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Just After Sunset

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  37,769 Ratings  ·  2,110 Reviews
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 January 1st 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Willa: After a train derails leaving its passengers stranded, David Sanderson's wife wanders away from the station and he goes looking for her.

On the surface, this was a tale of people who don't realize that they're ghosts dealing with their fate. Beneath, I think it's about how time slips away and the deeper the rut you get into, the harder it is to get out and do something new. His Kingship picked a good tale to start the collection with.

Gingerbread Girl: After leaving her husband, Emily tak
Helen Stavraki
Αυτή η πένα έχει μεγάλο ειδικό βάρος και κλασσική αξία όμως το βιβλίο τούτο φάνηκε πολύ κατώτερο των προσδοκιών μου.
Από τα 13 διηγήματα μου άρεσαν τα 4. Τα υπόλοιπα ακόμη αναρωτιέμαι τι ακριβώς σκοπό εξυπηρετούν και όταν καταφέρω να βρω απαντήσεις καμία δεν ανταποκρίνεται στο είδος αυτού του βιβλίου.
Τα υπόλοιπα διηγήματα που πέρασαν αδιάφορα θα μπορούσαν να ειναι απλώς κάποιες ενδιαφέρουσες ιστορίες που απέχουν παρασάγγας από ιστορίες ψυχολογικής έντασης ή ακόμη περισσότερο τρόμου.

Οταν έχεις
Shelby *trains 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'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
Edward Lorn
Apr 26, 2013 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperbacks
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I’m here to talk about my favorite Stephen King collection since “Night Shift” - “Just After Sunset”. If you knew me, I wouldn’t have to say how big a King fanboy I am but I’m sure I’ll provide enough evidence of my fandom before we’re done. Settle in, Constant Reader, and let me tell you a story.

I grew up surrounded by Stephen King. My mother was a huge fan, one who needed every new release on the day it dropped. I
Nov 19, 2014 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, that age has gone. Oh yeah. Totally. For the last novel with any ounce of originality still left in it by Stephen King was surely the serial-then-(underrated)novel "The Green Mile." And now? Now is the age of rehash (boo "Doctor Sleep"... boo boo BOO!) with an originality factor that registers at about 0.07%.

Therefore yes; this ain't too bad at all, but it's no good either. This is a total miss for me, for I pretty much KNOW, am certain that the writer actually manages to flourish in the sh

ثلاثة عشر هو رقم ليس سيئا أبدا لى و ان كان غير محبب للكثيرين
و لكنى أحببته هنا لأنه عدد القصص في هذه المجموعة الرائعة
أول قراءاتى لكنج و بالطبع لن تكون الأخيرة
يمتلك الرجل قدرة على الاسترسال في تفاصيل صغيرة غير مهمة أبدا و لكنها غير مملة مع ذلك
تجد فلسفة عميقة لا يشعر بها من لا يريدها و لا يقحمها في القصة اقحاما و لكنه يعطيك الإثارة و المتعة و حبس الأنفاس مبطن بفكرته التي يبثها بين السطور
لن أعيد و أزيد في مراجعات تفصيلية فستجدها كلها هنا


الفتاة الهاربة

حلم هارفى

استراحة طريق

دراجة ثابتة

الأشياء الت
Jun 15, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans
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
Apr 19, 2017 Johann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Any parting could be forever, and we just don't know."

Just After Sunset is the fifth collection of short stories published by Stephen King, containing 13 stories in total. A lot of these stories seem to focus on the aftermath of tragedy, and how people react. Whether this is pertaining to the loss of a child or the events of 9/11, it's a strong theme throughout this collection of short stories.

Usually I will review short stories collectively, but I had gotten a few private messages and comments
sweet jane
Αυτή την συλλογή την διάβασα μετά τις Πανελλήνιες και πραγματικά βαρέθηκα παρα πολύ. Μερικές ιστορίες ήταν σχετικά ενδιαφέρουσες, αλλά και πάλι δεν με έπεισαν. Μέχρι και το Κρητικό Ζήτημα μου είχε φανεί πιο ενδιαφέρον....

