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F 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 form12 Audio CDs 14 Hou I may have stepped too far into the King waters this time I should probably stick closer to shore And I really should have taken the title at face valueThis collection was intense and disturbing exploring the darkest underbelly of human behavior I d also like to add that they re not easy to forget they have inhabited a part of my brain and I d really like them to leave PleaseBig Driver Brutal and unsettling A violent rape and its aftermath A cozy writer finds her inner warrior There were moments when I was reading this novella when I forgot to breatheFair Extension Deal with the devil story that explores that most dark of emotions envy There s a reason it s one of the seven deadly sins Sans violence gore or things that go bump in the night this one was the nastiest for me and I wanted to scrub my soul with bleachA Good Marriage Unnerving and the best of the four I previously read this as a standalone not knowing that it was part of this collection Mr King asks the uestion is it possible to really know someone1922 A horror show and too much for this sueamish gal True King fans which I ll never be due to being a wuss think this is the best of the lot If I d finished reading it I would likely not get any sleep and I need my beauty restSo why am I still rating this with four stars Horrifying as the stories may be dang if he didn t pull me under and make me consider what horrible people might do Now anyone know of a good lobotomist

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“ 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 uartet 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 str this was fine1922 was the country bumpkin s rendition of poe s far superior the tell tale hearti genuinely have nothing nice or not to say about big driver and fair exchangethe good marriage wasgood probably my favorite lol212

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Anger 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 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 than twenty years is away on one o There s a fair amount of criticism out there about Stephen King A lot of it is valid but there are certain times that he s the perfect author to be reading Like last night when a winter storm blew through Freezing temperatures snow ice and high winds made it look like an Artic wasteland outside As I lay reading under my warm blankets I paused for a moment and listened to the wind making the house creak and the sleet hitting the windows and thought This is just about the perfect setting to be reading a Stephen King book The fact that it was a very damn good Stephen King book was an excellent bonusAs if to give us a break after recent high page count books like Under the Dome and Duma Key King delivers four short n sweet novellas focusing on the nastier sides of people with just a hint of the supernatural These are four tales about the lives we build that we tell ourselves our safe sane and secure but there s always darkness lurking at the edges King points out that sometimes we re the ones who invite that darkness inIn 1922 a Depression era farmer in the Midwest just wants to work with his son and read books in the evening but his wife wants to sell some land her father left her to a hog factory and use the money to move to the city When the two can t reach an agreement the farmer decides to murder her and hide the body in an old well Even worse he manipulates his son into helping What results is a chilling story of the unintended conseuences that one crime and the ensuing guilt can cause Big Driver features Tess an author who writes cozy mysteries about a group of elderly amateur female detectives that are popular with grandma types Taking a short cut home from a speakingsigning engagement a flat tire leads to Tess being raped and left for dead After escaping Tess realizes that since she s a uasi celebrity going to the police would result in a media firestorm that would taint the rest of her life so she decides to seek her own revengeDave Streeter is a man with terminal cancer who gets a mysterious offer for fifteen healthy years of life in Fair Extension but he has to nominate someone to get a heaping dose of bad luck in his place Since he s got a lot of resentment and grudges against his best friend Tom and his perfect life Streeter decides that his old buddy deserves some misfortuneThe uestion in A Good Marriage is how well do you know your spouse Darcy and Bob have been together 25 years and if things are a bit dull and ordinary at this point they ve built a good life and are generally content When Bob s away on business Darcy goes looking for batteries in the garage and discovers a horrifying secret that her husband has been keepingThis is some of the best stuff that King has done in years By focusing on human nature rather than supernatural monsters he was able to create some very relatable yet scary stories We know that we won t really be trapped in old hotels filled with ghosts or live in a town overrun by vampires or chased by demon cars that drive themselves But getting a flat tire on a lonely road Finding a dark secret about a spouse Being jealous of a friend doing better than yourself Watching your life unravel because of a bad decision you ve tried to hide Those are things that we really fear and King uses them all skillfully to deliver some of his creepiest stories yet


10 thoughts on “Full Dark No Stars

  1. says:

    Full Dark No Stars is as harrowing as it getsFor many years King's Different Seasons claimed the title of my #1 favorite short story collection Well you heard it hear first times they are a changingThat honor now goes to this delig

  2. says:

    this was fine1922 was the country bumpkin's rendition of poe's far superior the tell tale hearti genuinely have nothing nice or not to say about big driver and fair exchangethe good marriage wasgood probably my favorite lol212

  3. says:

    Life is fair We all get the same nine month shake in the box and then the dice roll Some people get a run of sevens Some people unfortunately get snake eyes It's just how the world isFull Dark No Stars is a colle

  4. says:

    There’s a fair amount of criticism out there about Stephen King A lot of it is valid but there are certain times that he’s the perfect author to be reading Like last night when a winter storm blew through Freezing temperatures snow ice and high winds made it look like an Artic wasteland outside As I lay reading under

  5. says:

    45 Stars Very Dark and Wonderfully Gruesome collection Was happy to have found this gem when cleaning and reorganizing one of my too many to read bookshelves here at home and even though I find I've already read each and every oneSHEESHI actually didn't remember the ending on a couple of them so all is well and having a real KING book is hardly a hardship after all 1922 5 Stars A marital disagreement to sell or not to

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    1922 A man coerces his son into helping him murder his wife Can they keep their sanity in the aftermath1922 is a latter day retelling of A Telltale Heart only with rats and a Bonnie and Clyde side story It's also damn good and a prime example of what Stephen King can do when he has a limited number of pages to work with instead of the entire paper output of a redwood forestBig Driver After taking a shortcut do

  7. says:

    Full Dark Four Stars In Full Dark No Stars we get four dark tales filled with murder revenge terror and death That my friend is regular Monday morning at Stephen King's head anyway Novella #1 1922 To be honest I picked up

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    I reviewed it in the Guardian you can read the full review over at so I'm not going to put it all up here for a while But it begins Novellas are an odd form of writing and there is no love for them in publishing They are the wrong size You need about four of them to make a standard sized bookIt has been almost 30 years since Step

  9. says:

    I may have stepped too far into the King waters this time I should probably stick closer to shore And I really should have taken the title at face valueThis collection was intense and disturbing exploring the darke

  10. says:

    I finishedFull Dark No Stars I always liked that title It’s a subtle warning for what lies ahead within these four novellas but I didn’t realize how accurate it was until I read them all Let me add a warning you before you decide to read them Not for the faint of heart Big Driver Tess is a mystery writer and like writers do she attends a few speaking engagements throughout the year Get close to her fans talk about her latest book and