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Secret Windows  
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Author Stephen King
Country USA
Language English
Subject(s) Writing
Publisher BOMC
Publication date October 2000
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 433
ISBN 0165006439
Preceded by On Writing
Followed by Faithful

Secret Windows: Essays and Fiction on the Craft of Writing is a collection of short stories, essays, speeches, and book excerpts by Stephen King, published in 2000. It was marketed by Book-of-the-Month Club as a companion to King's On Writing. Although its title is derived from a King novella (Secret Window, Secret Garden), it is not otherwise related to that novella or the film adaptation, Secret Window.

Secret Windows is a collection of stories and essays written by King that are primarily concerned with writing and the horror genre. Several of the entries have been published elsewhere, including introductions King had written for other authors' novels, as well as introductions and essays from King's previous books. This volume also includes several short works that had not been previously published elsewhere, including lectures given by King, an interview with King conducted by Muriel Gray, a never-before-published short story by King, titled "In the Deathroom," and an introduction written by Peter Straub.


  • Introduction by Peter Straub
  • Dave's Rag (very early works by King)
  • "The Horror Market Writer and the Ten Bears: A True Story"
  • Foreword to Night Shift
  • "On Becoming a Brand Name"
  • "Horror Fiction": From Danse Macabre
  • "An Evening at the Billerica (Massachusetts) Library"
  • "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" (short story)
  • "How It Happened"
  • "Banned Books and Other Concerns: The Virginia Beach Lecture"
  • "Turning the Thumbscrews on the Reader"
  • "'Ever Et Raw Meat?' and Other Weird Questions"
  • A New Introduction to John Fowle's The Collector
  • "What Stephen King Does for Love"
  • "Two Past Midnight: A Note on 'Secret Window, Secret Garden'"
  • Introduction to Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door
  • "Great Hookers I Have Known"
  • "A Night at the Royal Festival Hall": Muriel Gray Interviews Stephen King, from Stephen King Live!
  • "An Evening with Stephen King"
  • "In the Deathroom" (short story)


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