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Just After Sunset by Stephen King
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Apr 06, 10

bookshelves: short-stories, horror
Read from March 31 to April 06, 2010

Typical Stephen King short story fun. That means that not every tale is a blood-curdler -- there are two rather quiet, thought-provoking pieces on the afterlife, and one on the nature of miracles -- but there are plenty of spine-tinglers in here as well. As he's gotten older, King has (probably rightly) gotten away from vampires and werewolves and now makes Man the scariest monster of all. There's a tale of revenge by Port-o-Let, and a deranged figure chasing a woman through brushy, abandoned Florida beaches, while a nuclear blast makes a walk-on in one short tale. But not to worry: King still excels at tales of the supernatural, those moments that exist just beyond the edge of reality, with the story of a cat with an agenda, a spooky stationary bike that may or may not actually go anyplace, and -- the book's centerpiece -- a Lovecraftian tale (both in mood and in its diary/letters/journals format) that will have you looking at obsessive compulsives in a different manner.

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