Read An Excerpt From Stephen King's New Dark Tower Novel, 'The Wind Through The Keyhole'

Wind Through The Keyhole


Although I'm not the most avid King reader, The Dark Tower novels were something I managed to get hooked on. For about three months I was all about the guy, and besides my gripe with how he decided to end things, this was a series that I enjoyed quite a bit. I even shelled out the cash for the Marvel comic adaptation (which is very good, by the way). I still maintain that King is a bit longwinded for my tastes, but that doesn't change the fact that this is a great series. Hopefully, we'll get a decent film adaptation out of it one day.

Earlier this year, King announced on his official website that he wasn't finished with literature's most famous gunslinger, and that Roland Deschain would return in The Wind Through the Keyhole.  Here's the synopsis:

For readers new to The Dark Tower, THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis... (The novel can be placed between Dark Tower IV and Dark Tower V.)  Roland tells a tale from his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt ridden year following his mother's death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man," Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Book of Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, "The Wind through the Keyhole." "A person's never too old for stories," he says to Bill. "Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them." And stories like these, they live for us.

The Wind Through The Keyhole comes out April 24th. Can't wait that long? You can view some artwork and read an exclusive excerpt from the novel over at

What do we think, LitReactors: are you excited about this one? Or wary?

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Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated December 29, 2011 - 10:31am

Well I don't see how he could be doing it for money, so excited I guess.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. December 29, 2011 - 9:35pm

Reading the first few pages made me so happy to read about Susannah, Oy, Jake and Eddie all over again.

Hetch Litman's picture
Hetch Litman from Somewhere in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest is reading The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O'Connor December 29, 2011 - 9:46pm

I really have to get into this who dark tower thing dont I? I've tried starting the gunslinger at least 9 times over the the last 10 years and could never get passed half.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine December 29, 2011 - 9:52pm

I read The Gunslinger years ago, started The Drawing of Three and got bored with it. Even at that tender young age I realized- damn this guy needs an editor.

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Jason Van Horn from North Carolina is reading A Feast For Crows December 30, 2011 - 7:10am

Blasphemy! The Dark Tower series is easily my favorite series and it has one of the best endings ever IMO. I'm glad King didn't write a sequel as I would've hated to see that undone, but a new Roland story wedged between the other books...sign me up. Next April can't get here soon enough.

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Dale Thomas from Swansea is reading The Day Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko January 3, 2012 - 5:45pm