King says in the foreword that only two of the stories included were "written without an amount of effort far greater than the relatively slight result."
I just finished "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and I have to say, I don't think that was a slight result. It hit me like a hammer. The story is operatic - I feel certain that if Lorenzo da Ponte had read it, it would have made him smile and say to himself, "This is new. I can do something with this."
Thank you Mr. King.