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The chilling novella featured in Stephen King’s New York Times bestselling collection Full Dark, No Stars, 1922 is about a man who succumbs to the violence within—setting in motion a grisly train of murder and madness.

Wilfred James owns eighty acres of farmland in Nebraska that have been in his family for generations. His wife, Arlette, owns an adjoining one hundred acres. She wants to
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Scribner (first published November 9th 2010)
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Benjamin Rogers Stephen King doesn't have 'master plans'. You can't expect an author as prolific as he is to not revisit themes, characters, or areas. Many of his…moreStephen King doesn't have 'master plans'. You can't expect an author as prolific as he is to not revisit themes, characters, or areas. Many of his books take place in the same areas, likely because those are the places that stand out to him. If there ever is a tie in it's typically very loose. Outside of The Dark Tower series. He isn't having press/fan conferences where he talks about the previously unmentioned sexual orientation of his characters. (less)
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AMEERA
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This really spooky short story 👻'
Debbie
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I KNOW there are good rats. In fact, my kids had two very polite and cuddly rats, Lucy and Penelope. Oh how I loved to let them run up my sleeve. They tickled me (literally and figuratively) as they scurried up my arm! What we did for those cuties. Seriously, even VET visits, and more—which I’m just too embarrassed to confess, sorry. Those little scurry girls lived the life of Riley.

Well, I’ll tell you this: Lucy and Penelope would not have had the privilege of living in our loving home had I r
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Helga
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king, horror
4.5

“I believe that there is another man inside of every man, a stranger, a Conniving Man.”

This is a ghost story.
A dark, eerie and unsettling tale about greed, murder, guilt and comeuppance. It is a story about crime and punishment. It begins with a confession and it ends with...rats. Lots of rats! In a word, it is a typical King story!
Gabrielle
You’d think watching TV (which I confess I do a bit more than I’d like) would distract me from reading, but when I enjoy a show or movie adapted from a book, it usually just motivates me to read the original material even more. Case in point: “1922”. The Netflix algorithm is starting to understand how my twisted brain works and recommended the movie, so naturally, I got the novella despite not being the biggest King fan out there. I do love a good haunting story, especially when it’s narrated by ...more
Janet
Nov 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good writing. Horrible story. I really wish I hadn't read it.
Asha Seth
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rats will never be just 'rats'. Thanks to King.
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The Confession of Mr Wilfred James concerning his life before and after his wife's gruesome murder he and his son, committed in 1922.
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When Arlette James decides to sell off her farmland willed to her by her father, Wilfred James finds himself hard-pressed for a life he doesn't want even a day of. Thus, begins the terrifying journey of Wilfred James scheming to murder his wife, whilst manipulating his son Henry, leading
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Wendy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this before the movie on Netflix.
This man truly loved his land, his life but his wife, not so much.
It causes him to do something that he almost instantly regrets.
Will it cost him everything he has left? Read it and see...
Chance and his Goosie Scale
I just knew this would be a supernatural read, but it’s not (or at least I don’t think it was). It’s a much simpler storyline than I was expecting, but not in a bad way. I think I was expecting Children of the Corn type goosies, I don’t know. This follows a 1922 farmer’s fall from... grace? Hmmm, ok, not grace, but he falls anyway. And so. Many. Rats. O_o Anyway, I enjoyed it as an average thriller without too much going on.

Goosie Scale Rating: 3/10
This is another King read that just didn
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Kourtney Bradley
I accidentally/unknowing read 1922, because I thought it was sort of a part two to A Good Marriage. I kept reading to see how the two stories would tie in together. I kept waiting for a familiar name or scene that would link the two .... and it never came.
Selene
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spookathon 2017
October 16, 2017-October 22, 2017
A Thriller.

I found this novella online. I want to read Full Dark, No Stars now. Very creepy.
Cheryl Kennedy
"In the end, we all get caught."
Andrew “The Weirdling” Glos


In the late spring of 1922, Wilfred James has had just about enough of his wife Arlette. He coaxes their son to help him murder Arlette. What ensues is a tale of a father and his son’s ensuing mental, material, and spiritual decline. Oh, and rats. It’s also a tale of the ensuing rats.

