Full Dark No Stars Download eBook 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 the Afterword, King admits that these 4 short stories are harsh and hard to read. Telling us that up front probably would discourage readers from even trying this book. Short stories are where King shines. This book is no exception. What's noticeable in this book is the lack of the supernatural. No ghosts, aliens, scary creatures that you can only imagine. What we have here is the pure evilness of the human person. And, frankly, that's even scarier than anything supernatural. King delves deep into the black hearts of people, showing how they live normally among us but do deeds we can't imagine. We have 4 mostly longish shortish stories. We start off with 1922, a story about a farmer, his child and his wife. The wife inherits land from her father and wants to sell it off while the husband wants to try and farm it. What ends up happening is on par with Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Next we have Big Driver which was just a horrifying read. An author goes to a book reading and signing at a non-descript library and ends up on a shortcut that was just... horrific. That's the only adjective I can come up with for this story. Along comes Fair Extension which did have a little help from the devil, but really, the human in this story didn't need the help. He just needed a reason. Lastly, A Good Marriage shows us that decades of living with, loving and being friends with someone doesn't
mean you know the person or the gruesome hobbies they indulge in. Eek. I think the vampires, werewolves and bogeymen are less scary than people now.
Wow. I discovered King when "1963" was released. That was is novel about the killing of JFK through a story about time travel. He makes you suspend disbelief in an impossible plot through characters that you come to know so well. The impossible become improbable and then, well, maybe ... I was assured that "1963" was not a horror book and I could not put it down. I am not a fan of horror movies and probably still would not go to see a King movie, but the writing was so good I finally felt compelled to try another King book. "Full Dark, No Stars" consists of 4 short stories. It did not disappoint. I have already started another short King book with just 2 stories and I think I have to admit that I have become a fan. I just want to make sure that I will be able to sleep at night.
Its easy to say that Stephen King is a masterful story teller who evokes emotion with a single sentence. He really is most excellent in the short form. Every story is perfectly nuanced. I read the book slowly to savor it and was not disappointed. My only complaint is that the book is finished and I now have to wait until his next book is out. Stephen King is writing at his best. Each story is a dark, polished gem. One story had the feeling of a Bachman piece, that dark, evil twist they seem to have. But none seemed utterly out of place. I enjoyed the collection and highly recommend it. Stephen King at his worst is still better than most writers at their best and this is definitely King at his best! The title is a warning though, these stories all have a very dark edge. So don't expect sunshine and rainbows!
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