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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?
I couldn't finish it, my mind kept wandering. It's just so much woffle woffle woffle like wading through a field of dead leaves, looking for anything that might catch one's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BB2Shoes
This is a little bit different. The premise is supernatural but believable. The supporting cast are really wonderful characters you really care about. Scary but heartbreaking.Published 5 months ago by Mr.Bingley
Different and thought provoking ...... a great story with characters we learn to know.Published 8 months ago by Teresa
Once again, Stephen King demonstrates his genius story-telling abilities! Awesome goose-bumps causing twists with a story about family, and friendships woven into it! Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Amazon Customer
I listened to Duma Key when it was first released and thoroughly enjoyed the story and the audio version. John Slattery's voice is absolutely perfect for the role. Read morePublished on June 16 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
I feel horrible that I spent a week reading this. I did a lot of reading during said week; probably could have finished 4 novels in the time this one took. Read morePublished on March 28 2010 by Brad Fast
I used to be a big King fan but "grew out" of his stuff around Dolores Claiborne and haven't read a thing of his since then. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2009 by crazybatcow