Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No Stars

By Stephen King

Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781451650600, 386pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2011

The acclaimed #1 "New York Times" and undisputed King of Horror Stephen King delivers five unforgettable short works, 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," " Full Dark, No Stars" proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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, soon to be a major 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, soon to be a major motion picture, Darcy Anderson's husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips and his unsuspecting wife 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.

About the Author
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."

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