Stephen King’s upcoming collection to include insights into the craft of writing

Alison Flood, for The Guardian:

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, due to be published on 3 November, will bring together 20 short stories by King, a mix of new writing and work already collected in magazines. But it will also include an introduction to each story by the writer, in which he will provide “autobiographical comments on when, why and how he came to write it,” as well as “the origins and motivation of each story.” His editor at Hodder & Stoughton, Philippa Pride, predicted the inclusion would “delight all his readers including those who love his insight into the craft of writing.” A mix of biography and tips on writing, On Writing was published 15 years ago, in 2000.

Count me in. I’ve been an ardent King fan for a long time, and his memoir On Writing was packed with useful morsels. But I especially love the idea of including special features along with the fiction, and I wish more writers would do that, for the benefit of other (struggling) writers.