From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, four “disturbing, fascinating” (The Washington Post) novellas—including the story “1922,” a Netflix original film—that explore the dark side of human nature.
“The pages practically turn themselves” (USA TODAY) in Full Dark, No Stars, an unforgettable collection centered around the theme of retribution.
In “1922,” a violence awakens inside a man when his wife proposes selling off the family homestead, setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver”, a mystery writer is brutally assaulted by a stranger along a Massachusetts back road and plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
In “Fair Extension,” making a deal with the devil not only saves a man from terminal illness but also provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
In “A Good Marriage,” the trust forged by more than twenty years of matrimony is irrevocably shattered when a woman makes a chance discovery leading to the horrifying implications of just who her husband really is.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, King’s Full Dark, No Stars is a “page-turner” (The New York Times) “as gripping as his epic novels” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and “an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point” (The Telegraph, UK).
Eerie twists of fate drive the four longish stories in King's first collection since Just After Sunset (2008). In "1922," a farmer murders his wife to retain the family land she hopes to sell, then watches his life unravel hideously as the consequences of the killing suggest a near-supernatural revenge. "Big Driver" tells of an otherwise ordinary woman who discovers her extraordinary capacity for retribution after she is raped and left for dead. "A Good Marriage" explores the aftermath of a wife's discovery of her milquetoast husband's sinister secret life, while "Fair Extension," the book's most disturbing story, follows the relationship between a man and the best friend on whom he preternaturally shifts all his bad luck and misfortune. As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable.
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This is a great novel , a perfect follow up to the iconic TALISMAN.
Great work gentle men. Terrific character development .
I first met ol' Travellin Jack over twenty years ago. I like
Travelin Jack , and Wolf , ol' Speedy / Parkus , and that cool
Full Dark, No Stars
As the faithful reader that Steven King often writes to, I not only appreciate his talent, I have embraced the many different styles and genres that he has chosen to write in.
This is the first book I have read on an electronic device, I was not excited about this at all, but it was a much better tool than I thought it would be.
I must say the stories harken back to some of the darker and more bleak aspects of human nature that I have glimpsed in Steven King books of the past, books that I loved and shivered through in my teens and twenties.
I am now a mature 50 year old woman and must say I was more moved and disturbed by these stories than I thought I could be. I found myself unable to sleep after reading a couple of the stories, not necessarily a good thing at this stage of my life. Atmospheric, engrossing and heartbreaking at times, this was a wonderful book, it really made me think, especially the last story as I have been married to my husband for 27 years and this one particularly freaked me out. Now I will be looking at my husband through different eyes.
Thanks Steven King for showing me that I can still enjoy a good scare. I shall now try and find a sunny place as I feel kind of chilled, your faithful reader.
Pure Stephen King!
These short stories reminded me of the "classic" Stephen King novels (ie. Christine, Carrie, Salem's Lot, Night Shift). No unnecessary profanity, just pure dark and honest story telling! Loved it!