Full Dark, No Stars (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 9, 2010 - Fiction - 384 pages
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The acclaimed #1 New York Times and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called “raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception.” Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

“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,” soon to be a major Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello, a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is 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 Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

In the last of the tales, soon to be a major motion picture, Darcy Anderson’s husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”
  

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Stephen King is the King of Storytelling. - LibraryThing
It finished with a weak ending. - LibraryThing
I love his writing style, his wittiness and darkness. - LibraryThing
It's theme and plot are tired and predicatable. - LibraryThing
Favorite of the 4 was Fair Extension -- best ending! - LibraryThing
Pretty boring ending too. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Gregorio_Roth - LibraryThing

A good collection of novellas. The story topics are eerily contemporary, yet resonant with the winding back-roads that Stephen King describes the best. Stephen King knows the fears that haunt Modern ... Read full review

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User Review  - trayceetee - LibraryThing

I love King's novellas. They're long enough to sink your teeth into 'em (pun NOT intended), yet they're not as long as his most developed stories. Good when I'm in between a couple of real long books ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Revival, Mr. Mercedes, Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome, now a major TV miniseries on CBS. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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