Short Story Review: “The Little Sisters of Eluria”

“The Little Sisters of Eluria”
The Dark Tower series
By Stephen King
Collected in Legends
Edited by Robert Silverberg

“The Little Sisters of Eluria” is the tale of a gunslinger, Roland of Gilead. When he is nearly beaten to death by misshapen green people in the frontier town of Eluria, Roland awakens to find himself in what appears to be some sort of hospital.

Befriended by Jenna, the youngest of the nurses, and a boy in the next bed, Roland soon learns that things are not as they seem. As patients disappear one-by-one, Roland must discover a way to escape before he too becomes a victim of the Little Sisters of Eluria.

I’ve never been a fan of the horror genre, so I’ve never read Stephen King before. “The Little Sisters of Eluria” is a well-written and interesting story, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. That being said, I will still likely never read the rest of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. Based on this story, it’s probably a little dark for my interests. I would also not recommend this story to a younger audience as it has several sexual references that are inappropriate for a younger audience.

This review originally appeared 13 October 2012 on

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