Πρέπει να μιλήσουμε κάποια στιγμή για το κατα πόσο ενας πολυγραφότατος συγγραφέας είναι αποδοτικός. Ο King μου φαίνεται πρέπει να κάνει ένα διάλειμμα.
Will Byrnes
This is an interesting mix. I found that for some of the stories there was a been-there-done-that feel. In another, my favorite in the collection, a nuclear bomb in NYC tale, I felt as if King had been peeking in at dreams I have had myself. His 9/11 story had a very welcome gentle touch. In another a dark reality strives to pop through into our real world, being held back only by the OCD activities of a series of unfortunates. I thought it was a tribute to H. P. Lovecraft, particularly given th ...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
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
Asghar Abbas

Most of the short stories were profound and even heartbreaking, but one of them was ewww. Like what was he thinking ewww. Eww . Eww. Eww.

King often says he writes about his nightmares and writes to tackle and overcome what frightens him. No wonder, you can see why. After all, emptying out all the ugliness can be quite cathartic.

Monolith stones one was my favorite in this collection.
Nov 12, 2008 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 28, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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
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
فهد الفهد
Feb 25, 2015 فهد الفهد rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-crime
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.
Wayne Barrett


This collection of short stories wasn't bad, but for someone who is a master at writing shorts, I don't think this one stacked up well with prior collections by King. Still good...just not great.
Oct 09, 2015 Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يقول الكاتب ان افكار هذه المجموعة القصصية جائته من مشاهد حدثت في حياته،خبر قرأه في جريدة او حادثة سمع بها.
معظم قصص المجموعة جيدة،ليست مرعبة بالدرجة الاولي ،لكنها بالتأكيد غريبة جدا وغامضة لدرجة تشعر معها بالجنون.
تجربة فريدة ورائعة لأول مجموعة قصصية اقرأها لستيفن كينج رغم شعوري ان بعض هذه القصص كانت تستحق ان تكون روابة طويلة.
Thomas Strömquist
Another nice surprise was the 2008 collection of King shorts! My friends perception of this one was less than stellar (even if some really liked it) and for some reason I went in with a bit low (for King anyway) expectations. I needn't have - even if like most collections it has ups as well as not-so-ups, there was no story I didn't care for at all and quite a few I really liked! All in all a good read. The stories:

Willa - Started out very odd, I almost doubled back to see if I missed something
Ellen Gail
I got a gift! Yay! I'm happier than a cat in a box!

I never would have picked it out on my own, but my friend Ron gifted me this lil beauty and I'm so happy he did! It was a very fun read.

So let's get this candle burning, shall we?

Willa: Why did this one make me cry? Tell me why? It was melancholy and dreamy and all of a sudden I was crying.

The Gingerbread Girl: Surprisingly scary, for what was a pretty basic thriller concept. I loved the execution and the tension! I could feel the fight in Emi
Oct 17, 2012 Victor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Dec 21, 2008 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Donna S
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
Apr 24, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Oct 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
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
Λατρεύω τον Stephen King. Μ' αρέσει πάρα πολύ ο τρόπος που αιχμαλωτίζει με την γραφή του και οι ανατριχίλες που μπορεί να προσφέρει. Στη συγκεκριμένη συλλογή διηγημάτων όμως, αυτό συνέβη με μόλις 3-4 ιστορίες. Ορισμένες δεν κατάφερα καν να τις τελειώσω και ορισμένες δεν ήθελα να τελειώσουν. Εξ ου και το 3 που είναι ακριβώς στη μέση, καθώς υπήρχαν ιστορίες του 1 και ιστορίες του 5.
Adam Light
Nov 24, 2011 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another truly exceptional collection of King's short fiction.
فى العادة لست من محبى القصص القصيرة ماعدا قلة نادرة التى تستطيع أن تجعلنى استمتع بها منها هذه المجموعة لذا شكرا ستيفن كينج وشكر هام لانك اضفت ملاحظاتك حول القصص فى النهاية ليس كبعض الاحيان حين يضع المترجم ملخص الرواية او القصص فى البداية
وشكر للصديق الذى عرفت عن طريقة هذه المجموعة والذى شجعتنى رفيوهاته عن القصص على قراءتها
. من القصص التى استمتعت بها اكثر من بقيتها :
ويلا - الفتاة الهارية - الاشياء التى تركوها خلفهم - ن - قط شيطانى - نيويورك بسعر تفاوضى - ابكم - وضع عصيب للغاية
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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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