In 2002, after King was struck by a van and
nearly died, he announced that he was retiring after finishing the Dark Tower series. King told reporters
at the time, "You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and
you can go back and go where you've been, and basically recycle stuff."
Since then, he has published more than 17 new books and, upon hearing what he
said 15 years ago, he admits that he's discovered other rooms to walk around
in. "Some of the rooms were under construction years and years ago. Books
like Under the Dome and 11.22.63, I had ideas for when I was a
lot younger and I just didn't have the creative reach to bring them off. So I
just kind of set them aside and let them be," he explains.