Full Dark No Stars Kindle Edition 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 I consumed this book in 4 sittings- one for each story. Consisting of four stories (one short story and three borderline novellas,) King returns to the format that I have come to like best from him. He is simply the best American short story writer working today. The title is full of truth- these are four dark and sometimes grim stories, but this magnifies the few places of light that are found, scattered and fleeting, in the stories. From reading others' reviews, I'm pleased that each story has been singled out as people's favorites. That is as it should be, because each of the four stories are as different- in tone, in execution- as they are similiar in one important respect- they each open a window into the darkest places in the human heart- no matter if the outcome be black or white....or that wonderfully gray area in between.
Stephen King normally shines when writing in the short story and novella formats. Some of my very favorite King stories are contained in his novella collections (Different Seasons, Four Past Midnight) and this collection is no exception to the rule. Contained in Full Dark, No Stars are four mostly outstanding tales of terror and revenge. 1922 - A really solid "ghost" story about a man trying to save his farm, the lengths that he is willing to go through to save it and the revenge taken against him when he goes too far. Big Driver - Excellent rape/ultimate revenge tale. Had a few minor flaws, but overall I really liked the main
character and how she deals with the events that have been thrust upon her by some pretty messed up folks. Fair Extension - This was my least favorite in the collection, but still a good tale. This is your "Deal with the Devil" to get you revenge contribution to the collection. I liked a lot of things about this story, but I was a bit disappointed with how the main character handled the results of his special deal. A Good Marriage - My favorite story in the collection. A story about what we don't know about those with whom we have decided to spend our lives. I found this one to be creepy, revolting and fraught with tension. Truly King at his best.
King's most recent collection contains three novellas and two short stories, all of which are very dark. King is probably best known as a horror writer, but here, the works are closer to crime fiction. Certainly the first, a novella entitled "1922," is a sort of murder-mystery, though it's the confession of a murderer. "Big Driver" deals with rape and vigilantism. What King examines in his work, though, is more than thrills and scares; he is really peering into the dark corners of the human psyche, something he does incredibly well. And while some of his best-known works are massive tomes like *The Stand* and the recent *Under the Dome*, his skill often is most apparent in short form. He knows how to tell a story, and I think that's the greatest compliment a reader can ever give a writer.
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