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Full Dark, No Stars

featuring 1922, now a Netflix film

By Stephen King

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Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2010
'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 mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. 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 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 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. It'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 hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, FULL DARK, NO STARS proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

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On the heels of the stunning success of Under the Dome, Hodder's bestselling Stephen King title this decade, comes a collection of four brand new, darkly riveting and intimate stories.

About the Author

Stephen King has written some forty books and novellas, including CARRIE, THE STAND and RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION `from the collection DIFFERENT SEASONS`, BAG OF BONES, ON WRITING and most recently CELL, LISEY`S STORY and DUMA KEY. He wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman, including BLAZE `June 2007`. He won America`s prestigious National Book Award and was voted Grand Master in the 2007 Edgar Allen Poe awards. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.

Reviews

'You're sorry when you come to the end.' * Daily Express * 'The pedal is indeed to the metal.' * Guardian * 'Tight and energetic from start to finish.' * New York Times * 'Staggeringly addictive.' * USA Today * 'King's most purely entertaining novel in years . . . utterly compelling.' * John Connolly * 'America's greatest living novelist delivers his masterpiece.' * Lee Child * Praise for Under the Dome: * . *

King leaves the supernatural behind to find the macabre in stories of ordinary misfortune. In each, ordinary people discover how their choices define who they are and what they can become. As usual, King's characters are multidimensional and colorful, if not necessarily sympathetic. Craig Wasson takes on two of the stories, and his raspy voice is a pleasure to listen to. The main characters in "1922" and "Fair Exchange" are not young men, and his mature gruffness and easy delivery are perfect. And while Jessica Hecht's reading of both "Big Driver" and "A Good Marriage" is pleasant and steady, her characterizations through dialogue are not very broad, and sometimes sound timid and whiny. Still, the strength of the stories keeps the listener enthralled. A Scribner hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

King, a modern master of short fiction, offers four disturbing but unforgettable novellas that explore our capacity for retribution. Narrators Craig Wasson and Jessica Hecht bring these psychological chillers to life. (LJ 3/15/11) (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

EAN: 9781444712551
ISBN: 1444712551
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.6 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Once again an excellent book from Stephen King. The stories were all brilliantly written and a little different to his usual 'horror'. These stories were a bit more 'real'. If you enjoyed Under The Dome then you will love this. A must for all Stephen King fans. Stories were great length, not to long but each felt like a complete story and you really bond with the characters.

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