From the Publisher
In The Wind Through the Keyhole
, Stephen King returns to
the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the
Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling
Roland Deschain and his ka-tet-Jake, Susannah, Eddie,
and Oy, the billy-bumbler-encounter a ferocious storm just after
crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they
shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just
one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on
his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year
following his mother's death, Roland is sent by his father to
investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man"
preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of
Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole
surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Only a
teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the
following day's trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales
of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. "A
person's never too old for stories," Roland says to Bill. "Man and
boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them." And indeed,
the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a
timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us.
King began the Dark Tower series in 1974; it gained momentum in
the 1980s; and he brought it to a thrilling conclusion when the
last three novels were published in 2003 and 2004. The Wind
Through the Keyhole is sure to fascinate avid fans of the Dark
Tower epic. But this novel also stands on its own for all readers,
an enchanting and haunting journey to Roland's world and testimony
to the power of Stephen King's storytelling magic.
About the Author
Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
About the Book
For those discovering the epic bestselling Dark Tower series for the first time--and for its legions of dedicated fans--an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel and perfect introduction to the series.