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The Man in the Black Suit: 4 Dark Tales

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  931 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews


The Man in the Black Suit read by John Cullum

"...the face of the man in the black suit grows ever clearer, ever closer, and I remember every word he said. I don't want to think of him, but I can't help it, and sometimes at night my old heart beats so hard and so fast I think it will tear itself right cl
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Published November 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 1994)
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Aug 08, 2016 Steph rated it liked it
This is my first foray into Stephen King it was quite good but I got confused a bit at The last story. It's quite awesome though how he can have really distinctive voices for each character. These art that scary or creepy but still good. They are really suspenseful I would say and more psychological
Apr 23, 2010 Kandice rated it liked it
I've read each of these four stories in other places, so they weren't new to me, which is why I audio-ed them. I liked the way each story had it's own CD, despite their varying lengths. They each a different reader as well, so this felt a bit like a "book buffet".

The Man In The Black Suit

This was not one of my favorites by King. It felt as if someone else actually wrote it. I had no problem with the idea itself, and actually found it more believable ending the way it did than if he had ended it
Greg Strandberg
Jun 18, 2016 Greg Strandberg rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror, audio-books
I found this collection of short stories to be quite slow.

The first is probably the longest and I listened to about half of it. I just couldn't get into it. After that I went to the last story, which was about marriage problems told from the point of view of the wife. I again listened to about half of this before losing interest.

After that I went to the third story, "The Death of Jack Hamilton." This is told from the perspective of a Dillinger Gang member in the 30s. I got more than halfway thro
Katie Kenig
Dec 30, 2015 Katie Kenig rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Overall Average: 4.5/5 stars

“What you write down sometimes leaves you forever, like old photographs left in the bright sun, fading to nothing but white. I pray for that sort of release.”

Technically, this is a re-read, because I've read these four tales previously, in the other anthologies they were a part of. But I love short fiction, especially by King, and this was just the thing to fill some after - Christmas empty time. These four tales are creepy and fun, and if you are looking for an enter
Jun 19, 2009 Alicia rated it really liked it
All 4 of these were great short chillers. The last 1 really got me b/c it hit on some deep seeded Catholic teachings about purgatory which tends to twist my gut (which is what made it so incredible b/c it really got to me).
Michelle Only Wants to Read
Four short stories.
The one I liked the best was "The Man in the Black Suit."
The other ones were alright for me. Nothing too exciting.
Amanda Burch
Jul 08, 2010 Amanda Burch rated it liked it
Something about this short story makes it impossible to forget. It's very creative.
Kelly Koepke
Nov 02, 2016 Kelly Koepke rated it really liked it
Short stories, of course they were good, Stephen King wrote them.
Nov 12, 2016 Aixa rated it liked it
Solo lei el primero de los cuentos.
Dec 29, 2016 Greg rated it liked it
Audiobook - read only the Stephen king story
Sep 19, 2016 L.C. rated it it was amazing
Spoiler alert.

My favorite story of this collection is probably the third story - about John Dillinger. There are sublime moments that can be overdone in stories, but it wasn't in this one. When the narrator is able to attach strings to the flies so that little white strings are flying all around the room and John Dillinger walks on his hands for their dying friend, Jack, it hits the right note of sad, funny, sweet, and painful.

The second story ends with a man deciding that his two choices are ei
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 10, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, horror
The first story “The Man In The Black Suit” tells a dark edged tale laced with grief and centers around a young boy and his fear of losing his Mom. Out fishing one day a 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" about a suicidal traveling salesman with a quirky habit of
Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven)
Stephen King’s 2002 anthology, Everything’s Eventual, had a total of 14 stories. The four stories collected in this audiobook release represent the best of the bunch, so kudos to whoever chose them. Having said that, you’d have to be pretty silly to buy The Man In The Black Suit, 4 Dark Tales because Recorded Books published a collection containing these same four stories, plus one more. Strange but true. All together, there are no less than five audiobook releases containing stories from Ever ...more
Tom Donaghey
Jul 06, 2014 Tom Donaghey rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense, horror
Imagine you are swept through time and dropped onto a seat in the bleachers at a baseball game. From the look of the crowd you get the feeling you are somewhere in the 1920s or 30s. The game has already started and there is an overweight batter stepping to the plate. The crowd is going crazy and you don’t know why until you learn the batter’s name. George Herman Ruth, “The Babe” is stepping into the batter’s box and you know one of you most fond hearts desires is coming to fruition: you will ge ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Benjamin added it
Shelves: audiobook
The Man in the Black Suit reprints four stories that were collected in Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales: "The Man in the Black Suit," "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away," "The Death of Jack Hamilton," and "That Feeling, You Can Only Say It In French." Like all Stephen King (that I've read), they are well-told, minutely observed, occasionally loose and baggy, and horrific in one way or another.

Two of the stories touch on the unnatural: "The Man in the Black Suit" involves an old man's r
E Wilson
Aug 24, 2014 E Wilson rated it really liked it

I haven't read everything Stephen King has written, but I've
read a lot. I have always enjoyed his short stories more than his
novels. These four were a good variety.

The Man in the Black Suit was my least favorite. He's done
little kids being scared by some sort of boogey man and even though this one is the devil himself, it wasn't that memorable.

