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Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales

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A collection of fourteen dark tales, Everything’s Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and “Riding the Bullet,” King’s original ebook, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

Two of the stories, “The Little Sisters of Eluria” and “Every
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Gallery Books (first published March 19th 2002)
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Hannah Greendale
Everything’s Eventual offers a mixed bag of short stories, fourteen tales that range from the horrifying to the mundane, each of which includes commentary from the author.

“Autopsy Room Four” explores the frightful prospect of premature burial. Comedic and tense, this is arguably the best story in the entire collection.

In “The Man in the Black Suit,” an old man recalls a chance encounter from his childhood that’s haunted him all his life. King plays to his strengths in this one, dabbling in the
Dan Schwent
The wife had me watch 1408 a while back. I remembered it was in this collection but the only stories I even vaguely remember are the titular one and Little Sisters of Eluria. I figured 2017 was as good a time as any for a reread.

Even though I've been a Constant Reader for twenty years now, I always forget just how good Stephen King is at what he does until I start reading. The man knows his way around a story, though he gets a little wordy at times.

Like all short story collections, the stories v
"Yet for me, there are few pleasures so excellent as sitting in my favorite chair on a cold night with a hot cup of tea, listening to the wind outside and reading a good story which I can complete in a single sitting."
Stephen King, from his introduction

I genuinely looked forward to reading one of these tales each day, and that's the highest praise I can give a collection of short stories.
Edward Lorn
As with all of Stephen King’s collections, I’m giving each story a one-sentence review. Before we begin, I would like to say a few things that have little to do with this book’s contents. If you do not care for personal stories in reviews, you should take this chance to move along, or you may scroll past the next few paragraphs. But I hope you’ll join me. Maybe my story will help someone who doesn’t know they need help.

While listening to this one (I chose the audiobook for this reread), I tried
Is this collection scares, nostalgia, and downright straight-up story telling underappreciated among King’s other works? Lesser known maybe? Well, I’m here to give this one a big, sloppy ghost hug of appreciation (technically, I don’t think that’s even possible, but I’m going with it).

This would be my second read through of Everything’s Eventual - sort of. I used to hunt and peck through Stephen King short story collections. Read some of the stories. Skip some. No real rhyme or reason to it, unl
Aug 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always amazed at how varied his subjects can be. He is certainly not "just" a horror writer.


Introduction 5 stars. I love King and when he is brutally honest (when is he not?) I love him all the more.

Autopsy Room 4 4 stars I've actually seen the AHP episode that inspired this and Cotton was amazing. I love that only King could mention Michael Bolton and then bring up the fact that Percy is probably rolling in his grave at Bolton's rendition of "When a Man Loves a Woman". This story is
Nandakishore Varma
Aug 25, 2015 rated it liked it
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... and I'll say it again. Steve King is a fantastic storyteller, and very few of his stories have actually bored me. It is the same with this collection.

That said, very few of the stories here are actually frightening. Some give a mild sense of unease, that's all. However, almost all of them are readable and most are highly enjoyable.

My personal favourites were That Feeling, The One You Can Only Say What it is in French, In the Deathroom and Ri
Christian Guzman
There’s no doubt that Stephen King is great at writing short stories. Not all of the ones that were in this book were appealing to me, but several were. A couple of them were creepy in my opinion, so it may not be a wise idea to read them at night. My favorite ones were: Autopsy Room Four, The Man in the Black Suit, Everything’s Eventual, L.T’s Theory of Pets, and The Road Virus Heads North. I only disliked a few, but not because they were bad, they just did not catch my attention. One of the th ...more
Rebecca McNutt

Including the eerie story 1408, this anthology of short thriller stories is one of King's best. It took me a while to appreciate 1408 (I believe I gave it 2 stars on a separate review), but each of these stories has their charms and each one has a deep message behind the horror.
Daniel Clausen
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me be clear, Mr. King. You earned this one fair and square. You had to win a skeptic over and you did.

I've always thought of you as the Nicholas Cage of writing. Try enough random stuff regularly without hesitation and at least some of your stuff will be pretty good. But try enough random stuff and you're sure to come up with some very bad writing as well.

There is also another dark secret -- some of this variability occurs in the same book. They might start off well enough, get really good
Nov 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with open minds who love horror and loudness.
Recommended to Walt by: Brian Osborne
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Wayne Barrett
"Any fool who can pucker is apt to whistle past the graveyard."

