The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King
The Little Sisters of Eluria by Stephen King is a short story in The Dark Tower Series. It is a stand-alone story, which does not require knowledge of the series. That being said, any reason to enter Roland’s world is a reason to read this, and possibly re-read the series for the umpteenth time.
It has been published in a few anthologies.
This story takes place before Roland meets Jake, Eddie and Susannah. He is still looking for Walter. He and his dying horse enter the small town of Eluria, where the only living creature seems to be a somewhat crippled dog, gnawing on the leg of a corpse. He scares away the dog and finds a medallion around the dead boys chest, which he vows to return to the family. Suddenly he is confronted with a number of “slow-mutants”, who beat him up. When he awakes, he is in a tent-like structure, suspended from the ceiling and wrapped in silk. There are bells ringing, and he is a great deal of pain. The “Sisters of Eluria” and the doctors will heal him. But their methods and motives may not be to his benefit.
I’ve read this a couple of times (as I’ve re-read the series), and it is always a treat.
Re-Read: April 2017
Favorite Quotes from The Little Sisters of Eluria:
“Jamie DeCurry had once proclaimed that Roland could shoot blindfolded, because he had eyes in his fingers.”
“Surely ka could not be so cruel.”
About the Author: Nothing can be said that hasn’t been said. If you are not familiar with Stephen King, and if your rock is secure, crawl back under it.