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Publisher's Summary

Stephen King - who has written more than 50 books, dozens of number-one New York Times best sellers, and many unforgettable movies - delivers an astonishing collection of short stories. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications.

Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey.

Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark.

In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand.

For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.", which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it.

Just After Sunset - call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.

©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon & Schuster

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  • David
  • Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 11-25-08

Recycle

Be aware... a large portion of this book consists of The Gingerbread Girl and Stationary Bike. These are two short stories that I previously purchased and did not realize that they were being recycled. I did like the stories that were new however, thus the 3 rating.

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  • J
  • 10-31-09

decent for SK, but not great

I'm a long time SK printed page reader...he's the only writer who can actually scare me or gross me out on a page. These stories are OK, some decent, some decent but overly long and a couple downright boring. A couple gems but overall not particularly creepy or enthralling.

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  • Harry
  • Montague City, MA, United States
  • 07-26-13

Horrible, just horrible...

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I love Stephen King's books, but this one was a HUGE disappointment. I agree with a previous reviewer who said that it seemed to have been written by a 12 year-old.

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I loved this collection so much!

IMHO some oh King's best short stories are in this book. Such a great read!

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king is the master of probable horror

Good story from the master himself great modern ghost stories and probable horror love him.

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Even subpar King is worth reading

I've read about 40 Stephen King books including four of his short story collections. This is weaker than the majority of his books including Night Shift, Skeleton Crew and Nightmares and Dreamscapes. A couple of the stories in this volume are unpleasant tales about surviving abuse or terminal illness, without the joyful note of spooky fun that defines many of his earlier short stories. None the less Just After Sunset still has some clever premises in it, the writing is strong as ever and I never tire of King's writing for more than a few minutes here and there. If you're a casual King reader the three other short story volumes I mentioned are more fun. But if you've read those, I recommend reading the author's life work.

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Good Collection. Semi-Classic King.

I almost didn’t get this because of some negative reviews, but I’m happy I did. The stories are not horrors, but weird, creepy, sad and very interesting. And funny sometimes. They are interesting like From a Buick 8 was or Dolores Claiborne. Not violent but twisted. You’ll enjoy this.

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King does it again... great collection !!!

Great collection of short stories and LOVED the narrators. I recommend this audiobook and not just for King fans.

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poor audio quality

Some good stories- however much of it sounded as if it were coming through a drive-thru speaker.

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Absolutely fantastic fun

it was so much fun to read a bunch of short stories from Stephen King again I think my favorite was like his "Wilma". I really like "Wilma" and who can't like "In the shits"