Saturday, February 5, 2011

Review - Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King


Title: Full Dark, No Stars (Amazon)
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Scribner
Release Date: 2010
Pages: 384
Genre: Horror

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. (Goodreads)

Kim’s take

Stephen King is back with some darker and more gruesome short stories! The book really lives up to its name. I’ve never been a fan of short stories but this book has changed that. Of the four stories, my two favorites were actually the first two, 1922 and Big Driver. 1922 was just a creepy, dark story. Wilfred James is a farmer who assumes that if he kills his wife in order to prevent her from selling some property she had inherited, his problems will be solved. After the killing, things begin to unravel and turn terrifying. What he thought would be a solution turned itself into the maniacal undoing of himself and his son as well. In Big Driver, an author is stranded on the side of a country road with a flat tire when returning home from an appearance at a local library. The man who comes to her aid, who happens to be the size of the Jolly Green Giant, turns out to be anything but a Good Samaritan. What follows is the horrifying story of her very brutal rape then being left in a ditch, assumed dead. But she miraculously survives and her quest for vengeance leads to some very surprising twists. The other two stories were pretty good but neither pulled me in the way the first two did. I also recommend reading the afterword where King refers to his preference to portray regular people in extraordinary situations. I really liked it and recommend it to those of you who can handle the dark and gruesome suspense!

Kim’s Rating – 4/5

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