on Mia's trail as she manipulates Susannah into going to New York in the year 1999. Can they prevent Mia from giving birth to The Chap who will help his father, The Crimson King, destroy the Dark Tower? Meanwhile, gunslingers Roland and Eddie travel to 1977 Maine in search of bookstore owner Calvin Tower, and end up meeting Stephen King himself.

Followed by The Dark Tower.

Song of Susannah provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Author Avatar: Stephen King appears in the book as himself. Roland and Eddie have to talk him into continuing the Dark Tower books, since the stability of the universe depends on it about as much as on the Beams and the Rose.
  • Badass Bystander: John Cullum, a fairly ordinary store owner, gets mixed up in the shoot-out between Roland and Eddie, and Balazar's men. He sides with the ka-tet without just about any hesitation, helping them survive the ambush, providing them with transport, and inviting them to his home afterwards. Lastly, he points them in the direction of Stephen King when Eddie worries about not being on time to both talk to him and save Susannah, saving them a significant amount of time.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Dixie Pig is full with the Crimson King's soldiers.
  • Body Horror: The Grandfathers in the Dixie Pig, a very high-ranking type of Vampires, are described as incredibly grotesque-looking complete with monstrous teeth.
  • Demonic Possession: Mia isn't simply a split personality, she is a spirit who invaded Susannah's body to give birth to the Crimson King's son.
  • Disney Death: Black Thirteen is hidden in a storage locker in the basement of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1999. It's implied that it didn't survive the terrorist attack two years later.
  • Fetus Terrible: Susannah reasonably suspects that this is what Mia's son will turn out to be, considering it's the son of the Crimson King.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Eddie remembers how his brother Henry though that the personal computer race that started in the late 70s would crash my the mid-80s.
  • Self-Deprecation: Stephen King makes the claim to Eddie and Roland that he's not a very good writer, and points out his real-life penchant for using plenty of references and miles of character development in his works.
    Stephen King: "In fact, whenever I run out of inspiration and resort to plot, the story I'm working on usually turns to shit!"
  • Tempting Fate: Jake and Father Callahan, in New York City, 1999, hide Black Thirteen in a self-storage locker that they max the time out on. The locker, timing out well into 2002, is within the World Trade Center. While Callahan posits that only someone who breaks into the locker will get the sphere, Jake suggests that if the building collapses, someone could get it then. The World Trade Center would be destroyed by a terrorist attack in 2001.
  • The Undead: The Dixie Pig is full of various classes of Vampires.
  • To Serve Man: Though mercifully brief, Susannah catches a glimpse of the Grandfather-type Vampires feasting on a baby.

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