For those discovering the epic best-selling Dark Tower series for the first time—and for its legions of dedicated fans—here is an immensely satisfying stand-alone novel, called The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower (audiobook) and is a perfect introduction to the series. Beginning in 1974, gaining momentum in the 1980s and coming to a thrilling conclusion when the last 3 novels were published in 2003 and 2004, the Dark Tower epic fantasy saga stands as Dr King’s most beguiling achievement. It has been the basis for a long-running Marvel comic series. Now, with The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man”, Deschain 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. “A person’s never too old for stories,” he says to Bill. “girl and woman, man and boy, we live for them.” Roland Deschain and his ka-tet — Susannah, Eddie, Jake, 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, Deschain tells his friends not just one strange story but two, and in so doing, casts some new light on his own troubled past. Sure to captivate the avid fans of the Dark Tower epic, this is an enchanting introduction to Roland’s world and the power of Stephen King’s storytelling magic. P.S The Dark Tower is now aslo a major motion picture from Dreamworks starring Matthew McConaughey as The Man in Black and Idris Elba as Roland.
“A fairy tale of great beauty and adventure.” — Vulture “Pitch-perfect . . . Even those who are not familiar with the series will find the conclusion both moving and satisfying.” — Publishers Weekly “Precise and vivid . . A genre mash-up of western/detective/horror fiction, in which our hero rides into town to wade through gore, solve a mystery, and bring justice to an unruly town.” — Esquire “Masterful . . . King shows himself to be an ace storyteller yet again, spinning yarns like a favorite relative about a hero and his adventures in a world like our own but just slightly skewed.” — USA Today “It’s both a pleasure and a surprise to encounter The Wind Through the Keyhole, a new, largely independent narrative set in a previously unexplored corner of Roland’s universe.” — The Washington Post “Each nested narrative delivers its fair share of suspense, action and solid character work. King knows this fictional universe intimately, and his love for it shines through every page.” — San Francisco Chronicle Please Note: This audio edition of The Wind Through the Keyhole ends with a short preview of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower VII, read by George Guidall, followed by a brief introduction and the first chapter of King’s Doctor Sleep, both read by the author.