First published in the March 1971 issue of Cavalier, “I Am the Doorway” later appeared in the 1978 collection Night Shift, and was used as fodder for the memorable cover to the paperback edition.
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Remember when book covers didn’t typically suck? Boy, those days are over.
I’ll be examining the Night Shift version today; I tried to find a copy of the Cavalier version for the photos, er, um, I mean to see if there were any notable differences between the two. I struck out in that regard.
In any case, “I Am the Doorway” is a strong early entry from King. It’s a short and relatively simple story: a former astronaut, years after his final mission, grows a bunch of alien eyes on his hands. They begin slowly exerting control over his body and mind, and cause him to commit a couple of murders. That’s about it. Not much there. There doesn’t need to be; this is effective stuff, and King does a lot with what he has.