"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In "Big Driver", a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
"Fair Extension", the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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"[T]hese tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable." (Publishers Weekly)
"King has gone on record saying he believes that American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction... if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book." (Booklist)
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A great collection of short stories. This is a good collection of quick reads.
Jessica's read is better but I guess so are her stories. Not really a good collection by King either.
They need to put some effort in choosing readers. Craig's voices of characters is just god aweful and distracting. I gave the book two stars for Jessica and partially interesting stories.
I am a big fan of short stories and SK's tells them extremely well in this collection of four. The first short story, "1922", was my favorite. A man experiences hardship on a level not seen since "Very Bad Things" after murdering his wife with the aid of his ignorant son. You can't stop listening to it, I might listen it twice :) The other 3 stories are excellent as well, a great listen.
Which is scarier? Stephen King's supernatural books or his psychological freak out books? Hard to say! I listened to this book while I was driving back and forth to work and I was freaked out! I would tell friends about the story I was listening to and they would just shake their heads at me. His characters are so normal, just like someone you would work with or live next store to. Turns out they're the ones we need to be leery of! Great listen!
I am wondering if Mr. King is having problems with his women. A story of a man who murders his wife, which isn't anything but gross and corrupts his son into helping him do it, which is sad and sick. The next one a detailed story of a woman getting raped and beaten. Oh yeah that is what women want to read. I quit. Nothing spooky, nothing that goes bump in the night or makes you wonder what is happening. The third story is about a man who wants to transfer his cancer to his best friend. Why? Because he is jealous. After doing a deal with the devil his friend's wife gets it instead and dies. It then goes on to tell how the friends entire family gets destroyed, while the man watches and enjoys. No moral here, no story here. The last story is about a woman with a dark side... what a surprise.
Interesting and will keep you thinking, but when I buy S.K. I expect suspense through my bones and this lacked this all together...ok story lines but nothing that jumps out. Save your money.
I enjoyed this book, but is it my favorite SK collection of short stories? No. It's def. worth a listen though, I enjoy Craig Wasson's narration of the first story. I say if you're a big SK fan then you have to listen, if not you're not missing THAT much...but give it a shot if you're in the mood for some darkness in your day.
I was a little disappointed with the first short story and the second seemed to end abruptly, however, the third story more than made up for it.
I read this book before I came on Audibles and bought it to put on my ipod. I must say that the narrators in my opinion are just horrible. I found myself being so irritated by their reading style that I could not pay attention to what they were saying. I would recommend reading the book over listening to it.
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