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Publisher Description

*#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*

From the legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new “exceptionally compelling novellas that reaffirm [King’s] mastery of the form” (The Washington Post).

Readers adore Stephen King’s novels, and his novellas are their own dark treat, briefer but just as impactful and enduring as his longer fiction. Many of his novellas have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption).

Four brilliant new tales in If It Bleeds are sure to prove as iconic as their predecessors. Once again, King’s remarkable range is on full display. In the title story, reader favorite Holly Gibney (from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider) must face her fears, and possibly another outsider—this time on her own. In “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” an intergenerational friendship has a disturbing afterlife. “The Life of Chuck” explores, beautifully, how each of us contains multitudes. And in “Rat,” a struggling writer must contend with the darker side of ambition.

If these novellas show King’s range, they also prove that certain themes endure. One of King’s great concerns is evil, and in If It Bleeds, there’s plenty of it. There is also evil’s opposite, which in King’s fiction often manifests as friendship. Holly is reminded that friendship is not only life-affirming but can be life-saving. Young Craig befriends Mr. Harrigan, and the sweetness of this late-in-life connection is its own reward.

“Exactly what I wanted to read right now,” said Ruth Franklin in a rave on the cover of The New York Times Book Review. “Phenomenal," said Brian Truitt in USA TODAY. “King still owns the fright business like none other.”

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
NARRATOR
WP
Will Patton
LENGTH
15:12
hr min
RELEASED
2020
April 21
PUBLISHER
Simon & Schuster Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
770.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Ka 19 ,

Good

The first story had a Hitchcock feel but I felt like it was too long, the second story.. I’m not sure what I read (the three acts are read in backwards order, ending with the beginning of the story.) I enjoyed the last two stories the best, here the pace picked up and I was very intrigued.

KM FTW ,

Great book

Really enjoyed this one. I was very happy to hear another story about Holly Gibney and her adventures. If you haven’t heard of Holly before this one go back and read the Mr Mercedes trilogy AND The Outsider. It really helps you to understand the premise of the story If It Bleeds. And…it helps listeners to understand Holly’s voice. All three narrators do a great job. As a “Constant Reader” I am looking forward to my next audio trip into the world of Stephen King!

PatsRule83 ,

Pretty good

I really enjoyed listening to these stories. My big complaint is the tone the narrator used to voice Holly in the third story. He made her sound “slow in the head”, which she isn’t. It was very annoying and ruined the story. Other than that all the stories were great.

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