This is one of those tales where Stephen King stays squarely within the mind of a protagonist who is clearly going insane. However, he is also sensing something that’s there too. However, you’re left wondering wher
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I listened to "1922" and the narration was extremely good! And the whole performance of the narrator was incredible. I loved it when stories are narrated from the point of view of the evil ones! Since they make me root for the bad guys Haha

I must "warn" people that this is not a deep big horror story. Although, there are really strong and horrific images that I appreciate for the sake of the story and the alteration of the character's psyche! Stephen Kin
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Chris
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now there's the Stephen King that I know and love.

I've been wanting to find a copy of Full Dark, No Stars for a while now - my amazing aunt snagged a water-damaged copy from a thrift store, and I've begun in earnest since finishing some bucket list reads.

I have not been disappointed. I think one thing that has always been dependable is King's short story game - while he tends to get carried away with descriptive work in longer stories, he is far more concise and intuitive
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Ichar
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, gothic
Stephen King is hands down the King of Horror! In all my years of reading horror, not to mention true crime books, in 1922 I have encountered the first ever time I had to put a book down and take a break to collect myself through a scene because it was so gruesome my mind just could not tolerate another word! What is more, I was actually afraid to take it up again.
Emma
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, I found out I hate rats. Especially the ones that munch on still living beings... Do not read this if you are sensitive to that kind of stuff. Otherwise, go ahead and enjoy this psychological horror story. It is quite good!
Yahaira Hernandez
A very Edgar Allan Poe story.
Max III
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of the finest writing he's ever done.
Khara
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
By far the most depressing, sad SK book I’ve read to date.
Wilf and his wife are fighting over her 100 inheritated acres of land.
When she insists on selling, he begins planning her murder. With the help of his 14 year old son, he kills her.
After that everything starts going to hell. The murder was messy, The coverup more then he planned for. The sheriff is coming round to investigate, as is Big Corporate who was going to buy the land.
His son’s changed and darker,
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Kaytee (Flirting with Fiction)
Very good story following a man losing his mind. Or is he?
Cheryl
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2018
[3.5 stars]

This was my first Stephen King book and I ate it right up. I’m so impressed with how unpretentious his writing is.


I feel like the last quarter of the book is where things took a bit of a weird turn. The focus started to veer away from the main character. And while I am satisfied with the ending, I feel it could’ve been better.

- but the gore scenes are great. I was entertained throughout!


. . . . and of course, the book was better than the mov
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Monica Go
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king, 2018
By the time I finished this short story I was very sad.

I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. The gruesome scenes were extremely so and the turning of events sad and catastrophic I would say. He paid and paid with interests.

Couldn't help though, but getting attached to our main character and also his nice cow.
Steph
Ehhh .. i feel this story is exactly what people who don't read King imagine King writes. It was too gory for me. I didn't care for the giant rats talk and I couldn't sympathize with the characters, which is what I've come to expect of King characters. Ehh just not for me,i guess
David
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story with a sprinkling of A Tell-Tale Heart throughout.
Diana
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐ seriously graphic! ...more
Jonathan Maas
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King is normally at his best when he extends and expands his style - and this is no exception. Prob one of my all time favorites from him.
Bảo Ngọc
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a great story to read. Scary and haunting.
Matt
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SAJIDAA
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never crossed my mind that I will one day praise Stephen King! But this story is remarkably done.
The main character ( Wilfred ) had a huge impact on me; making me feel both sorry and angry.

Marvelous work indeed.
Jennifer
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1922 is a (long) short story by Stephen King told as a confession from Wilfred James about killing his wife with the help of his son Henry. From Wilfred's point of view, his wife Arlette, was a piece of work - rude to him and Henry, didn't help around the farm, and wanted to sell the land given to her by her father. Her desire to sell the land is the last straw. The confession pulls you into Wilfred's story immediately and to see everything spiral out of control after the murder keeps the suspen ...more
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