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His first collection of short stories since the release of Nightmares & Dreamscapes in 1993, Everything's Eventual represents King at his most undiluted. The short story format showcases King's ability to spook readers using the most mundane settings (a yard sale) and comfortable memories (a boyhood fishing excursion). The dark tales collected here are some of King's finest, including an O. Henry Prize winner and "Riding the Bullet," published originally as an e-book and at one time expected by some to be the death knell of the physical publishing world. True to form, each of these stories draws the reader into King's slightly off-center world from the first page, developing characters and atmosphere more fully in the span of 50 pages than many authors can in a full novel.
For most rabid King fans, chief among the tales in this volume will be "The Little Sisters of Eluria," a novella that first appeared in the fantasy collection Legends, set in King's ever-expanding Dark Tower universe. In this story, set prior to the first Dark Tower volume, the reader finds Gunslinger Roland of Gilead wounded and under the care of nurses with very dubious intentions. Also included in this collection are "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French," the story of a woman's personal hell; "1408," in which a writer of haunted tour guides finally encounters the real thing; "Everything's Eventual," the title story, about a boy with a dream job that turns out to be more of a nightmare; and "L.T.'s Theory of Pets," a story of divorce with a bloody surprise ending.
King also includes an introductory essay on the lost art of short fiction and brief explanatory notes that give the reader background on his intentions and inspirations for each story. As with any occasion when King directly addresses his dear Constant Readers, his tone is that of a camp counselor who's almost apologetic for the scare his fireside tales are about to throw into his charges, yet unwilling to soften the blow. And any campers gathered around this author's fire would be wise to heed his warnings, for when King goes bump in the night, it's never just a branch on the window. --Benjamin Reese
His writing style is always intense and he strikes the right tone in each of the stories.
My favorites are 1408, The Road Virus Heads North, and The Man in the Black Suit...but I really like all of them!
I am a huge Stephen King fan and I have to say this collection of short stories is one of his best.
Like most of Kings short stories, these were quick and twisted. I liked them all.Published 8 days ago by Randall E. Sublett
How I miss the S. King of old, what a waste of time. I kept waiting for the stories to get better...I gave up.Published 8 days ago by MrClean
Makes you start thinking about did that really happen ? Did you see that? Hear that ? What else is really going on. . . . .Published 28 days ago by A Belcher
In the beginning of the book, Mr. King states his method for choosing the order of the stories therein. Read morePublished 1 month ago by GeminiM35
love Stephen king so this is a must to add to any collectionPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer