Secret Windows

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Secret Windows
AuthorStephen King
CountryUnited States
Publication date
October 2000
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Preceded byOn Writing: A Memoir of the Craft 
Followed byFaithful (book) 

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.[1]

The texts in the collection 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.[1] 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.


Title Originally published in
Introduction by Peter Straub Previously unreleased
Dave's Rag Dave's Rag (1959–1960)
The horror market writer and the ten bears: A true story Writer's Digest (1973)
Foreword to Night Shift Night Shift (1978)
On becoming a brand name Adelina magazine (1980)
Horror fiction Danse Macabre (1981)
An evening at the Billerica (Massachusetts) library 1983
The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine (1984)
How It happened Book-of-the-month-club news (1986)
Banned books and other concerns: The Virginia Beach lecture Virginia Beach Public Library (1986)
Turning the thumbscrew on the reader Book-of-the-month-club news (1987)
"Ever et raw meat?" and other weird questions The New York Times book review (1987)
A new introduction to John Fowles's The Collector The Collector (1989)
What Stephen King does for love Seventeen (1990)
Two past midnight: A note on Secret Window, Secret Garden Four Past Midnight (1990)
Introduction to Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door The Girl Next Door (1995)
Great hookers I have known
A night at the Royal Festival Hall: Muriel Gray interviews Stephen King 1998
An evening with Stephen King 1999
In the Deathroom Blood and Smoke (1999)


  1. ^ a b Gray, Richard (8 January 2022). "Inconstant Reader: Secret Windows – essays and fiction on the craft of writing". The Reel Bits. Retrieved 23 March 2023.