Different Seasons

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Different Seasons
Different Seasons-Stephen King (1982).jpg
First edition
AuthorStephen King
Cover artistKinuko Y. Craft
CountryUnited States
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
August 27, 1982
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Preceded byNight Shift 
Followed bySkeleton Crew 

Different Seasons (1982) is a collection of four Stephen King novellas with a more dramatic bend, rather than the horror fiction for which King is famous.[1] The four novellas are tied together via subtleties that relate to each of the four seasons. The collection is notable for having nearly all of its novellas turned into Hollywood films, one of which, The Shawshank Redemption, was nominated for the 1994 Academy Award for Best Picture.


Name Subtitle Film adaptation
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption Hope Springs Eternal The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Apt Pupil Summer of Corruption Apt Pupil (1998)
The Body Fall from Innocence Stand by Me (1986)
The Breathing Method A Winter's Tale The Breathing Method (TBA)


At the ending of the book, there is also a brief afterword, which King wrote on January 4, 1982. In it, he explains why he had not previously submitted the novellas (each written at a different time) for publication. Early in his career, his agents and editors expressed concern that he would be "written off" as someone who only wrote horror. However, his horror novels turned out to be quite popular and made him much in demand as a novelist. Conversely, the novellas, which did not deal (primarily) with the supernatural, were very difficult to publish as there was not a mass market for "straight" fiction stories in the 25,000- to 35,000-word format. Thus, King and his editor conceived the idea of publishing the novellas together as "something different", hence the title of the book.

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