Hank’s Walk: Chapter listing
This is a work of fanfiction based on Stephen King’s novel The Long Walk,
by Jane Carnall, written as a yuletide gift for a fan of King’s novel.
Hank Olson begins the walk cracking jokes, insulting the other competitors, speaking familiarly to the Major – the military figure in charge of the Walk. He seems confident and sure of himself. Peter McVries says in conversation with Ray Garraty that he thinks none of the hundred Walkers had fully understood the reality that the Walk does not end until all but one of the boys has been killed – not until the first boy is shot dead on the road.
What makes The Long Walk so intense is the relationships that form between the boys as they walk – strangers to each other (mostly – there are two brothers walking together, though they don’t enter this story), friendships and almost-love-affairs more intense than any they could have had in any previous life. The novel focusses on Ray Garraty, who Walks through the novel in a state of almost innocence, down the road with his closest friends dying around him: Hank Olson, whose story “Hank’s Walk” tells, has his own focus and purpose, which keeps him going through exhaustion and out the other side: this story shadows and echoes King’s novel, looking at the first 36 hours of the Walk from another person’s eyes.
It seems to me it would be possible (and would be interesting, if anyone else wants to try) to retell the story of The Long Walk from almost any one of the major characters POV: Stebbins, McVries, Baker, Barkovitch, Parker, Scramm…