Just After Sunset
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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...more
Kindle Edition, 388 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Scribner (first published November 2008)
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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...more
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...more
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
Jeanette
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...more
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...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...more
Heena Rathore 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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.
Jennifer
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
Anderse
Nov 25, 2008 Anderse rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.

FINAL REVIEW:
More repeated phrases throughout that are noticeable to me because I've read...more
F.R.
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
Erin
Nov 21, 2008 Erin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of short stories
though i've read everything stephen king has ever written, i don't typically review his books. why? mainly because every reviewer in the world has something to say, and king is such a mainstream author that he's widely read without the benefit of my recommendation. either you're a fan of stephen king or you think he's overrated.

i am thrilled king has stepped back in to short stories. as an art form, short stories are dying... i work in a bookstore, and it is tough to get customers to buy short...more
logankstewart
My relationship with Stephen King is limited. I've read the entire Dark Tower series, and enjoyed it very much. Back in high school I read The Green Mile and a short story collection titled Everything's Eventual. I think that's about it. I've had The Stand on my TBR for a good while, but I've never managed to crack it open. So when I received Just After Sunset from my sister last year on a loan, I placed it on my shelf and figured I'd get to it whenever I did. As it turns out, it was sooner than...more
Andrea Ussy
Sono finalmente tornato ad amarti, caro il mio King, di quell'amore travolgente che avevo provato durante la lettura di 'Il gioco di Gerald' e che si era intiepidito un po' con 'Cell' e con '22/11/63'.
13 racconti che trattano degli argomenti e delle situazioni più varie:
Willa, sostanzialmente non è nient'altro che una storia di amore, destinata a durare per sempre; forse non è il racconto che mi ha entusiasmato di più tra i 13 proposti, per la sua prevedibilità, ma lo stile è impeccabile e l'ide...more
Sequoia
A great collection of short stories. Some I loved, some I didn't care too much for, but all of them kept my attention. Either I had to find out what happened next or the writing was just amazing.

My favorite stories were: Harvey's Dream, Stationary Bike and N. It's also cool that Mr. King did notes at the end (with a warning not to peek at them until you're done reading the stories). From past experiences, I tried not to read this at night. I did pretty good at not getting scared until I finishe...more
Rachel Roberts
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R.
Dec 19, 2008 R. marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinishedreads, 2008
"Cat from Hell" - Our Mutual Uncle in Vault of Horror mode.
"N." - An incredibly effective Lovecraft pastiche. Had me enthralled.*
"A Very Tight Place" - A delightfully gross revenge fantasy.

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* http://www.simonsays.com/specials/ste...




Original impression:

Not a very promising title. Isn't it always darkest Just Before Dawn ?
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.
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