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Full Dark, No Stars

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Full Dark, No Stars

By Stephen King

Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9781439192603, 560pp.

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

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The #1 New York Times bestselling and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short stories--two of which will soon be adapted for film, and which Booklist called "raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception." Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, this collection proves Stephen King a master storyteller.

"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 Lifetime movie starring Maria Bello--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.

In the last of the tales--made into a film starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia--an unsuspecting wife looks for batteries in the garage while her husband of twenty years is away on a business trip. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she makes a horrifying discovery--and it definitively ends "A Good Marriage.


Praise For Full Dark, No Stars

“King [is] the most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet… The pages practically turn themselves.”—Carol Memmott, USA Today



Full Dark, No Stars is an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point.”—The Telegraph (UK)



“A page turner.… King … seems able to write compact tales or gargantuan ones with equal ease.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times



“Might yield another classic… Solid psychological chillers.”Columbus Dispatch



“Just as gripping as his epic novels.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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