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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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A collection of stories, 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 ebook, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

“Riding the Bullet,” published here on paper for the first time, is the s
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Gallery Books (first published March 19th 2002)
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"Yet for me, there are few pleasures so excellent as sitting in my favorite chair on a cold night with a hot cup of tea, listening to the wind outside and reading a good story which I can complete in a single sitting."
Stephen King, from his introduction

I genuinely looked forward to reading one of these tales each day, and that's the highest praise I can give a collection of short stories.
Edward Lorn
As with all of Stephen King’s collections, I’m giving each story a one-sentence review. Before we begin, I would like to say a few things that have little to do with this book’s contents. If you do not care for personal stories in reviews, you should take this chance to move along, or you may scroll past the next few paragraphs. But I hope you’ll join me. Maybe my story will help someone who doesn’t know they need help.

While listening to this one (I chose the audiobook for this reread), I tried
May 29, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always amazed at how varied his subjects can be. He is certainly not "just" a horror writer.


Introduction 5 stars. I love King and when he is brutally honest (when is he not?) I love him all the more.

Autopsy Room 4 4 stars I've actually seen the AHP episode that inspired this and Cotton was amazing. I love that only King could mention Michael Bolton and then bring up the fact that Percy is probably rolling in his grave at Bolton's rendition of "When a Man Loves a Woman". This story is
Christian Guzman
There’s no doubt that Stephen King is great at writing short stories. Not all of the ones that were in this book were appealing to me, but several were. A couple of them were creepy in my opinion, so it may not be a wise idea to read them at night. My favorite ones were: Autopsy Room Four, The Man in the Black Suit, Everything’s Eventual, L.T’s Theory of Pets, and The Road Virus Heads North. I only disliked a few, but not because they were bad, they just did not catch my attention. One of the th ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Dec 21, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it liked it
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... and I'll say it again. Steve King is a fantastic storyteller, and very few of his stories have actually bored me. It is the same with this collection.

That said, very few of the stories here are actually frightening. Some give a mild sense of unease, that's all. However, almost all of them are readable and most are highly enjoyable.

My personal favourites were That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French, In the Deathroom and Ri
Mayra Sigwalt
Jul 21, 2016 Mayra Sigwalt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Acho que esse livro, além de ter uma coletânea de histórias bacanas (algumas muito boas, outras ok), é um bom vislumbre do que o Stephen King é capaz. E a meu ver funcionou pra ele assim também. Como testes, como se ele se perguntasse "que tipo de histórias as pessoas não esperam que eu escreva?". Então é muito legal ver essa gama de possibilidades. Às vezes dá certo, às vezes não dá. É interessante ver ele explorar vários tipos de medos, coisas que vc nunca tinha pensado antes. Acredito que com ...more
Joana Catarina
Oct 24, 2015 Joana Catarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Primeiro contacto que tive com contos do autor e adorei a experiência! Ando a apreciar cada vez mais a leitura de contos porque muitas vezes estou demasiado cansada para me investir num romance de 300 páginas e os contos acabam por ser algo mais leve, embora o conteúdo destes de Stephen King não o seja de todo mas vocês percebem!

Claro que gostei mais de uns do que de outros, mas no geral dou 4 estrelas ao livro. A capacidade que o autor tem para contar histórias foi sem dúvida o ponto mais posit
Nov 28, 2008 Walt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with open minds who love horror and loudness.
Recommended to Walt by: Brian Osborne
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Dave Moore
Nov 14, 2012 Dave Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniel Clausen
Sep 14, 2016 Daniel Clausen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me be clear, Mr. King. You earned this one fair and square. You had to win a skeptic over and you did.

I've always thought of you as the Nicholas Cage of writing. Try enough random stuff regularly without hesitation and at least some of your stuff will be pretty good. But try enough random stuff and you're sure to come up with some very bad writing as well.

