Full Dark, No Stars
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Full Dark, No Stars

by Stephen King
Release date: November 1, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror, short stories
Tags: bram stoker award, british fantasy award

Bram Stoker Award 2010, British Fantasy Award 2011.

A collection of four previously unreleased novellas.

  • 1922
  • Big Driver
  • Fair Extension
  • A Good Marriage

Following on the heels of the stunning #1 bestseller Under the Dome, a new collection of four original never-before-published stories from Stephen King.

”I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters a stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends ”A Good Marriage”.

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King is a master of the long story form.

(updated 2017-01-17)

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