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Just After Sunset

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  28,037 ratings  ·  1,680 reviews
Stephen King -- who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies -- delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago.

As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2008)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This was kinda hit and miss for me. I'm not a true fan of short stories so maybe that's what it is. I mean's Stephen King.

The ones I did like:

The Gingerbread Girl- A woman runner tangles with a very bad man.
Harvey's Dream-short but chilling..thinking that dreams do come true.
Rest Stop-I know this one has been done before but I liked it. Then in the final chapter when King explains his reasons behind the story it made me like this one even more.
The NY Times at Special Discount rates-I
There are two "eras" of Stephen King: before and after he got clean and sober. Like quite a few of his fans, some of my favorite King novels are the ones he wrote during his coke-fiend days, when he was just writing whatever crazy shit ran amok through his booze-addled brain. Even back then, his stories were coherent and compellingly written, if sloppy at times and sometimes giving the impression of a train about to go off its rails at any moment. But I really like the old King classics.

That is
Heena P.
Just After Sunset is a collection of 13 short stories. Some of the stories in this book are excellent whereas some are not that good and some are just a waste of time. Stephen King explores the deep and dark corners of one's mind in these 13 unusual stories.

My favourite one is story #8: 'N.' It's really creepy and I totally freaked out. This story begins and ends with a letter and at the end you really feel helpless as you know what's going to happen. This story still gives me goosebumps. It's
Arun Divakar
A significant portion of my 'free' time outside the book is on the internet. Needless to say, Facebook is the main culprit there. The best part of Facebook to me has always been the outstanding quotes & images shared by my friends. Why this diversion here in this review you might wonder ! Here is why :

A good life must be like a good short story. A solid beginning, interesting characters, strong setup, suspenseful episodes, pleasant twists, fulfilling resolution and the end shouldn't really
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I'm giving this book four stars with one exclusion, to be discussed later in the review. Overall, a great, versatile collection. Over the years King has moved away from monsters and vampires and gore and moved into the realm of psychological boogie men and supernatural possibilities. Some of these stories don't have anything otherworldly in them at all. Just regular old human beings are scary enough.

I really liked:

1)Mute: Real life horror with nothing supernatural, and very believable. Outstandi
Just After Sunset is Stephen King's latest collection of short stories, containing a hodge podge of different tales that with one exception had been previously published in various magazines or anthologies. I've liked Stephen King's similar works in the past, despite the fact that some of his so-called short stories have clocked in at novella or even full novel length. This collection, however, contains relatively short works that can all be easily read in one sitting. Unfortunately I didn't car ...more
I love Stephen King stories. There are lots of authors I read, but few that I am as eager to consume as any new work by King (Elizabeth George is a close second). Any new offering by King is a cause for celebration for me.

"Just After Sunset" is King's latest collection of short stories, written over a period of about two years. Thematically, several of the stories look at what happens to us in the moments and years after we shuffle off this mortal coil and several of them are heavily impacted by
Richard Vialet
I've heard so many people critique Stephen King by saying that his books are always long and he needs editing. That boggles my brain, because to me he seems to be one of the only mainstream authors that consistently releases great short stories, short novels, and novellas. And this book once again proves that he's one of the top dogs of the short fiction format.

This might actually be one of my favorite Stephen King short story collections (and yes I've pretty much read all of them)! This is his
Willa-2 stars-Not very interesting
The Gingerbread Girl-5 stars-Amazing! Really suspenseful and lots of fun to read
Harvey's Dream-1 star-Total waste of time IMO
Rest Stop-1 star-Another story that wasn't worth the time. It wasn't even interesting
Stationary Bike-5 stars-Really good and scary.
The Things They Left Behind-4 stars-had some unanswered questions and was a little slow paced, but overall a good story
Graduation Afternoon-3 stars-Interesting even though it was pointless and dull
N.-4 stars-Re
Aug 20, 2013 Bill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
I'm reading this collection in bite-sized pieces, between novels every now and then. I'll review each story as I read them.

Since I need to rate this to have it saved, I'm setting the bar at 3 stars for now.

