The Woman in the Room

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"The Woman in the Room"
Author Stephen King
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Tragedy short story
Published in Night Shift
Publisher Doubleday
Media type Print (Paperback)
Publication date 1978

"The Woman in the Room" is a short story by Stephen King, first published in King's 1978 collection Night Shift.

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Narrated from the perspective of a man burdened with deep remorse, pain and his demons, the story concerns his decision to euthanize his terminally ill mother with painkillers.

Dollar Baby[edit]

Celebrated director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) started his film career by adapting this story into a short film in 1983. Darabont sent King a query letter in 1980 asking for permission for him to adapt the short story into a film. King agreed because he thought students taking short stories and adapting them into films was a good idea.[1]

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  1. ^ Lilja, Hans. "Interview with Frank Darabont". Retrieved 6 February 2007. 

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