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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Some stories better than others but overall another great read from Stephen King .....Published 1 day ago by DUCK
I can't believe I've never picked this up before. I somehow let this one slip through the cracks of all my other Stephen King book purchases in the past. Read morePublished 9 days ago by RDexter
I ordered a United Kingdom edition and got a United States edition with no dustcover.Published 11 days ago by Anselmo Peralta
Great group of short stories. Some of them are better than others. I would recommend this for anyone that likes the horror/sci-fi genre.Published 12 days ago by Imbhot
Again,ConstantReaders,our revered storytellerStephenK never disappoints!!these tawdry tales span a more significantly broad subject matter so nearly all walks of life(including... Read morePublished 26 days ago by lyzzie hill
Once again, Stephan King brings out some great short stories that will make you hide under the sheets, laugh, cry and all the feelings in between.Published 1 month ago by AP Navarro