In Everything you Love Will Be Taken Away everything was so
ordinary and so familiar-the chain motel, walking across a cold
snowy parking lot, and like
Dec 30, 2013 John rated it liked it
Listened to this a few weeks is kind of perfect for a weekend car trip, just four stories and not that many discs. I really liked the first story, "The Man in the Black Suit." That one had just the right, familiar, King-ish tone. I also liked "The Feeling You Can Only Say What it is in French." It wasn't as good as the first one, but it was pleasantly creepy and elements of it linger in the brain. The other two stories were kind of so so...the one about the hitchhiking guy I liked ok, b ...more
Jun 25, 2014 Alison rated it really liked it
I had read "The Man in the Black Suit" in print a few months ago and then found out that there is an audiobook. "The Man in the Black Suit" is definitely the scariest of the four stories. An elderly man is writing in his granddaughter's journal about a time when he was a little boy and went fishing. He meets the devil down by the creek and the description is so vivid and horrific you can almost smell the fish burning in the oven that is the devil's mouth. These stories are by far some of the str ...more
Kaitlin J
Jan 20, 2009 Kaitlin J rated it it was amazing
The story "The Man in the Black Suit" is a dark tale. it starts out with a young boy named Gary doing chores at home. Once he is done, he is allowed to go fishing if he does not pass a certain part on the river. while fishing, Gary falls asleep and awakes to a man saving him by killing a bee near him that he has an allergy to. This strange man seems to have something peculiar about him. The man begins telling Gary terrible things, such as his mother is now dead. The book goes into such detail th ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
4 Stories from Everything's Eventual.
1] The Man in the Black Suit - Told by a 90 year old man reminiscing about one afternoon when he was 9 years old. Fairly creepy and an OK story, but nothing to write goodreads about.
2] All that You Love Carried Away - A travelling salesman contemplating suicide and the fate of his "diary". Not my favorite.
3] That Feeling, You Can Only Say in French - A 50-something couple off to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on a Florida vacation encounters a bit
2.5 with a round up because I really enjoyed one of the stories. Like all collections this one is a mixed bag. Of the four tales I thought "the Death of Jack Hamilton" was good, "the Man in the Black Suit" was in the okay range, but that "That Feeling you can only express in French" and "In the End Everything Goes Away" were only so-so. As I've found with most King, I was less interested in the thrills, chills, and gross-out stories that felt like some of his early work, and more interested in t ...more
Oct 31, 2014 Meg rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
The Death of Jack Hamilton is one of the best stories I've ever listened to. Atypical for King in its grounding in reality, it still demonstrates his seemingly endless ability to lock you into his chatacters' world. I could say it was Howard's pitchperfect reading that did this, but I've read too much King to make myself believe it. That said, Howard's characterization of the first person was brilliant.
Jun 09, 2008 Donald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, shorts
'The Death of Jack Hamilton' is probably the best written piece in this collection. 'All That You Love Will Be Carried Away' is the psycological single person delving. 'That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French', is a case of 'Pete and Repeat'.

And that leaves 'The Man in the Black Suit', which is kid horror told by an old man.

I liked all the selections here, corn and all. There are enough quirks of greatness salted throughout that get you to a sidelong smirk and a nod...
Mar 28, 2014 Sol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is one of my favorite if not the favorite (I am an indecisive person, can you tell?) novella from Stephen King. I mean his writing is so well done to the point that King has me believing that these characters truly breathe the same air I do. So much so that I worried for the safety of anyone that was put or said to be put in danger. The Man in the Black Suite was a wonderfully terrifying Monster that I hope to never encounter in this world (unless it is to reread the novella).
Apr 22, 2012 Scott rated it it was ok
Fairly poor set of tales from King's "Everything's Eventual" short story collection. Of the four, the first - "The Man in the Black Suit" - is the most effective, albeit far from King's best. The other four range from mediocre to bad. King's done way better, stick with "Blood & Smoke" for a much better sampling from "Everything's Eventual."
Iain Hamilton
Jun 21, 2013 Iain Hamilton rated it liked it
Good compilation although patchy in places.

On the titular The Man In The Black Suit itself I would merely add that it's a grower! I wasn't too impressed the first time, but came back to it a few more times and got something new each time. Proof that good stories can cope with re-telling.
May 07, 2008 Donna rated it did not like it
I've heard great things about Stephen King so I figured I'd pick up this audio book from the library. Bad, bad, bad move. The stories were boring and pointless. It's very rare for me to not see books through to the end but after two bad stories, I cut my losses and didn't even finish the rest. Don't waste your time.
Nov 19, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this collection of four tales by Stephen King which was about 3 1/2 hours of an audiobook I downloaded from the Dayton public libraries digital collection to my phone. I especially enjoyed the third story about the Dillinger gang in the early 1900s. These were interesting and enthralling stories which kept me driving this past week.
The first tale was the best in this collection and I enjoyed (is that the right word for it)- it's a tale about a very depressed man. Strange listening to these dark tales a few weeks before Christmas.
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Awesome, awesome, awesome story of a boy and the boogeyman. In my mind, I can totally understand how the boy in this story felt.

scare factor = 7
plot = 8
characters = 8 (my fave of course, is the boy)

Again, I recommend this to those who are looking for a short, scary read.
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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