Full Dark, No Stars
By Stephen King
Summary: Now in mass market paperback, a collection of four riveting, never-before-published novellas from Stephen King. Also includes the new short story “Under the Weather.”
“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 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.
Source: I borrowed a paperback from my stepmom.
When I saw 1922 show up as a movie on Netflix, I knew it was finally time to crack open this short story collection and get to reading. It’s been on my shelf for what seems like ages and I’m awful at picking Stephen King books up unless it’s autumn.
Full Dark, No Stars was one of the darkest collections I’ve read by Stephen King.
1922 was a story similar to that of The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe set in a farming town in Nebraska. It was the biggest chunk of the short story collection and was awesomely haunting. The Netflix movie was also phenomenal.
Big Driver was an absolutely terrifying story… it was perhaps the most graphic and disturbing of them all. It gave me the shivers multiple times as I realized it’s something all women probably fear to some degree.
Fair Extension was about a guy who made a deal with the devil and reminded me almost of Thinner because it was more upbeat. It was actually perfect that it came right about Big Driver because I needed something a tad less horrifying.
A Good Marriage was… well, it was quiet interesting when a wife discovered her husband was a little more into some stuff than she realized… and it wasn’t anything she could ignore.
I really enjoyed the short story collection and I can’t believe it took me this long to read it. It’s still not my favorite King short story collection, but it’s hard to top Skeleton Crew in my opinion. Whether you’re a fan of old or new King, Full Dark, No Stars delivered a little a both that worked well.