Willa: This was okay, there wasn't much of a storyline, but King creates an eerie sense of place with this one. 3 stars.

The Gingerbread Girl: A fairly longer short story, but it sure doesn't feel that way. King ratches the suspense meter up to full with this one. 4 stars

Harvey's Dream: Read th
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Jan 05, 2009 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Donna S
Warning! This review will be incredibly long because I find it impossible to review a collection of short stories without reviewing each story. Feel free to move along.

Overall, this was not a typical Stephen King short story collection. His short stories generally give me nightmares. There were a few horror stories in here, but really he was exploring the post-9/11 world, grief, loss, and the afterlife. Some of his efforts were more successful than others, but the ones that worked really worked
This scrumptious lil' candy box of nasty short story surprises is vintage King, each darkly delicious tale accompanied by a ghost ("Willa"), serial killer ("The Gingerbread Girl") or demonic being ("The Cat from Hell"), and all with a chewy moral center. Almost all of these 13 tales have been previously published, but my favorite might be the only one original to the collection, "N.", a story of a psychiatrist who comes to believe that his obsessive compulsive patient really IS the guardian of t ...more
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Unabridged on 13 CD’s (15 hours)

Warning. This review is going to be long. There are a lot of stories in this collection and I took notes on all of them for once in my life. None though, except for The Cat from Hell, are what I’d consider pure horror but most have some sort of haunting, chilling or suspenseful survival elements. All have King’s swell characterization and because of the short format none venture too far into long-winded territory). The narrators all do a fantastic job of breathing
Bryce Wilson
More of a 3.5 a lot of the stories are kind of standard, but the ones that connect really knock it out of the park and even the more average have at least a few memorable moments. Still even in an average collection like this, so few authors write short story collections (that sell anyway) that I can’t help but be grateful that King keeps doing them.


-The Gingerbread Girl a taught thiller.

-The Thing’s They Left Behind, a surprisingly sensitive well done look at 9/11 and it’s accompanying angs
"Willa" -- I wasn't really expecting such a sweet ghost story from King... 11/3/2010

"The Gingerbread Girl" -- Can't catch me. Good for her. 11/18/2010

"Harvey's Dream" -- almost every SF/F/H author I've ever read has had SOME variation on this -- and this may be the second from King. He did an excellent job of having it be from the POV of the wife as told to her by her husband. 2/20/11

"Rest Stop" -- kinda makes you wonder what you'd do in the same situation. Most people would not have gotten invo
King si fa in tredici

Dare un voto omogeneo all’intera raccolta è arduo, per cui tenterò di commentare individualmente ciascuno dei racconti, nei limiti della sinteticità e tentando di travalicare la barriera d’indifferenza che alcuni mi hanno eretto contro. In certi d’essi King è riuscito nel suo intento, ossia di tenere svegli per un po’ dopo aver spento la luce.
In ogni caso, sorvolando sulla perversa edizione della Sperling, che volume dopo volume peggiora come traduzioni (scusa, Dobner, ma qu
Stefan Yates
While I did enjoy this collection overall and it does contain a couple of gems (N,The Things They Left Behind, The Gingerbread Girl) this wasn't King's strongest collection of tales. The one thing that it does have going for it over some of his better collections is that there weren't any that I would consider stinkers. For the most part, the stories contained here were all average to above-average short stories but nothing that REALLY wowed me. It's definitely a worthwhile read though and as I ...more
Vera Hannaford
Although I have read many Stephen King novels, it's the short stories that I enjoy the most. At first read, the tales in Just After Sunset aren't all the frightening, but they have a Night Gallery/Twilight Zonesque way of creeping into one's psyche.

I ended up liking all of the stories, but the one's that really made me think were "The Things They Left Behind", "N", and "Graduation Afternoon."

