New DARK TOWER book in 2012



A pleasant surprise for Dark Tower fans-- Stephen King has announced that a new Tower book, "The Wind Through the Keyhole" has been completed and will be released next year.
(perhaps in conjunction with a certain Movie/TV show?)

Here's the announcement text:

Dear Constant Readers,

At some point, while worrying over the copyedited manuscript of the next book (11/22/63, out November 8th), I started thinking—and dreaming—about Mid-World again. The major story of Roland and his ka-tet was told, but I realized there was at least one hole in the narrative progression: what happened to Roland, Jake, Eddie, Susannah, and Oy between the time they leave the Emerald City (the end of Wizard and Glass) and the time we pick them up again, on the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis (the beginning of Wolves of the Calla)?

There was a storm, I decided. One of sudden and vicious intensity. The kind to which billy-bumblers like Oy are particularly susceptible. Little by little, a story began to take shape. I saw a line of riders, one of them Roland’s old mate, Jamie DeCurry, emerging from clouds of alkali dust thrown by a high wind. I saw a severed head on a fencepost. I saw a swamp full of dangers and terrors. I saw just enough to want to see the rest. Long story short, I went back to visit an-tet with my friends for awhile. The result is a novel called The Wind Through the Keyhole. It’s finished, and I expect it will be published next year.

It won’t tell you much that’s new about Roland and his friends, but there’s a lot none of us knew about Mid-World, both past and present. The novel is shorter than DT 2-7, but quite a bit longer than the first volume—call this one DT-4.5. It’s not going to change anybody’s life, but God, I had fun.

– Steve King

Constant Readers might recall that King ran a contest on his website in 2009, asking readers to choose which novel he'd write next: A sequel to The Shining, called "Doctor Sleep", or a new Dark Tower novel.
The voting ended up with Doctor Sleep narrowly edging out the new Dark Tower novel (5861 v 5812), although as of this writing, Doctor Sleep has yet to be announced.


Tim Simmons writes the webOGN, Spy6teen-- which you can find  for your fancy Digital reader/desktop/etc at for only 99 cents He's on Twitter @citizentim. 


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