Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales (The Dark Tower 0.5 included)
Month after month and year after year, he churns it out, and he has for decades and decades now. I read this collection of horror stories after the members of my reading group--mostly women--caved in to the only other male in the group besides me. Many of the women had n...more
Rumors of Stephen King's demise have been greatly exaggerated. 2002 is gearing up to be another highly productive year for King, and he starts us off with his first short story collection since 1993, Everything's Eventual. It sure is nice to know that King doesn't feel the need to turn everything into a novel, and while his short stories have gotten longer, they still pack the punch that the early tales did. However, they pack it in a more lite...more
(note: asterisks ***means spoilers)
Autopsy Room Four: 3
I know, Four is in the title, but somehow I still give it a 3. This story was a good example of fun old horror (and I don't actually mean fun). A man is trapped in his soon-to-be-di...more
Short stories - aren't they delightful? Little "kisses in the dark from a stranger", as Stephen calls them. They are the binding of the literary world; they were here first and the world will probably end in a short story. Just sayin'.
I confess, I did a bit of cheating. Because I am a big fan of The Dark Tower series, I had read The Little Sisters of E...more
The Man in the Black Suit: Really cool and well written, if anything keeps you up at night.
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away: REALLY great little story, up to the climatic point and every little detail preceding it. I don't remember if he dies or not (or it doesn't say), but any of those things would still make it great.
The Death of Jack Hamilton: This book just keeps on giving with this one, a short little "biography"...more
I adore King. I love how he twists what is completely natural into something unbelievably supernatural. And, of the (few) short stories anthologies I've read, I think I love this volume best. King seems to reached his stride in terms of short story writing with this volume, with "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French" -- a story about deja vu -- being my current favorite (to the point that scenes and voices still echo in my head day...more
The first story “The Man In The Black Suit” tells a dark edged tale laced with grief that centers around a young boy and his fear of losing his Mom. Out fishing one day the boy has a run-in with the devil who attempts to take advantage of his fear. It manages to be creepy, funny and heartbreaking and the characters come to vivid life. This is a story I’ll be rereading before passing along.
Next up is "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away" abo...more
Autopsy Room Four: A chilling, yet humorous take on the premise "what would happen if you weren't really dead".
The Man in the Black Suit: I didn't know this story had won such a prestegious award! A wonderful take on what it would be like to meet the devil.
All that you love will be carried away: No horror here. Jus...more
Stephen King's Everything's Eventual is loaded with great stories. In addition to the one I'm about to discuss, the collection contains "1408," "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and a cool entry into the Dark Tower canon called "...more
Unlike alot of reviewers, I haven't read alot of Stephen King, I've never read one of his novels yet and other then a few of his short stories in magazines over the years, this was my 1st King book.
I'm a big fan of the movies, "Stand By Me", "The Shawshank Redemption", "Hearts in Atlantis" and "1408". I figured if King wrote all these great movies as (short stories) first, maybe I should be reading his other work.
"Everything's Eventual" has 1...more
I’ve always thought that Stephen King excels at short form. He’s able to build realistic, sympathetic characters is just a few pages and he doesn’t always rely on the twist ending, like so many other authors of short stories. There are no “classic” stories here – for me, the never-forget SK shorts are The Jaunt, Quitter’s Inc., and Survivor Type – but if you like his other collections, Everything’s Eventual will not disappoint.
Some highlights (and low-lights) inc...more
I picked up this book for a few reasons: I was between books and undecided on what to read, I did want to read a short story collection for a group book challenge task, I had wanted to read '1408', and my b/f is a big fan of King and, thus, recommended this collection. Notice that none of these reasons include a burning desire to read it. I mention this to give my review proper context, I suppose.
As a collection of short stories, I liked some better than others - and most of this commentary...more
There are two Dark Tower related stories in the collection - The Little Sisters of Eluria and Everything's Eventual. I reviewed the former here.
As of Everything's Eventual, it's about Dinky Earnshaw, remember him from the The Dark Tower #7? He's one of the Breakers who appears as a mail assassin in this short story. To be honest, I liked the narrative of this story the best. Dinky has a boring life (apart f...more
This was the first book by Stephen that I read. I'm absolutely in love with his writing style. I don't think there's much that needs to be said about this book. 'Riding the Bullet' was probably the darkest of all, I think.
Favorites: "The Man in the Black Suit", "LT's Theory of Pets", "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away", "Everything's Eventual", and "The Little Sisters of Eluria".
The only story I didn't much like was "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French". It wasn't horrible, just didn't do it for me.
"The Death of Ja...more
Maybe the most prolific, influential writer of our times, his name synonymous with the "horror" genre, Stephen King gives us here his sixth (depending how you count a couple of his books) collection of short stories, a medium for which he makes an impassioned plea in an introductory essay. Of the 14 tales, half are under 30 pages, which will please the folks who like "one sitting" opportunities to finish something. The longest one, "...more
To be honest I only read 13 out of the 14 offerings in Everything's Eventual - I have no interest in The Dark Tower and so skipped...more
So, let's apply the formula to EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL. The star values for the 14 chapters are, in the order they appear: 5, 3, 1, 1, 4, 2, 1, 3, 4, 4, 3, 5, 3, and 2. The total is 41, and the average 2.9285714. OK, ok - we'll call it 3.
The two five-stars in the lot belong to "Autopsy Room 4" and "1408". In the former, a golfer...more
Here is the plot summary:
This story is about a man named Mike Enslin who checks into room 1408 of the Dolphin Hotel. Mike’s an author who is currently working on a book titled, “Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses.” Olin, the manager of the Dolphin, tries to convince Enslin to not check into room 1408, telling him that there have been 12 suicides and at least 30 “natural deaths.” Coincidences, Mike tells the manager, but secretly he’s a little disturbed. However...more
Here's some of my favorites in this collection:
"1408" - This tale of what could be termed a haunted hotel...more
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"Eighteen! This is now eighteen! Take cover when the siren sounds! This is four! Four!"
"Five! This is five! Ignore the siren! Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room! Eight! This is eight!"
"Six!' the phone screamed. 'Six, this is six, this is goddam fucking SIX!”