You Like It Darker You Like It Darker

You Like It Darker


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Publisher Description

From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary new collection of twelve short stories, many never-before-published, and some of his best EVER.

“You like it darker? Fine, so do I,” writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life—both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel “the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind,” and in You Like It Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again.

“Two Talented Bastids” explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In “Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream,” a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny’s most catastrophically. In “Rattlesnakes,” a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance—with major strings attached. In “The Dreamers,” a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. “The Answer Man” asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.

King’s ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.

Mysteries & Thrillers
May 21
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC

Customer Reviews

RiccoV ,

Quite good. Well worth reading.

There were about 2-3 of the stories that seemed flat, or for which I could see no real sense. It was like they ended when the narrator was taking a breath to finish. But there were a few that were great!

rdhcschultz ,

Great Read-Makes me think about what could be

I’ve read every book that he’s ever published and they never let me down. From the short story The Boogeyman at age 12, until now at 56, I’ve been hooked on all of it. I like the way that Stephen King deals with the way his characters act when faced with(sometimes) outlandish circumstances in very believable ways. He can dig deep into the emotions and the psyches and provide some really great stories. Whenever I get a new book by SK, I tell my boyfriend to go do something else because I’m “going to be spending some quality time with Stephen!”

Lucylww ,

From the Sublime to the Less Sublime

With the Danny Coughlin story and “The Answer Man,” King has this reader in the palm of his hand. These two narratives alone, as they inexorably unfold, make the book as a whole well worth reading. So forgive the opening “Bastids” story’s silliness and keep on reading! I cared about a number of these characters deeply, and King is, here, master of plot and theme. In places, these narratives would not let go. In places the book was (openly) derivative ( think Flannery O’Connor), but the journey here is one I loved and I think you will too. The answer man says so.

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