Full Dark No Stars Author: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 mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlet... more »te 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 is 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'.« less
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I've read almost all of King's works and this is by and large, one of his darkest collections of stories. Presented here are 4 stories: 1922, Big Driver, Fair Extension, and A Good Marriage. Stephen King himself admits in the afterword that these stories are somewhat harsh. With that being said, I loved them all! If you're new to Stephen King's work, this might just be the one to start with first. All of them are very tightly written with no spare prose in sight. 1922 is about a man, Wilfred James, who settles a land dispute with his wife by killing her, with a fair amount of problems afterwards. Big Driver is about an author who takes a shortcut home with devastating and life-changing results. Fair Extension is also a grim story, but with a dark sense of humor about a man who makes a pact with Mr. Elvid to change his life and those of others he knows. And A Good Marriage is about a dark secret between a husband and wife.
This is another great from the master of horror and is not to be missed!
Stephen King at his best! Four excellent short stories with a "real world" background that makes them even scarier. A little different in some ways than his other work but still classic King entertainment.
Each of these four stories are good in their own right. The first story "1922" about a man and his son who murders the wife/mom is probably the best of the four. The second story "Big Driver" about a woman who is brutally raped by a man who stops to assist her when her car is stranded on a deserted road, had the potential of being the most terrifying but the ending was rather anti-climatic. "Fair Extensions" about a man who sells his soul to the devil is vintage King. "A Good Marriage" is a great character study about a wife who finds her husband is leading a murderous double life. This story is very engaging and is based on the real-life BTK killer. As a whole, this is one of Kings better short-story (long-story) collections. It's worth the read.