There were times when this book felt more like a trip through the Twilight Zone with Rod Sterling than the usual horror I expect from King (although there was still plenty of that as well).
Stephen has really showed his mastery of the short story in this collection. They say fiction is stranger than truth and there are times when King (and I see the little smirk on his face) seems to imply that what he is giving us is just a make bel
Dave Moore
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept picking this up & reading a tale or two at a time. Each time I did this, I was struck by the way in which King brings a certain quality to his writing that just plain makes him better than most. He brings a certain assumption of the intelligence of his readers and gives us credit for being able to pick up the dark humor, the allusions, and the ironies he weaves. He has a unique ability to construct setting and characters so quickly and seamlessly that we have an instant picture in ou ...more
A strong collections of stories. I liked it better than both Bazaar and Sunset. King has such a firm grasp on the Voice and Tone of his characters. My favorites were those stories told in the first person: "The Man in the Black Suit", "Everything's Eventual", "Lunch at the Gotham Café", and "Riding the Bullet". I was surprised by "The Little Sisters of Eluria" which has a sort of sword and sorcery feel to it that I really liked.
Jonathan Janz
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*This review was originally published on my blog ( and focuses on the story "The Road Virus Heads North" (though I've read the whole collection and certainly believe it's worthy of five stars). Here's the link:

Stephen King's Everything's Eventual is loaded with great stories. In addition to the one I'm about to discuss, the collection contains "1408," "Lunch at the Gotham Cafe," and a cool entry into the Dark Tower canon called "T
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
Autopsy Room Four 3.5/5*
Tema od koje se ja jezim , atmosfera je odlicna a kraj mi je presmijesan bio.

The Man in the Black Suit 5/5*
Old school horror. Jezivo i atmosferski prava poslatsica.

All That You Love Will Be Carried Away 2/5 *
Ima dosta smijesnih izreka , ali sveukupno ništa posebno.

The Death of Jack Hamilton 2/5*
Iako je kraj dosta tuzan , mene prica nije posebno odusevila. Previse mi je dosadna bila .

In the Deathroom 2/5*
Isto kao i prošlu i ovu sam jedva zavrsio ... nimalo mi se nije dopal
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved all of the stories in this collection. I thought my favourite was going to be 1408, but it wasn't, it was The Road Virus Heads North. 1408 is nothing like the movie, which I am super grateful for as the movie would then be boring.
Some good, some mediocre. This isn't my favourite collection of short stories from Stephen King (I've enjoyed Bazaar of Bad Dreams the most so far, which probably doesn't make me in the majority).

What I disliked about the some of these stories is that King uses the word "short" almost as a joke in this collection. Some of these are 40 or 50 pages, and are pretty well novellas. Even King says short stories are meant to be read in one sitting, but some of them took two or three for me - probably
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Well, the author does not need much of an introduction. He has a gift for generating a sense of deep unease, and for awakening in the reader's mind some hidden, almost ancestral fears deeply embedded into his/her consciousness. His exploration of the darker side of human nature, and his atmospheric tales that well transcend the limitations of the "horror" genre, are reminiscent of the work of one of my favourite authors, Edgar Allan Poe.
This is a collection of short stories, some of them (such a
Sep 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read much King, this is actually only the second book I've read by him (the first being Gunslinger). I've always wanted to get into him though, and I think this was the perfect book to start with. Fourteen short stories, a King smorgasbord, so to speak. Some I loved, some I just liked, some just weren't my thing - but overall it was a great collection. Every one was well written, and even if a story wasn't my favorite, I still found myself enjoying it. Highly recommended, and I'll defi ...more
Ben Charette
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This being my first short story collection by Mr. King, I will score each story individually, and average them together (for those of you who aren't keen with math, that means I'll add them up and divide by the number of stories - in this case fourteen). In order:
(note: asterisks ***means spoilers)

Autopsy Room Four: 3
I know, Four is in the title, but somehow I still give it a 3. This story was a good example of fun old horror (and I don't actually mean fun). A man is trapped in his soon-to-be-di
Yet another example of why I love Stephen King. Every story in this book was great. King's ability to write like he's speaking only to YOU is one of my favorite things about him. You get the feeling that he's telling you a secret, letting you in on some amazing observation of life, without him needing to spell every D-E-T-A-I-L out in big bold block letters. But that's not to say that this isn't detailed - his work always is. It's just not condescendingly detailed. You may think that he is verbo ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's always difficult to review a collection of short stories and this one is no exception. For the most part I thought it was a great collection of work but I did struggle a little to see a thread through these stories - was I looking for something not there or miss it completely?

