The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King
The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King is a short-story in the Dark Tower Series, which takes place after the ka-tet escape the Green Palace (Oz).
A ferocious storm is brewing (a starkblast), and the group must hunker down and ride it out.
While they are resting, Roland tells them a story about his long ago journey to Debaria with Jamie, shortly after the death of his mother. His father sends them on the hunt for a dangerous “shape-changer”, who is victimizing a small community. On the way there, they stop at the town of “Serenity”, a refuge for women, which is where his mother stayed while she slowly loses her mind over the affair with Marten. Roland eventually learns more about his mother here. Jamie and Roland arrive in Debaria, and the next morning a second attack occurs. While comforting the sole survivor, he tells the young boy another story. This story is a rather scary fairy tale about a small boy who leaves his home in search of a cure for his mother’s blindness, which was caused by her brutal second husband. Dragons and swamp creatures abound.
This is just pure entertainment – Stephen King style! Stories within stories, each a little creepier than the last. A little break along the path of the beam.
Favorite Quotes from The Wind Through The Keyhole:
“Time is a keyhole, he thought as he looked up at the stars. Yes, I think so. We sometimes bend and peer through it. And the wind we feel on our cheeks when we do – the wind that blows through the keyhole- is the breath of all the living universe.”
“A person’s never too old for stories. Man and boy, girl and woman, we live for them.”
“The stories we hear in childhood are the ones we remember all our lives.”