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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 p ...more
ebook, 384 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 dang..it'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
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David
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Jamie
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
Michael
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
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Victor
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
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Bill
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
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
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
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Jennifer
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
Fahad
بعيد الغروب

تمنيت أن أجد في هذه المجموعة بعض قصص الرعب أو قصص ما وراء الطبيعة الجيدة، شيء يعيد لي وهج قراءات المراهقة، عندما كانت تنحبس أنفاسي رعباً أو إثارة، ولكن للأسف بالكاد استطعت قراءة القصتين الأوليين، بالأصح أجبرت نفسي على قراءتهما، ومع الترجمة الرديئة، صار هذا الكتاب مضيعة للوقت لا أكثر.
Bark's Book Nonsense
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
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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.

+’s

-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
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Kandice
3/15/15

Let me start by saying I was just going to read the introduction and the Sunset Notes, but you know what they say about good intentions...609 pages later!

Willa - Not my favorite story in the collection, but creepy. Even though his was my umpteenth re-read, I still felt a bit confused at first. King can do that to you.

The Gingerbread Girl - I've always loved this story. Emily is such a strong woman and that's what this story is really about. It's about her remembering how strong she is and
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Rob
3.5 stars.

It was Cujo that got me hooked on Stephen King, but it was the stories that ensured I stuck around for the long haul. At the time I got into him, 1986, his bibliography was a lot less intimidating than it is now, and it represented most of the books we consider to be his classics (Carrie, Pet Sematary, The Shining, Christine, The Stand, and so on). But alongside those canonical horror novels were four collections of absolutely first-rate short fiction: Night Shift, Skeleton Crew, Diffe
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Kemper
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.
Susan
"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
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Sakura87
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
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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
Jess
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
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
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Lisa M.
I do not have a relationship with my family (long story that is irrelevant to this review.) For those of us without such relationships, we know that it is only natural that other people take on familial roles in our lives. My new "mom" is a coworker. She knew I love Stephen King and purchased this for me for my birthday. I was very moved.

I was also very happy about it! I have only read one other short story collection by King, "Night Shift." I enjoyed that collection overall, but found that the
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Franco  Santos
Buena recopilación de relatos. Algunos son buenos, otros no tanto. Hay uno en particular que no lo pude terminar; creo que se llama La Bicicleta Estática. El que más me gustó sin dudas fue N; realmente buenísimo ese cuento. Creo que ya sólo por esa historia vale la compra de este libro. El Gato del Infierno también me cautivó. A mi parecer es el más escalofriante.

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Amo esto. Tómense un momento para leerlo:

La realidad es un misterio, doctor Bonsaint, y la textura corriente de las cosas es la tela
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Charmaine
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
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Damali
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
Naida
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.
Chrissa Vasileiou
Κάτι ξέρω εγώ που δεν είμαι φαν των διηγημάτων..Δεν προλαβαίνεις να τα χορτάσεις,μέχρι να μπεις στο κλίμα παφ! τελειώνουν...Κι ενώ από τον μετρ του τρόμου περιμένεις ένα βιβλίο που θα σε προβληματίσει,θα σε τρομάξει,θα σε κάνει να θέλεις να φας τα νύχια σου ως τη ρίζα,με τις "Ιστορίες του Λυκόφωτος" δεν το καταφέρνει..Δεν είναι καν "Ιστορίες του Καταμεσήμερου"! :P Το υπερφυσικό στοιχείο προσπαθεί να αναδυθεί στην επιφάνεια,αδύναμο.Τα καταφέρνει μεν,αλλά παραμένει εγκλωβισμένο στο χαρτί και δεν κ ...more
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