For Dark Tower fans and for those other kinds of people, those that haven't read The Dark Tower yet, The Little Sisters of Eluria is a treat. The titular Everything's Eventual is great creepy fun and L.T.'s Theory of P
Mayra Sigwalt
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: livros-que-tenho
Acho que esse livro, além de ter uma coletânea de histórias bacanas (algumas muito boas, outras ok), é um bom vislumbre do que o Stephen King é capaz. E a meu ver funcionou pra ele assim também. Como testes, como se ele se perguntasse "que tipo de histórias as pessoas não esperam que eu escreva?". Então é muito legal ver essa gama de possibilidades. Às vezes dá certo, às vezes não dá. É interessante ver ele explorar vários tipos de medos, coisas que vc nunca tinha pensado antes. Acredito que com ...more
Franco  Santos
Buen libro de relatos de King. Muchos son malos, sin embargo hay cuales son buenos.

Los que más me agradaron son Sala de Autopsias Número 4, que es el primer cuento y, para mí, el mejor. Otro que me gustó mucho es Las Hermanitas de Eluria; fue muy lindo reencontrarme con Roland. Ideal para fanáticos de la saga de La Torre Oscura. Montando en la Bala, historia que había leído antes, tambien es muy buena.

Por el otro lado, La Moneda de la Suerte no sé si no lo entendí o qué, pero me pareció malísim
Hace muchos años que leí los otros libros de relatos de King, pero creo que eran mejores, al menos ese es el recuerdo que tengo.

Hay algunos momentos que me han gustado mucho, pero en general los relatos no me han enganchado como en otras ocasiones.
Robert Beveridge
Stephen King, Everything's Eventual (Scribner, 2002)

Rumors of Stephen King's demise have been greatly exaggerated. 2002 is gearing up to be another highly productive year for King, and he starts us off with his first short story collection since 1993, Everything's Eventual. It sure is nice to know that King doesn't feel the need to turn everything into a novel, and while his short stories have gotten longer, they still pack the punch that the early tales did. However, they pack it in a more lite
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
I've been reading a story or two at a time from this collection on nights when I want a little King and I can't get to sleep when I would like to. King has the tendency to be able to take you away from your circumstances, whatever they might be, even for a little while. Whether it's with his short stories or what some Constant Reader's call his “door-stopper” novels, King pulls you in and makes you care about the characters he's drawn. With some writers the characters aren't much more than words ...more
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know, S.King has a rich imagination, and he is a master. He knows how to tell stories. This collection is captivating. Not that I liked every story, naturally, that's why I gave it 4 stars.
And these I liked the most:

Autopsy Room Four
The Man in the Black Suit (a horrific tale, convincing in every detail)
Everything's Eventual
Riding the Bullet
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: posiadane
Prosektorium numer cztery:
Howard Cottrell przeżywa jeden z największych lęków dużej części ludzi - żyjesz, ale nikt o tym nie wie. Mężczyznę znaleziono w krzakach, stwierdzono zgon i przywieziono do prosektorium. Chociaż bohater ma wątpliwości czy czasem już nie umarł, to dociera do niego, że jednak żyje i zaczyna się jego dramatyczna walka o danie jakiegokolwiek znaku, aby nie być pokrojonym żywcem. Ciężko mi stwierdzić na ile przebieg pracy jest zgodny z prawdą, chociaż interesuję się trochę m
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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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“Black as night and as beautiful as forever.” 26 likes
“This is nine! Nine! This is nine! Nine! This is ten! Ten! We have killed your friends! Every friend is now dead! This is six! Six!"
"Eighteen! This is now eighteen! Take cover when the siren sounds! This is four! Four!"
"Five! This is five! Ignore the siren! Even if you leave this room, you can never leave this room! Eight! This is eight!"
"Six!' the phone screamed. 'Six, this is six, this is goddam fucking SIX!
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