Full Dark No Stars Download by Stephen King
Click Here to Download the Book A new collection of four never-before-published stories from Stephen King. 1922 The story opens with the confession of Wilfred James to the murder of his wife, Arlette, following their move to Hemingford, Nebraska onto land willed to Arlette by her father. Big Driver Mystery writer, Tess, has been supplementing her writing income for years by doing speaking engagements with no problems. But following a last-minute invitation to a book club 60 miles away, she takes a shortcut home with dire consequences. Fair Extension Harry Streeter, who is suffering from cancer, decides to make a deal with the devil but, as always, there is a price to pay. A Good Marriage Darcy Anderson learns more about her husband of over twenty years than she would have liked to know when she stumbles literally upon a box under a worktable in their garage.
Reviews In typical Stephen King fashion, he reaches into the hearts of his readers and illuminates our greatest fears with these chilling tales. The characters range from a housewife whose husband murders her to settle a dispute over a piece of land to a man driven to an act of desperation by a lifetime of jealously over his best friend's good fortune. Another turns the tables on her kidnapper who brutalizes her and leaves her for dead; a wife who learns a dark secret about her husband is faced with a life-altering choice. This collection had me white knuckling the pages from cover to cover. I am a huge fan of Stephen King; I've read a majority of his work. This book delivered everything I'd expect and more. There's a real sense of empowerment in several of the stories. One of the stories is centered around what is often a woman's worst fear: being abducted and left at the mercy of a madman. I don't want to spoil the story, but it was great to see that the monsters of the world don't always win.
A big fan of the short story I am - there is always so much that goes on and then it ends and well, you can just imagine what might have gone on in the future. The point is though, that the future is just your imagination, the main part of this story is over. I just love a good short story and truly think King writes the best. That being said, about half way thru the second story in this book, I am wondering "What the hell is Stevie doing?". These stories get more gruesome as you go along and not in the just usual blood and guts way, but just examples of horrible human behavior. And, all the time I'm thinking I can't wait until the epilogue to see what he has to say for himself.
And, he said exactly what I was thinking - the stories are based in the fact that we all have a dark side - in you will allow that - my words not his - and that humans do horrific things to each other. I remember an xray tech telling me that one time when I was getting more pics of the infamous ankle - as a tech in a small hospital he had not seen much but when he'd moved to this big hospital he was astounded at the things he saw, particularly the things folks do to each other. And Uncle Steve, again, thrilled me and made me think - maybe too much - but just what all secrets do YOU have?
Stephen King’s latest novella collection, Full Dark No Stars, is a return to vintage King, where blood splatters, bones break, and people’s mouths are filled with filth. But in true King style, underneath the apparent slasherfilm horror there is a bit of depth. Marital discord seems to be a theme of No Stars, and the question King is asking is: ‘how far will people go?’ In our first piece “1922” we hear a confession from Wilfred James, a husband and a father, who tells of the disastrous and violent consequences stemming from his choices in 1922. Big Driver is a story of bloody revenge, handed out by Tess a novelist who is taken advantage of after taking some bad directions. A deal with the Devil is made in Fair Extension, a quirky tale of the ultimate rat race, where Harry Streeter takes it a little further than keeping up with the Joneses. A Good Marriage is based on a real life serial killer, and explores what a wife would/should do upon discovering something unpleasant about their husband. The supernatural takes a back-seat in No Stars, certainly there is a rather unnatural deal made in Fair Extension, and 1922 and Big Driver contain ghostly happenings which causes are ambiguous as to whether magic or madness underlie them. King leads with strong prose and brutal storytelling, so much so that he apologizes for the dark events of the novellas (which seems very unlike this author.) Full Dark No Stars finds a perfect balance between violent romp and though-provocation, highly recommended.
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