There is also another dark secret -- some of this variability occurs in the same book. They might start off well enough, get really good
This was a nice read, but not what I'd call very entertaining. I know for sure that the first half was better than the second one. While I met some very favourite short stories, it was full of duds. But the thing is, even the bad books aren't so horrible. So I think I recommend this. I think I definitely do.

Autopsy Room Four: This one's a five star for me. I've never been entertained by such a short story before.

The Man In The Black Suit: That's more like 2.5 instead of 3 stars. It wasn't
A strong collections of stories. I liked it better than both Bazaar and Sunset. King has such a firm grasp on the Voice and Tone of his characters. My favorites were those stories told in the first person: "The Man in the Black Suit", "Everything's Eventual", "Lunch at the Gotham Café", and "Riding the Bullet". I was surprised by "The Little Sisters of Eluria" which has a sort of sword and sorcery feel to it that I really liked.
Wayne Barrett
"Any fool who can pucker is apt to whistle past the graveyard."

There were times when this book felt more like a trip through the Twilight Zone with Rod Sterling than the usual horror I expect from King (although there was still plenty of that as well).
Stephen has really showed his mastery of the short story in this collection. They say fiction is stranger than truth and there are times when King (and I see the little smirk on his face) seems to imply that what he is giving us is just a make bel
Oct 03, 2010 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hace muchos años que leí los otros libros de relatos de King, pero creo que eran mejores, al menos ese es el recuerdo que tengo.

Hay algunos momentos que me han gustado mucho, pero en general los relatos no me han enganchado como en otras ocasiones.
Jonathan Janz
May 21, 2013 Jonathan Janz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*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
Ben Charette
Jan 23, 2012 Ben Charette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 09, 2014 Alissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jun 29, 2015 Sergei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know, S.King has a rich imagination, and he is a master. He knows how to tell stories. This collection is captivating. Not that I liked every story, naturally, that's why I gave it 4 stars.
And these I liked the most:

Autopsy Room Four
The Man in the Black Suit (a horrific tale, convincing in every detail)
Everything's Eventual
Riding the Bullet
Thomas Strömquist
"Really liked 12 of the 14 tales herein and that must qualify for a grade of 4, right? Good mix of chillers and with some slashers as well. Is it me or is SK writing for a more adult audience now? Could be that I focused on different aspects of his work in my late teens and early 20ies I guess..."
Autopsia 4: 4,5/5
L'uomo vestito di nero:3+/5
Tutto ciò che ami ti sarà portato via: 2/5
La morte di Jack Hamilton: 2/5
La camera della morte: NC
Le piccole sorelle di Eluria: 4/5
Tutto è fatidico 2/5
La teoria degli animali di L.T.: 2,5\5
Il Virus della Strada va a nord: 4+/5
Pranzo al "Gotham Cafe": 3\5
Quella sensazione che puoi dire soltanto in francese: 3,5/5
1408: 1\5
Riding the bullet- Passaggio per il nulla: 4,5/5
La moneta portafortuna: 2,5/5

Pur avendo attribuito tre stelline come a Incubi e deliri,
Sep 25, 2016 Shaun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I thought this was better than Stephen's previous collection of short stories. Having read Nightmares and Dreamscapes only just a few years back, it was fun to see the development in King's writing, proof that even the good can get better.

Of course, these stories were written at various times over the course of a decade.

Wish he wrote more short stories.
Rebecca McNutt

Including the eerie story 1408, this anthology of short thriller stories is one of King's best. It took me a while to appreciate 1408 (I believe I gave it 2 stars on a separate review), but each of these stories has their charms and each one has a deep message behind the horror.
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
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Autopsy Room 4

The Man in Black

All the You Love will be Carried Away

The Death of Jack Hamilton

In the Deathroom

The Little Sisters of Eluria

Everything's Eventual

L.T.'s Theory of Pets

The Road Virus Heads North

Lunch at the Gotham Cafe

That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French


Riding the Bullet

Luckey Quarter
Adam Light
King is one of the masters of the short form. Nuff said.
 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.
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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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