"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," a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger 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 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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1 . A Good Read
Posted January 17, 2011 by txazn08 , Houston, TXOverall, this was a good book. I found myself staying up for one more chapter or just a few more pages every night that I read this book. 1922 and Fair Extension involved the supernatural. I thought Big Driver and A Good Marriage were really good stories. They were thrillers that could actually happen.
2 . Full Dark, no Stars
Posted December 29, 2010 by Arlene , AvonAs usual, it was difficult for me to put down once I started to read. Each story was better then the one before. IMO "A Good Marriage" was my favorite of the four.
It's very scary to think no matter how well you think you know someone there is a chance there's a dark side hidden deep inside.
3 . To short of stories
Posted December 23, 2010 by Levi , Lansing, MIBeing a fan of King for a while I was excited for his new release. After reading Under the Dome, which I enjoyed, I was ready to read a great King story. Instead what I got were three mediocer short strories and one not worth my time. I admit that this is the first time I have read short works by any author, but I beleive that if you are going to have something published you should put all the effort you can into it to please you fans. Instead King threw together 4 short stories, a few of which could have been great novels, and cvollected his paycheck. the stories give minimal detail and almost no back stories. By the time you get to know and enjoy the charaters you are done and beginning to learn about another group of people. In all I generally love King's work but this is just not worth the money. Can't wait until he puts out a real novel again.
4 . Excellent, fast read
Posted December 06, 2010 by Stephen Warner , McMinnvilleThe short-story genre has always been good for Stephen King and he doesn't fail to entertain in this new lineup. Although the subject matter is tough in spots, King doesn't shy away from his real-life character development he is famous for, and it works. In fact, I enjoyed the post-script note from the author. I have read Stephen King for 30 years and have only had a hard-read on maybe two or three. My only complaint - I never got my book autographed after waiting for years on his list! If you are a classic King fan you won't be disappointed.
5 . another great read by Mr. King!
Posted November 21, 2010 by Judy U , Flint TXanother great read by Mr. King. I am never disappointed with his books.....just wish it would have been longer!
6 . Best yet!
Posted November 17, 2010 by Lexi Wright , Palm Bay, FLClassic King...I devoured it and then felt so sad that it was over. These are his best shorts yet!
November 09, 2010
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