The Wind Through The Keyhole (86/94) by Stephen King
In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King returns to the rich landscape of Mid-World, the spectacular territory of the Dark Tower fantasy saga that stands as his most beguiling achievement.
Roland Deschain and his ka-tetâ€`Jake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumblerâ€`encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two . . . and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.
In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his motherâ€™s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a â€śskin-manâ€ť preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beastâ€™s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following dayâ€™s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. â€śA personâ€™s never too old for stories,â€ť Roland says to Bill. â€śMan and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.â€ť And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. 102-000-0762320-12000-00086-94