Preceeded by ''Literature/TheDarkTower''.

'''''The Wind Through the Keyhole''''' is the eighth novel in Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''. It is an {{interquel}} that takes place between ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'' and ''Literature/WolvesOfTheCalla''.

Roland tells his ka-tet a story about his past; months after his mother's death, his father sent him and Jamie [=DeCurry=] to the small town of Debaria to investigate a "skin-man", a shapeshifter who has been terrorizing the villagers. Also told is a legend of Mid-World about a young boy named Tim who goes on a dangerous quest through the Endless Forest to save his mother.
!!''The Wind Through the Keyhole'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Ambush Arroyo is not an arroyo. The locals just like the way the name rolls off the tongue.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:Maerlyn is trapped in the form of a 'tyger' and imprisoned in a cage for years. He returns to normal after Tim rescues him, however.]]
* ArcWords: Present in other Dark Tower books but particularly prominent in this one: "There will be water if God wills it".
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Subverted twice with Tim's teacher and one of the women at Serenity; both were once beautiful but now suffer from hideous disfigurements.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The various monsters and creatures that Tim encounters in the Endless Forest either spare his life or help him on his journey.
* TheFairFolk: [[spoiler: The 'sighe,' a sprite-like, hypnotic creature whose name--Armaneeta--is just one phoneme away from Amanita, the genus of mushroom that includes the death cap.]]
* ForTheEvulz: Pretty much the only reason the Covenant Man sends poor old Tim on his quest.
* FramingDevice: Roland tells the ka-tet about his encounter with the "skin-man". In his flashback, we get another story within a story about the legend of "The Wind through the Keyhole" with Tim. So it's a story within a story within a story within a story, basically.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: While all of the ''Dark Tower'' books have been made available in "Limited Editions", this marks the first time that the illustrations were not available with the standard trade edition.
* KidHero: Tim
* TheLostWoods: The Endless Forest.
* ManipulativeBastard: The Covenant Man, and Randall Flagg as usual.
* MerlinSickness: Discussed trope. Tim asks Maerlyn if it's true, and he says it isn't, but nobody ever believes how mundane his life actually is.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: "Skin-man". Seriously, is there ''anything'' positive that can be associated with such a creepy name?
* NestedStory: See the description under Framing Device above.
* NonindicativeName: The title, almost to the point of being a RedHerring. Tim is about to be set upon by a 'starkblast' storm, there is a potential shelter with a locked door, and he has to obtain a key for it from a dangerous place. Do you see where this is going? [[spoiler:Well you're wrong--the key doesn't work, he finds a different way to shelter from the storm, and 'the wind through the keyhole' is an almost completely unrelated philosophical phrase he comes up with]].
* SadisticChoice: The Covenant Man and 'RF' set up Tim for a multi-layered one. A caged tyger has a key to a shelter from a deadly storm around his neck. Tim at first thinks the choice is to die in the storm or risk his life to get the key. Then he remembers he has a gun. [[spoiler:The Tyger is actually Maerlyn forcibly transformed, so if Tim shot it, he would be killing a good man. He takes a third option and chooses to trust the tyger and free it...but the key doesn't work in an extra level of sadism. Fortunately he finds a different way out]].
* ShapeShifterSwanSong: [[spoiler:Happens to the skin-man when he dies.]]
* ShoutOut: The Lion Guardian of the Beams is called [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]].
** More subtly, the scenes with Tim and the Tyger evoke ''Literature/LifeOfPi''. And the spelling of 'tyger' probably comes from William Blake's poem "The Tyger", the TropeNamer for FearfulSymmetry.
* OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The "skin-man" who is able to shape-shift into various types of animals.
* PlantPerson: The swamp creatures.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback