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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  51,626 ratings  ·  1,232 reviews
The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and "Riding the Bullet," King's original e-book, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story o ...more
Kindle Edition, 608 pages
Published March 2002 by Scribner (first published January 1st 2002)
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Nov 28, 2008 Walt rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with open minds who love horror and loudness.
Recommended to Walt by: Brian Osborne
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Dave Moore
I kept picking this up & reading a tale or two at a time. Each time I did this, I was struck by the way in which King brings a certain quality to his writing that just plain makes him better than most. He brings a certain assumption of the intelligence of his readers and gives us credit for being able to pick up the dark humor, the allusions, and the ironies he weaves. He has a unique ability to construct setting and characters so quickly and seamlessly that we have an instant picture in ou ...more
I haven't read much King, this is actually only the second book I've read by him (the first being Gunslinger). I've always wanted to get into him though, and I think this was the perfect book to start with. Fourteen short stories, a King smorgasbord, so to speak. Some I loved, some I just liked, some just weren't my thing - but overall it was a great collection. Every one was well written, and even if a story wasn't my favorite, I still found myself enjoying it. Highly recommended, and I'll defi ...more
Ben Charette
This being my first short story collection by Mr. King, I will score each story individually, and average them together (for those of you who aren't keen with math, that means I'll add them up and divide by the number of stories - in this case fourteen). In order:
(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
I've been reading a story or two at a time from this collection on nights when I want a little King and I can't get to sleep when I would like to. King has the tendency to be able to take you away from your circumstances, whatever they might be, even for a little while. Whether it's with his short stories or what some Constant Reader's call his “door-stopper” novels, King pulls you in and makes you care about the characters he's drawn. With some writers the characters aren't much more than words ...more
Yet another example of why I love Stephen King. Every story in this book was great. King's ability to write like he's speaking only to YOU is one of my favorite things about him. You get the feeling that he's telling you a secret, letting you in on some amazing observation of life, without him needing to spell every D-E-T-A-I-L out in big bold block letters. But that's not to say that this isn't detailed - his work always is. It's just not condescendingly detailed. You may think that he is verbo ...more
Robert Beveridge
Stephen King, Everything's Eventual (Scribner, 2002)

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
Franco  Santos
Buen libro de relatos de King. Muchos son malos, sin embargo hay cuales son buenos.

Los que más me agradaron son Sala de Autopsias Número 4, que es el primer cuento y, para mí, el mejor. Otro que me gustó mucho es Las Hermanitas de Eluria; fue muy lindo reencontrarme con Roland. Ideal para fanáticos de la saga de La Torre Oscura. Montando en la Bala, historia que había leído antes, tambien es muy buena.

Por el otro lado, La Moneda de la Suerte no sé si no lo entendí o qué, pero me pareció malísim
Jonathan Janz
*This review was originally published on my blog ( and focuses on the story "The Road Virus Heads North" (though I've read the whole collection and certainly believe it's worthy of five stars). Here's the link:

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 "T
 Linda (Miss Greedybooks)
Stephen King can describe things so that you can see them, smell them, taste them as he would have you know exactly what he is telling you. Great stories.
I have seriously come to wish for a book of King's that I don't like. Really now, my obsession reaches higher measures with every freaking page.

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
Awesome re-read. This might have even been better the second time around. Actually, I've read several of the stories more than that, from other collections or audiobooks or whatnot.

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
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Jan 02, 2009 I.haveanidea rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Autopsy Room 4: Hilarious, and really well written. But...just hilarious.

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"
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to a few of these stories in audio format.

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
I can remember reading a critical appreciation of King once (Lord knows where, and Google ain't being much help this morning) that opined he was actually a stronger short story writer than a novelist. I'm not sure I'd entirely agree with that, but the very nature of the short story means that King avoids what I often find his biggest flaw - namely his long windedness.

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
Feb 09, 2011 Milan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Stephen King, horror fans
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My first thought after turning the last page: no afterword, Mr. King? I want an afterword!

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
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I really think that some of Stephen King's best writing is his short stories. They are like crack to me, once I start reading, I have to keep reading one after another. It's like he really knows how to pack a punch in fifty pages or so. Now as it goes with any short story collection, there were some I liked more than others. My favorites included: "The Little Sisters of Eluria" (hello Dark Tower!), "Everything's Eventual," "The Road Virus Heads North," ...more
Yeah, finally found a copy at Booksale. WooHooo :)

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
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Stephen King's short stories are always scarier to me than his novels. He leaves just enough unsaid for my imagination to take over and then I'm jumpy for days.
An absolute must read. This book is a compilation of 14 short-stories written by Steve. There are a few stories that are good one-timers, but there's also a few that I find myself reading over and over again. My favorites are "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe" and "The man in the Black Suit." Steve won an award for the latter, which deals with a young boy who goes fishing in a creek out in the woods and has an encounter with the embodiment of evil. The man appears from the deep, dirty woods, but as the ...more
I am of the opinion that no author alive better understands the complexities of horror like Stephen King. His understanding of what terrifies us transcends conventional horrors like monsters and murderers. His story, "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" is about a married woman on a car ride repeating a gruesome event over and over again. It is implied in this story that the wife and her husband have been killed and are suffering eternal torment. It is essentially the myth of Si ...more
Michelle Plass
I love the way King choose the order of the stories in the book, by using a deck of cards. It gave the book a nice mix between all the different stories that were in here.

My favorites:

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
Brett Starr
A great collection of Stephen King's short stories!

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
Three and a half stars, really.

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
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
3 1/2

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
Slater Jacky
Right from the get-go, I assumed this would be a great book. Stephen King has an excellent talent for pulling readers in and keeping them hungry for more. I found this book very versatile with the fourteen different short stories, which kept me on my feet and not quite able to predict what would happen next (which might have made the stories even better). The stories ranged from quite simple (Luckey Quarter) to gruesome and rich with horror (Lunch at the Gotham Café), the latter being more of wh ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
One of the most truest statements SK has ever written...

"A cat can't be a hypocrite. If a cat likes you, you know. If she doesn't, you know that, too."

Another great book packed with excellent short stories!
There were a few a stories that I didn't like but since there were 14, and I loved most of them, therefore 5 stars.

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.
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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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