Just After Sunset
Just After Sunset
Simon & Schuster Audio, Compact Disc, 9780743575317, 13pp.
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating -- and then terrifying -- journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable -- and resourceful -- as Audrey Hepburn's character in "Wait Until Dark." In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it.
"Just After Sunset" -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
Stephen King has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit."
Patricia CornwellPatricia Cornwell won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger for another Scarpetta novel, "Cruel and Unusual", which, like "All That Remains" and "Body of Evidence", was a national and international bestseller, establishing the author as one of the top names in the crime writing field. Her first novel, "Postmortem", was the only novel ever to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards and the French Prix du Roman d'Adventure in one year. A former award-winning crime reporter for the "Charlotte Observer", Cornwell worked for more than six years as a computer analyst in the chief medical examiner's office in Virginia.
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"King reminds us again of his power to unhinge with a single line or image. A master of the storytelling craft, he gets his ghastly fingernails right beneath the skin."
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"In these 13 newly collected stories, we see a master craftsman at the top of his game and clearly enjoying himself.... Each story is a treat not just for King fans but for any fan of good fiction."
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