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Duma Key: Where It All Began
A Note from Chuck Verrill, the Longtime Editor of Stephen King
In the spring of 2006 Stephen King told me he was working on a Florida story that was beginning to grow on him. "I'm thinking of calling it Duma Key," he offered. I liked the sound of that--the title was like a drumbeat of dread. "You know how Lisey's Story is a story about marriage?" he said. "Sure," I answered. The novel hadn't yet been published, but I knew its story well: Lisey and Scott Landon--what a marriage that was. Then he dropped the other shoe: "I think Duma Key might be my story of divorce."
Pretty soon I received a slim package from a familiar address in Maine. Inside was a short story titled "Memory"--a story of divorce, all right, but set in Minnesota. By the end of the summer, when Tin House published "Memory," Stephen had completed a draft of Duma Key, and it became clear to me how "Memory" and its narrator, Edgar Freemantle, had moved from Minnesota to Florida, and how a story of divorce had turned into something more complex, more strange, and much more terrifying.
If you read the following two texts side by side--"Memory" as it was published by Tin House and the opening chapter of Duma Key in final form--you'll see a writer at work, and how stories can both contract and expand. Whether Duma Key is an expansion of "Memory" or "Memory" a contraction of Duma Key, I can't really say. Can you?
While spooking the crap out of me. Stephen King never fails me. Very good read, Mr. King.Published 15 hours ago by Liz
I have been a long-time fan of King's work, but his increasing predilection for injecting his political views into his work is starting to wear thin - and his work is suffering for... Read morePublished 22 hours ago by MCW
This was a re-read for me, but I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend this SK novel!!!Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
reading this now, King seems to be writing okay now I gave up on him years ago, he was boring but decided to try this one and its very good,Published 6 days ago by John L. Meyer
I've been a lifelong Stephen King fan, but I had started to think I only liked his older stuff. I didn't particularly enjoy the last few books that came out before this. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Kona
Adding this to my collection of Stephen King novels. Great book!Published 12 days ago by B. C. Mosley
I'm impressed with the research that went into this book and the accurate depiction of the Gulf of Mexico. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Charlene Craig