"The face of the man in the black suit grows ever clearer, ever closer, and I remember every word he said. I don't want to think of him, but I can't help it, and sometimes at night my old heart beats so hard and so fast I think it will tear itself right clear of my chest."
A haunting recollection of a mysterious boyhood event, The Man in the Black Suit, read by John Cullum, leads off this masterful collection from Stephen King.
Other dark tales include: All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, read by Peter Gerety, in which a man checks into a Lincoln, Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life; That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French, read by Becky Ann Baker, presents the ultimate case of deja vu; and The Death of Jack Hamilton, read by Arliss Howard, a blistering tale of Depression-era outlaws on the run.
Whether writing about encounters with the dead or the near-dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, Stephen King's The Man in the Black Suit is a gripping, intense listen.
These unabridged selections also appear in the print edition of Everything's Eventual. More unabridged stories from Everything's Eventual are available in Blood and Smoke, Riding the Bullet, LT's Theory of Pets, and Everything's Eventual.
©2002 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
The thing I like about Stephen King's short stories is that they never fail to satisfy that craving for a good yarn. Sure, they are sometimes scary beyond all rhyme or reason, but more often than not, they are just great listening. In the Man in the Black Suit, King creates a central character that is both sympathetic and believable, and a villain so dark you tremble. But the narration and the storytelling are so good, you almost (emphasis on almost) forget to be scared. There is a story about John Dillinger that is about the best short story I've ever heard, and in Everything You Love Will Be Carried Away, King leaves you spellbound and wondering, and laughing for hours at all the collected bathroom humor built into the story. In "That Feeling You Can Only Say in French," you get the feeling you're watching an old Twilight Zone re-run, or maybe an old episode of Star Trek. You keep hoping the characters will recognize what you see so clearly. King is gifted in letting you see clearly what the characters cannot see, and in making you want them to see it. This is a great collection of stories and one not to be missed.
Not every story included here is stellar, but those that stood out were exceptionally suspenseful and well-crafted. Well worth the listen, but I couldn't give it 5 stars given some weaker material.
Classic Stephen King shorts!
Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
Not the best work from Sai King. The titular story being the only one with a real scare factor to it, it wasn't that scary.
The real gem was the story "The Death of Jack Hamilton." It was full of heart and imagery that even card carrying member of the uncle Stevie fan club like me can forget this man is capable of. If anyone wonders if King is more than a contemporary horror writer, have them read this or any of his other little gems like "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" and they will know.
Perhaps it isn't his best work, but it is not bad at all.
Long live the King!
This was classic King but "The Man In The Black Suite" was by far the best, not even close.
No, I wouldn't. This is a tired old theme. The only thing different was the devil was a bit of a cannibal.
It was interesting up until you learned the Man in Black was the devil.
This is the first time I listened to their performance.
I was moved by the loss of his brother by a bee sting in a time, where they didn't have much knowledge of such things.
This is one King work that I was truly disappointed in. It started off so good and then just fizzled out.
Only the first story, the Man in the Black Suit, is worth the price of admission. This is a taut King tale with a devil as only King could write it. The other three stories were forgettable, and hardly worth the price.
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