I found "A Very Tight Place" and "The Cat from Hell." delightfully gross, but the story that will stay wi
Nice collection of stories that are some of King's recent better efforts. Some really creepy and gross ones blananced with a few that are genuinely touching.
Overall 3.5 stars

1. Willa, 3 stars
2. The Gingerbread Girl, 4 stars
3. Harvey's Dream, 4 stars
4. Rest Stop, 4 stars
5. Stationary Bike, 3 stars
6. The Things They Left Behind, 3 stars
7. Graduation Afternoon, 4 stars
8. N., 3 stars
9. The Cat From Hell, 4 stars. Too funny! I hate cats!
10. The NY Times at Special Bargain Rates, 3 stars
11. Mute, 4 stars
12. Ayana, 3 stars
13. A Very Tight Place, 4 stars
G.H. Monroe
Reviewing short story collections is a bit of a challenge because you COULD do one little review for each story. My mind, with it's compromised short term memory, isn't built for that. So I offer you this general review with a few stories picked out for praise or criticism. Just After Sunset is comprised of thirteen short stories from Stephen King. I find myself able to make one general observation about these stories and that is this, I have heard King criticized more than once for his endings. ...more
Read this book in under 12 hours. I Love Stephen King short stories and this one does not disappoint. The Stationary Bike was my favorite in this collection and it is pure King - Great imagery & dialogue and an idea that could have only come from his head.
Nick Iuppa
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Dear Stephen,

For Christ sakes, hand in the towel. You keep going on like this, you'll ruin your legacy. I've read practically everything you've written, and you're killing me with this rubbish. As your 'number one fan' i feel it my duty to inform you that you are losing your magic. Duma key was excellent, don't get me wrong, but what made that good was it was an epic read. That ghost story... I was so bored i hoped they were dead so it would end.

I know you're big on Maine (who doesn't) and i di
So far, of the first five stories I have read I disliked 2 of them. I didn't like the 10 page story about the dream Harvey had...I kept waiting to find out his wife was really a ghost or something but it was just stupid. I also thought "Stationary Bike" was alittle boring. It got okay toward the last 10 pages of it, but honestly, I just didn't like it. "Willa" I enjoyed a lot. "The Gingerbread Girl" was very good and suspenseful. I also liked "Rest Stop" and I could see King being John Dykstra a ...more
Will Byrnes
This is an interesting mix. I found that for some of the stories there was a been-there-done-that feel. In another, my favorite in the collection, a nuclear bomb in NYC tale, I felt as if King had been peeking in at dreams I have had myself. His 9/11 story had a very welcome gentle touch. In another a dark reality strives to pop through into our real world, being held back only by the OCD activities of a series of unfortunates. I thought it was a tribute to H. P. Lovecraft, particularly given th ...more
Nov 25, 2008 Anderse rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people w. a high Stephen King threshold
One story in so far and while it is a good short story as I expected it would be, his overuse of favorite phrases grates on my nerves.
"It's not the heat, it's the humidity" appears in probably at least 3 other SK stories/novels. Pretty sure it's in The Mist and I *know* it's in Rainy Season - so I rounded up to a probable 3. Stephen King math is fun!
At least he's not using expletives as shock words so far.

More repeated phrases throughout that are noticeable to me because I've read
Sam Quixote
I'm a big fan of King and short stories so I really wanted to like this. Unfortunately there were only a handful, about 4, I liked out of the 13 available. There was just too much cheese to really recommend this as a great short story collection. One story was about two ghosts who don't realise they're ghosts until the end, another was a bad pastiche of an Arthur Machen story, and another was about a possessed cat.

There were some good ones here though. "Mute" features a recently cuckholded trav
Although none of the stories in this collection would be in my “Greatest Horror Short Stories of All Time” list, there are enough solid, entertaining and creepy yarns in here to make it a worthwhile read. I remember a piece once (by S.T. Joshi perhaps?) which posited the view that King isn’t a great novelist, instead his literary legacy will be his excellent short stories. There‘s not many in this collection which would really support that thesis (certainly not when compared to the best of King’ ...more
Jess Michaelangelo
Okay, so this is exactly what I love about Stephen King, and this just goes to show why Stephen King is so much more than a "popular fiction" writer. He embraces different topics, different story styles, and even different mediums. The edition of this book that I read included "N" on DVD. It's genius--a whole new genre in itself. Stephen King writes so realistically, too. He can take your average Joe walking down the street, write a troy about him, and make it brilliant. His characters are peopl ...more
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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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