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"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 the 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 Dave 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 films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

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Full Dark, No Stars
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Not for the weak
January 1st, 2015
Great stories but very dark. Not scary per say, They scare you with the reality. They make you wonder about the people around you.
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Full Dark, No Stars
November 12th, 2014
Four shorter stories with true King flair!
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Stephen King at his short story best
May 11th, 2014
A good story totally engrosses the reader in such a way that time stands still and becomes of no consequence. That's how "Full Dark, No Stars" struck me as I read. I'm usually not one for the grotesque and bad language riddled story but both were so much a part of the story that I was willing to let it slide this time. This would be a great start for those unfamiliar with Mr. King's work. For those of us who are familiar and regular readers of this author it's a reader's treat. Enjoy...uh, with the lights on. :)
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Well worth the read
November 22nd, 2013
First story was a bit to gruesome for me, the others were excellent, well done Stephen, you remain one of the best in my estimation.
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November 3rd, 2013
One of the best collection of short stories I have read in awhile. The all had a dark sinister twists to them. I true King horror.
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October 5th, 2013
I've always found King to be at his best when writing short stories and that continues with anthology. For any fan of Stephen King there is no going wrong in reading this collection.
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Interesting Read....
July 24th, 2013
I happen to be a fan of King's short stories. While this book's stories are definitely harsh and dark, the characters feel like someone you'd read about in the papers. Kinda creepy, actually.
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Great read!
July 22nd, 2013
For a while I had stopped reading Stephen King's books. I began to find a sameness about them that I didn't like. I'm glad I started with this one. Each story was different, King tends to get inside the mind of his characters in a twisted sort of way, and in turn into the mind of the reader. Definitely a refreshing read.
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