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447 pages, Paperback
First published April 21, 2020
Oh Yeah! EXPLOSIVE new collection with Apparitions, HUNGRY evil....and one NASTY rat!
I so enjoy the anticipation of reading every new KING offering and his latest four story anthology, IF IT BLEEDS was no exception. When I first saw the cover and watched the interactive movement of the cat's nose on the cover, I paid my money on-line, of course, and used curbside pickup at Barnes & Noble the morning it was released to the public.
Anyway, I zoomed through the novel in less than two days trying to savor every word yet unable to slow my reading speed, and at the end my first thought was YES! Another Winner! Not 5 stars (for me) this time around, but will definitely look forward to a re-read.
A brief recap....
MR. HARRIGAN'S PHONE - Nothing really scary here, but there is a bit of creep factor combined with an enjoyable story.
I liked Craig and his developing relationship with the new~68 year old billionaire neighbor who likes to give away dollar scratch-off tickets. The young precocious nine year old teaches an old dog new tricks in this story and makes a few surprising discoveries himself when he calls up the dead. (no spoiler here)
THE LIFE OF CHUCK - CHARLES KRAMTZ. 39 GREAT YEARS! THANKS CHUCK! Who is Chuck? What is going on? Nobody seems to know, but I'll just say, after you get a glimpse of his life, I think you'll like him and his philosophy on life.
IF IT BLEEDS - SK didn't save the best for last, he positioned it third. A delivery man...an explosion...death. And oh boy, Holly Gibney is back with her keen eye for detecting evil, her astonishing bravery and quick action when she suspects that evil threat lurking...Again! (Stephen King says he loves his Holly....me too....so please bring her back!)
***A heads-up warning here: Flashbacks to the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and The Outsider give away some spoilers.
RAT - Don't ever trust a RAT, travel down Shithouse Road, shake hands with a coughing, sneezing runny-nose man (especially in 2020) or make a deal with a RAT faced devil in disguise.