Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales
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EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL

Features the tale "1408," now a Dimension Films motion picture, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson.

Also inside is the blockbuster eBook "Riding the Bullet," the original audio story "In the Deathroom," plus eleven more boundary-pushing fiction masterworks that will keep you awake until daybreak.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Gallery Books (first published March 19th 2002)
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Martin Adil-Smith
I am a long time fan of Stephen King.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a frothing at the mouth fanboy, and sometimes he can be a bit hit and miss.

That said, this is my favourite collection of short stories (I don't count Four Past Midnight as short stories - that is my favourite collection of novellas), with the title tale being perhaps the most eery and inspiring scribbling I have read in many years.

And yet there are others. "Autopsy Room 4" is a quirky variant on the "locked in a tomb" favoured by v...more
Walt
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
SK can't help being SK. That includes profanity and poor taste. Often, it seems like it's trying fine cuisine at Denney's. Every once in a while, you'll find something that tastes excellent. Mostly it'll be when you are famished.

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
Dawn
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
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...more
Becky
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
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...more
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
Ana
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...more
Nelvi
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I.haveanidea
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"...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
F.R.
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...more
Milan
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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Gayane
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...more
Maryse
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...more
Jared
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
Leah
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...more
Jonathan Janz
*This review was originally published on my blog (http://jonathanjanz.com) 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: http://jonathanjanz.com/2011/10/08/th...

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
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...more
Bryce
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...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
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...more
Jess Michaelangelo
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
Owaiz
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.
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.
Chris
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...more
Elyse
Out of boredom one day, while sitting in the car waiting for my mom, I picked up the book she was currently reading. I was disappointed to find that it was Stephen King. I've never been a fan. I started reading it anyway. I got halfway through the first story, "Autopsy Room Four" before my mom returned and was surprised to find myself disappointed that I didn't get to finish it (I suffer horribly from motion sickness). Then, much to her surprise, I requested to borrow the book when she was finis...more
Jerry
King's vivid imagination > 14 tales that please and scare !

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
Peter
A 5-star dust cover: Perhaps I should read short story collections more often. They're easy to review; assign a score to each story, add 'em up, and determine the average.

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
Anna Lee
(Just reviewing the 1408 short story)

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
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