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Full Dark, No Stars: Stories Mass Market Paperback – September 20, 2011
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"King [is] the most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet... The pages practically turn themselves."--Carol Memmott, "USA Today"
""Full Dark, No Stars" is an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point."--"The Telegraph" (UK)
"Might yield another classic... Solid psychological chillers."--"Columbus Dispatch"
"A page turner.... King ... seems able to write compact tales or gargantuan ones with equal ease."--Janet Maslin, "New York Times"
"Just as gripping as his epic novels."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch"""
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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Four stories, from shorter to longer, comprise this volume. 1922 is a tale of that old cliché: the perfect crime gone wrong. In this case, what goes wrong, however, is not some flaw in the execution of the crime itself, but in underestimating the emotional and psychological toll on the perpetrators. Big Driver is also from that straight cliché book: the revenge tale. But this one has, what I considered at least, to be a very interesting twist about how the damsel got into distress in the first place. Fair Extension, the shortest story here, is also the one with a supernatural feel to it. Though I have to admit, I did not mind it as much as I thought. In fact, it was tight, fast and delivered a nice sucker punch. The book ends with A Good Marriage, a fictitious tale based on an unfortunately all too true event of the past decade.
I can understand why King is so successful. The stories display a strong imagination, such that even the above-mentioned clichés take on a fresh scent. The man knows how to paint a scene and wrap the reader around in it.
Like a number of authors, however, King is also weak on dialogue. People do not really speak the way the characters here do, and it was an unfortunate distraction. Also, my peeve is that characters’ inner voices tend to be externalized too much, such as in Big Driver with its talking GPS. A person’s inner voice, softly whispering dark possibilities into one’s ear, strikes me as a more effective way to build the suspense.
But hey, I am not the one selling a billion books. King is, and it shows.
"The souls of humans have become poor and transparent things" says the Devil in Fair Extension, the least violent but for me, the most bleak of the tales. These words could serve as an epigraph to the collection. It is visceral, disturbing and although King says in the Afterword that he doesn't want to make readers think as they read, yet throughout Full Dark, No Stars I was challenged intellectually as well as emotionally. What would I do in, or following, the situations depicted here? How do we grapple with the age old problem of evil? The concept of revenge is another age old philosophical and literary concern, wrenched open again for our consideration by Stephen King.
If you are a King fan you'll have this book already. If you are an occasional reader of his work, then I urge you to grab a copy asap. It ranks with his best.