(Knowing Darkness, lording it over the other books, and his friend, erm, let's call him "Charlie" and leave it at that.)
Some books make you feel like Captain Ahab pursuing the white whale. They come smashing through the door, so heavy that because it's a book and you've forgotten books can be huge, you almost hurt yourself lugging it through the house to the livingroom. Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King is one of those books. It's the brainchild of Centipede Press and its founder Jerad Walters, who has established a reputation for doing the impossible, with such juggernauts as A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by Lovecraft (which my wife and I covered for io9 in this feature).
Covering King's entire career, this oversized monster features over 500 illustrations in almost every artistic medium imaginable, including 30 double-page foldouts. Not only have obscure reprints been included, but the 11 x 15 book also features commissioned works that will never appear anywhere else.
Artists represented include Dave McKean, Bernie Wrightson, David Palladini, John Jude Palencar, Michael Whelan, Bob Eggleton, John Cayea, Rowena Morrill, Jill Bauman, Kinuko Y. Craft, Jason Eckhard, Les Edwards, David Ho, Allen Koszowski, Zach McCain, Alex McVey, John Picacio, Don Punchatz, Rick Berry, Douglas Smith, Thomas Canty, Glenn Chadbourne, David Christensen, Alan Clark, Ned Dameron, Linda Fennimore, Stephen Gervais, Mark Geyer, Phil Hale, Don Maitz, Steven Stroud, Drew Struzan, and Mark Ryden. It's probably a compliment to King that there are so many styles and that the subject matter is so eclectic. There's also a lot of text--profiles, interviews, essays, the majority of it contributed by George Beahm, who has written about King extensively before.
But no amount of me babbling on about this book will fully convey just how amazing it is, so here are a few images from it that I took with my camera.