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Publisher Description

The eagerly awaited paperback edition of the No. 1 bestselling hardcover featuring a stand-alone sequel to The Outsider, and three additional irresistible novellas.

News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.

Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises something is not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins 'If It Bleeds', a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestselling THE OUTSIDER featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case - and also the riveting title story in Stephen King's brilliant new collection.

Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this 'formidably versatile author' (The Sunday Times) - 'Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat'. All four display the richness of King's storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating Author's Note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer's unparalleled imagination

Crime & Thrillers
21 April
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

Bird-from-hell ,


Three short stories that pack a punch. A great starting point for readers looking to get into Stephen King.

Tomsandford ,

It was more than all rat.

A brilliant gateway into the King world, the short stories in here are definitely amongst his best, they are not horror stories in the original sense but they are stories that horrify none the less - through humanity more than anything.

It seems as though King had fun writing the stories, seemingly injecting a lot of his own life into the narrative, this only added to the quality and sense of reality that his storytelling remains to provide over years of experience.

Overall a very enjoyable and somewhat easy read.

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