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"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . ." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting i ...more
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Published November 9th 2010 by Scribner
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There’s a fair amount of criticism out there about Stephen King. A lot of it is valid, but there are certain times that he’s the perfect author to be reading. Like last night when a winter storm blew through. Freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and high winds made it look like an Artic wasteland outside. As I lay reading under my warm blankets, I paused for a moment and listened to the wind making the house creak and the sleet hitting the windows, and thought, “This is just about the perfect setti ...more
Best of 2010
Hold up wait a minute King of fiction releases novellas, stop all reading! Bump up to the front of your to-read list! Essential reading right now! Beauty of Kindle is that i could start reading instantly on release date.
King sums these stories in his afterward he says
" I have tried my best in Full Dark, No Stars to record what people might do, and how they might behave, under certain dire circumstances. The people in these stories are not without hope, but they acknowledge that eve
there are times when it seems stephen king is afflicted with 'murakami syndrome'... y'know what i mean: the guy has quite the incredible imagination but large swaths of his prose makes it so you can't entirely rule out the fact that he might be a bit retarded. you also wonder why king feels the need to end each story on the perfect note. it ain't always the best tack as concerns creepy-as-shit stories: all this horror/existenzy stuff begs for some mystery, some questions left unanswered... and t ...more
Ok, I am going to review each story, as well, individually as they deserver.


1. 1922 - This story is actually a confession of a man who has just murdered his wife. He has even dragged his innocent 14 year old son into this as well, which is very heartbreaking. I feel this story makes you realize that our actions have consequences that we will somehow at some point feel. Is it karma? What goes around, comes around? Ghosts? Insanity? This man, after committing this heinous crime f
Thanks to Goodreads, I have been introduced to a lot of fine authors I
would not otherwise have heard of. Some have become new favorites.
But no matter how enjoyable these authors' works are, none of them can
compare to the security and enjoyment of going back to Stephen King.
I often complain of being a relatively slow reader. But this is never the case with King. He has the wonderful gift of emotionally involving you into a story, coming to know and understand his characters, and when this happens
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After the doorstopper that was Under The Dome Stephen King came with this volume of four tales, all much more restrained in scope and quieter in terms of narrative than the story of Chester Mill. This does not mean that they lack emotion, intensity and darkness; oh no, the title is very apt. These four tales are some of King's darkest work to date.

King one of the few contemporary and succesful practicioners in the vastly ignored field of the short story, but he's probably the sole writer who enj
I flipping love Stephen King. He just has this way of getting to the nitty-gritty of things, their soul or heart or whatever you want to call it. Whatever it is that makes it it, that's what King puts on paper and then shares with the world. It both fascinates me and humbles me, because I can't see life in the way that King apparently does. It makes me feel small, actually, because the scope of the understanding that King seems to have is amazing to me. I think I'm a well-read, intelligent perso ...more
I see why this collection is titled, "Full Dark, No Stars."

This is a collection of four short stories or novellas, or five if you have the bonus story 'Under the Weather.' I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read it, but I will say these stories are dark. They make you question what you would do in these situations, or at least they made me question what I would do. The bonus story, 'Under the Weather' was my least favorite. There was something about it, and I can't quite p
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
3 1/2 stars, about which, more later.

Steve King has abandoned the supernatural in favor of something even creepier: REALITY. Do you really know what evil lurks inside that person curled up next to you in bed? Or that gray-haired, seemingly benign librarian? Or the guy who's been your best buddy since childhood? Or YOU, for that matter?
King takes on these questions here in three novellas and one short-ish story.

In Big Driver, Tess is the author of the cozy and bland Willow Grove Knitting Societ
In the afterward of "Full Dark, No Stars," Stephen King says that the four stories collected here go into some dark corners. And he's not kidding. Easily one of his darkest collections ever, the stories are all still vintage King, looking at ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. There are no happy endings here, but instead some fascinating, page-turning stories that will linger with you long after you're done reading. (I know I'm sure still haunted by aspects of many of them. ...more
"Sorry, he said. Sometimes my emotions get the better of me. Those women...all those women...and the boy, with his whole life ahead of him. That's worst of all."

That's how I felt after reading Stephen King's four novellas in FULL DARK, NO STARS. What is the objective of horror tales? Is it good storytelling alone that has brought King to the top of the genre? For me, vivid scenes of murder would not be enough.

So what does King bring to the table that appeals? For three of these novellas, there i
Kealan Burke
Atrocious cover aside (even if I’m dumb and missing something greatly significant about a minimalistic cover with a woman making the figure nine on it, it’s still terrible), the title of Stephen King’s latest book is perfect. Full Dark, No Stars, ladies and gentleman, is one bleak book. And though King is no stranger to grim subject matter, when it comes to his novella collections, I think this is the darkest one yet. There are no stars. There’s little hope either. Some, but not much. One might ...more
Yin Yang: two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it.

I was thinking of the principle of Yin Yang while I read Full Dark, No Stars. This is a collection of four stories, in each one Mr. King explores what happens when ordinary people are put in extraordinary, and sometimes dire, circumstances. What happens is
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Part of the title says "No Stars" but damn it, I'm giving Full Dark, No Stars - 5 stars! This book was amazing - every story and the afterword as well, is 5 star quality. This is without a doubt, my favorite book I've read by Stephen King (not that I've read all that many) but still it's quite an impressive collection. I absolutely loved this volume and highly recommend it. Would you make the same decision as the main character in each story? Read & ask yourself :-)

From the opening story, 19
R.G. Evans
Welcome back, Stephen King. Reading some of your later novels--Duma Key, Cell, Under the Dome--I couldn't help but think of Henry James's description of his contemporaries' novels as "loose, baggy monsters." Not that your novels of late have been populated by such monsters (which might have improved them considerably), but rather that they rambled endlessly with less than compelling plots and characters. The four long stories that comprise Full Dark, No Stars, on the other hand, mark your return ...more
I picked this up after reading glowing reviews, and I was not disappointed. Mind you, I'm definitely on the wimpier side of horror fandom, so I may have found these stories scarier than many people will, but I did find them genuinely frightening.

