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Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton; Edition Unstated edition (July 1, 2011)
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39. SCRIBNER. This book is a work of fiction. of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales. or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

I am not that familiar with Stephen King. My genre tastes typically flow to the realistic rather than the unreal (think crime noir rather than sci-fi).

view Kindle eBook view Audible audiobook. I am not that familiar with Stephen King. So I picked it up. And it was a worthwhile choice.

One of the novellas, 1922, is set in Hemingford Home, Nebraska, which is the home of Mother Abagail from King's epic novel The Stand (1978), the town adult Ben Hanscom moves to in It (1986), and the setting of the short story "The Last Rung on the Ladder" (1978).

In stores May 24th 2011). Hardcover Promo Page.

There is "1922", the story of a Nebraska farmer who murders his wife and is henceforth haunted by her. Then there is "Big Driver. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

King's popularity comes from his ability to create stories in which evil occurs in ordinary situations. Many of King's stories are l, meaning that they are taken in part from some of his own experiences. Many of the locations he writes about are based on the places he grew up in when he lived in Maine and other locations.


Neil Gaiman is gripped by Stephen King's portraits of complicity and revenge. At least, it is easy to presume that this is the final set.

Stephen King died at them

Stephen King died at them. On Sunday night I made my decision. I told Henry that hed have to take the Model T to school on Monday; I had to go to Hemingford Home and see Mr. Stoppenhauser at the bank about a shortie loan. A small one. Just 35 dollars. What for? Henry was sitting at the window and looking moodily out at the darkening West Field.

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . ." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In "Big Driver," a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

"Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. Itâ?™s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

  • I am not that familiar with Stephen King. My genre tastes typically flow to the realistic rather than the unreal (think crime noir rather than sci-fi). But I had heard that FULL DARK, NO STARS was set in the real world we know, dark and dangerous. So I picked it up. And it was a worthwhile choice.

    Four stories, from shorter to longer, comprise this volume. 1922 is a tale of that old cliché: the perfect crime gone wrong. In this case, what goes wrong, however, is not some flaw in the execution of the crime itself, but in underestimating the emotional and psychological toll on the perpetrators. Big Driver is also from that straight cliché book: the revenge tale. But this one has, what I considered at least, to be a very interesting twist about how the damsel got into distress in the first place. Fair Extension, the shortest story here, is also the one with a supernatural feel to it. Though I have to admit, I did not mind it as much as I thought. In fact, it was tight, fast and delivered a nice sucker punch. The book ends with A Good Marriage, a fictitious tale based on an unfortunately all too true event of the past decade.

    I can understand why King is so successful. The stories display a strong imagination, such that even the above-mentioned clichés take on a fresh scent. The man knows how to paint a scene and wrap the reader around in it.

    Like a number of authors, however, King is also weak on dialogue. People do not really speak the way the characters here do, and it was an unfortunate distraction. Also, my peeve is that characters’ inner voices tend to be externalized too much, such as in Big Driver with its talking GPS. A person’s inner voice, softly whispering dark possibilities into one’s ear, strikes me as a more effective way to build the suspense.

    But hey, I am not the one selling a billion books. King is, and it shows.

  • Each of these novellas delivers a hard, tough and bleak perspective on humanity. Yes, we find characters with whom we can sympathise, but these have been brought into bad places by others whose terrible deeds wreak havoc. There is plenty of violence, some of it sexual, and each story is tense and taut. Gripping is an understatement.

    "The souls of humans have become poor and transparent things" says the Devil in Fair Extension, the least violent but for me, the most bleak of the tales. These words could serve as an epigraph to the collection. It is visceral, disturbing and although King says in the Afterword that he doesn't want to make readers think as they read, yet throughout Full Dark, No Stars I was challenged intellectually as well as emotionally. What would I do in, or following, the situations depicted here? How do we grapple with the age old problem of evil? The concept of revenge is another age old philosophical and literary concern, wrenched open again for our consideration by Stephen King.

    If you are a King fan you'll have this book already. If you are an occasional reader of his work, then I urge you to grab a copy asap. It ranks with his best.

  • I really enjoyed this collection of short stories by Stephen King; the stories are enjoyable in and of themselves, but together make a nice grouping. Without giving away the plotlines, let me just say that, while "A Good marriage" was terrific, "Big Driver" was my favorite - and not because it shows a woman taking revenge in a big way (though she does) - it was more that the character was an ordinary woman before the events of the story happened to her, and I can honestly see myself behaving the same way if I were in her place. Well worth the price, and I will undoubtedly read these again.

  • 4 stories, all quick reads. The first is very much a character study that really goes no place in particular. It is sad and a touch haunting but did not strike me as a must experience story. The second was a fun read. It had more of the kind of King vibe that I enjoy in this one. The start was good not great, the middle (short story so not much of one) was ok. It had a slight private eye feel to it. And of course the end. Small twist but overall a let down. Sometimes I just want the victims to be as brutal as the people that attack them. The third story really was a WTH did I just read moment for me. Very dark very disturbing but at the same time I could see people feeling the same way as the antagonist did in this particular story. The final story was probably my favorite and could have made for a great 300 page book with some side characters and some POV from the husband. But alas it's a short story so we get what's offered. If you enjoyed Gone Girl, the movie ( never read the book ????) then this story is fantastic. Good suspense, great mystery. And for once King gave me an ending that I could live with and not feel cheated. Though he did drag it out a bit for no apparent reason. Overall 1 great & 3 ho hum stories was what I came out with. Up to you to decide if you can live with that figure & who knows maybe you enjoy a different part/style of Kings writing than I do.

  • Full dark? No kidding, man. These are some of the darkest stories I've read in a very long time. I got a lot of insight into these stories after I finished them and read the commentary in the back of the book by Stephen King. He basically said these stories are about ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances. I enjoy observing human behavior and these stories certainly probe into how these ordinary people deal with their extraordinary circumstances. One story is about a man who's fed up with his wife, gets his son to help him kill her, and then how their lives fall apart. Another story is about a man who meets someone who can cure his cancer, but only by shifting his misery to someone else. Then a third story is about a woman who gets raped under some pretty predatory circumstances and the revenge she extracts. And the last story is about a woman who is in a stable marriage with a man she accidentally discovers is a serial killer and how she deals with that realization. It's all very dark, and it's all about ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. If you're a Stephen King fan, don't let this gem pass you by.