John Colt is working at home as the wind blows outside. When Colt notices, he goes to the window and the breeze dies down. He shuts the window anyway and looks nervously outside. He then goes back to work, poring over weather charts and maps. A sudden wind disturbs his papers and Colt addresses someone, saying that he knows they are there. He goes to the phone and calls his friend, Herb Thompson. Herb is having a bridge party with his wife and another couple. Colt hears the wind and looks around nervously, and then asks Herb come over. Herb says that he can't because of the party as Colt notices the wind blowing beneath the door. Herb invites him over but Colt insists he doesn't want to get him hurt by involving him...Read the full recap
Host: Clocks, hourglasses, barometers. Who has not lain on his back and wondered where the weather was born, and how it traveled, and why along the way it sometimes ate people alive. And then again late nights doesn't the wind outside your house scratch at your screen like a cat needing to be fed. And what then? Do you let the wind in, and what happens if you do?
John Colt: This tape's for you, Herb. If you find it. Herb, you know I've studied the wind, recorded its violence, all of my working life. The great storm here in New Zealand in '68. Hurricane Gina in the Fijis. Right up to the most recent Gilbert in the Caribbean. Massive devastation. I've followed the weather everywhere. And now... the weather's following me.
John Colt: In Tibet, I climbed up into the mountains, to the Valley of the Winds. The place where the winds gathered to plan their destruction. It was a vast evil mountain, hard, bony rock. Blasphemy to touch. I touched it. I climbed 7,000 feet to see what I should never have seen. It was terrifying. Not one wind, but hundreds. I hid in a cave, hearing the sound. But I sensed too much.
Changes from the short story:
* Allin in the short story is renamed John Colt in the episode.
* The story takes place entirely from Thompson's point of view. Everything that happens to Allin is related second-hand over the telephone, and Thompson only has his friend's word as to what is going on. The TV adaptation shows everything that happens to John, subtly changing the emphasis in the story. In the episode it's made clear that the wind is out to get John, while in the story it is not clear if he's delusional.