My copy includes the stories:

Big Driver
Fair Extension
A Good Marriage

As well as a bonus story, Under The Weather.

For the most part, these are psychological horror stories, and a couple of them are extremely scary.

1922 recounts the confession of Wilfre
Ages ago I read two stories by King: “Chattery Teeth” (which I persist in remembering as “Clackety Teeth,”) and “You Know They Got a Hell of a Band,” both from Nightmares and Dreamscapes. The stories stayed with me, but I don't recall reading anything else by King for many years, until a couple of years ago when I read The Gunslinger, whereupon I fell head over heels and went on a King-binge which included the rest of The Dark Tower series, Duma Key (the audiobook,) and the Marvel Comics series ...more
Miglė Keliotytė
It's the second Stephen King work I had ever read. The first one was "The Shining", and I was surprised because after finishing it I had to say it kind of disappointed me. I expected more after hearing all those compliments about how good that book was. So when I started this work of his, I was kind of sceptical if I would like it or not.

But... this book was actually really good! I especially liked the first and the last novellas, their atmosphere was so realistic that it was at some parts a lit
Stephen King's first collection of four long stories, Different Seasons, contains two of what are probably his most famous and well-loved tales - The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. His second collection, Four Past Midnight, while featuring four stories which aren't that bad, simply isn't as good as the first. So here's the third: Full Dark, No Stars. And while the stories here might not be as immediately classic as those in Different Seasons, they're still superb in their own r ...more
These four novellas do not add up to the best thing Stephen King has ever written, but lordy lordy, do these tales rip and roar, shimmy and jive. I had the best time reading them.

The title really sets up the collection well - make no mistake, these are dark tales, in places gruesome and hard to read. All of these stories feature ordinary characters forced to make awful choices. What choices! These choices resonate with power because they don't relate to the supernatural in any way (except for th
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to pick this up. Not because I have any predisposed notions towards Uncle Stevie, it's just that it's a bunch of short stories and it's uncharted territory for me when it comes to King (well, aside from Blockade Billy). I've read a fair bit of his longer fiction or stuff that's over 300 pages (not that I consider 300 pages long). However, after reading the opener 1922, those worries quickly subsided.

King is writing on a common theme here and he elaborates
This is a totally unfair rating, since I didn't get very far in the book, but as I get older I find I have less and less patience for King's "real people." They often don't seem real, and conversations are often ridiculous. (Has anyone ever noticed how King's conversations, when they involve sex, sound like the musings of a 14 year old?) On top of that there's a bizarre, self serving rant (Afterword) by King, where once again he's basically pleading to be taken seriously as a writer. Oh, he says ...more
Mar 04, 2015 F.R. is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
As usual, I'll review each story as I get to it:

One of the talents often missed (even by some of his most ardent fans) about Stephen King is his focus: his ability to take a gruesome little idea and drag it out to a terrifyingly scary extreme. It’s because the novels are so long, because they’re so sprawling – and frequently have so many ideas thrown into them, some of which fail to stick – that this focus is frequently overlooked. It’s why the short story, or the novella, suits him so well.
Four novellas from Stephen King brought together in one collection, and with an added short thrown in for good measure. How could it go wrong?

The answer is: it didn't. But I genuinely struggled with motivation to finish Full Dark, No Stars. Not because of the stories were bad; it's just that more acutely than ever I found myself lamenting King's massive success, because while he remains amazing at writing life-like characters in incredible situations, he seems to do so without anyone having the
Let me preface by saying that my kooky grandmother, bless her soul, got me started on Stephen King in my early high school years. I have easily read all of his books with the exception of 2 or 3, and at one time had the sagging bookcase to prove it (aren't Kindles a God-send?).

I began Full Dark, No Stars with a sinking feeling in my stomach, as the first story was awfully reminiscent of Delores Claiborne.

"Oh, SK, I really do love you, but at times your formulas can get a bit tedious."

But when ha
Stefan Yates
Stephen King normally shines when writing in the short story and novella formats. Some of my very favorite King stories are contained in his novella collections (Different Seasons, Four Past Midnight) and this collection is no exception to the rule. Contained in Full Dark, No Stars are four mostly outstanding tales of terror and revenge.

1922 - A really solid "ghost" story about a man trying to save his farm, the lengths that he is willing to go through to save it and the revenge taken against h
I was playing around with this idea that maybe King is the best horror writer of all time. Poe, his only real competition, only wrote short stories, so maybe by volume alone? But as much as I'd like it to be different, I just can't convince myself that King's actual sentences are any better than functional. He's, he's a great creator of books , but not a very good writer of them.

This dip back into his work reminded how annoying I find Stephen King's writing tics. Particularly the incessa
I just finished 1922 (the first of the four novellas). I liked this one a lot. Wilf James is at odds with the wife, and the simplest solution is to kill her. Things kind of go down hill from there. One of the things that impressed me about this story is the fact that it didn't sound at all like King's "voice". I wouldn't have thought he could surprise me after all this time.

The story is very compelling and you're drawn in from the start. And there's a good message that we can all take to heart
Oh Stephen King, how I used to so love your storytelling....

This collection of four novellas starts with 1922, a ridiculously long winded story in which a man kills his wife and then proceeds to lose his fortune? His son? I never finished this one so I'm not quite sure. Even while I was still listening, my attention wandered. This story has a lot of typical King-isms including homey talk between small town, local men. It also revisits Kings fascination and revulsion with rats. The basic idea her
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