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Full Dark, No Stars

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Is it possible to fully know anyone? Even those we love the most? What tips someone over the edge to commit a crime?

For a Nebraska farmer, the turning point comes when his wife threatens to sell off the family homestead.

A cozy mystery writer plots a savage revenge after a brutal encounter with a stranger.

Dave Streeter gets the chance to cure himself from illness - if he ag
Paperback, 453 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Hodder (first published November 9th 2010)
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Adam Ciotta Most of these stories have an interesting level of verisimilitude due to the declining mental health of the protagonist. This brings up a lot of quest…moreMost of these stories have an interesting level of verisimilitude due to the declining mental health of the protagonist. This brings up a lot of questions.

For instance, discuss the implications of the epilogue of 1922. Were the rats ever real? Recall earlier scenes where they caused traumatic events that only Wilf witnessed. If the rats were just hallucinations what does the story suggest actually happened in those disturbing scenes?

Due to the nature of these stories, the reader is encouraged to mistrust the narrator. When you read through this book again look for instances where you don't fully believe what the protagonist is telling you. That will definitely spark a lot of rewarding questions and discussion topics.

I think this is a very good selection for a book club. I believe it is the most well structured book of short stories Stephen King has ever published and I hope you and your book club enjoy it!(less)
Edward Davies It was in some paperback versions of 'Full Dark, No Stars', but apparently it is going to be featured in the upcoming collection, 'The Bazaar of Bad D…moreIt was in some paperback versions of 'Full Dark, No Stars', but apparently it is going to be featured in the upcoming collection, 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams'.(less)

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Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full Dark, No Stars is as harrowing work of Horror Fiction.

For many years, King's Different Seasons claimed the title as my #1 favorite, short-story collection.

Well, you heard it hear first, folks: times, they are a changing!

That honor now goes to this delightfully dark collection that tells four tales of ordinary people placed into extraordinary, and gut-churning, circumstances.

The novellas within Full Dark, No Stars each examine the deepest, darkest corners of the human condition.

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Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was fine.

1922 was the country bumpkin's rendition of poe's far superior "the tell tale heart"

i genuinely have nothing, nice or not, to say about big driver and fair exchange

the good marriage was...good (probably my favorite lol)

Johann (jobis89)
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Life is fair. We all get the same nine-month shake in the box, and then the dice roll. Some people get a run of sevens. Some people, unfortunately, get snake-eyes. It's just how the world is."

Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of 4 novellas in which King explores the "dark side" to people, and how exactly would you react if placed in certain situations? For example, what would you do if you found out that your husband of over 20 years has been hiding a dark secret? How would you react if a a p
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
4.5 Stars.

Very Dark and "Wonderfully Gruesome" collection.

Was happy to have found this gem when cleaning and reorganizing one of my too-many to-read bookshelves here at home, and even though I find I've already read each and every one...SHEESH...I actually didn't remember the ending on a couple of them so all is well, and having a real KING book is hardly a hardship after all.

1922 - 5 Stars

A marital disagreement to sell or not to sell...the farm, that is...turns deadly, but RATS!...Talk

Dan Schwent
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
1922: A man coerces his son into helping him murder his wife. Can they keep their sanity in the aftermath?

1922 is a latter day retelling of A Telltale Heart, only with rats and a Bonnie and Clyde side-story. It's also damn good and a prime example of what Stephen King can do when he has a limited number of pages to work with instead of the entire paper output of a redwood forest.

Big Driver: After taking a shortcut down an unfamiliar road, a writer is raped and left in a culvert to die but her at
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full Dark, Four Stars.

In Full Dark, No Stars, we get four dark tales filled with murder, revenge, terror, and death. That, my friend, is regular Monday morning at Stephen King's head anyway!

Novella #1 1922
To be honest, I picked up Full Dark, No Stars after watching the trailer for 1922 movie adaptation, and I am happy to say that the novella delivers. The story is set in Nebraska and the year is (that's right, you guessed it) 1922. We are introduced to Wilfred James, a farmer who loves
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Four dark novellas, with Big Driver probably being the best and the darkest. This collection also contains, Fair Extension, A Good Marriage and 1922, as well as the short Under The Weather. Retribution, revenge, and never really knowing someone are the main themes, tapping into the core fear of most humans in that we don't really get to know anyone - we just get to know and see what people are prepared to share / show? 8 out of 12.
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may have stepped too far into the King waters this time, I should probably stick closer to shore. And I really should have taken the title at face value.

This collection was intense and disturbing exploring the darkest underbelly of human behavior. I’d also like to add that they’re not easy to forget, they have inhabited a part of my brain and I’d really like them to leave. Please.

Big Driver - Brutal and unsettling. A violent rape and its aftermath. A cozy writer finds her inner warrior. There
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, each story makes you forget about the other, they're all equally fascinating and terrifying ... From the farmer who convinced his son to kill his inconsiderate drunk ass mother, to the lawyer who made a deal with a devil out of spite and jealousy, to the brave author who went through hell and back and avenged herself in a rather bad-ass fashion , and finally to the housewife who made a shocking ,albeit a late discovery about her husband and responded Properly... King never disappoint ! ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished!

Full Dark, No Stars. I always liked that title. It’s a subtle warning for what lies ahead within these four novellas, but I didn’t realize how accurate it was, until I read them all. Let me add a warning you before you decide to read them: Not for the faint of heart.

Big Driver
Tess is a mystery writer, and like writers do, she attends a few speaking engagements throughout the year. Get close to her fans, talk about her latest book, and sign some autographs. She only has a couple o
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: king-me, july-2018
4.5 Stars

I've somehow stumbled into a Stephen King binge. Its been a long time since I've read Mr. King but I now appear to be back in.

Full Dark, No Stars is a collection of short stories each one in my opinion darker than the last. In my humble opinion no author does the short story collection better than Stephen King and this collection is just further proof of that.

Without spoiling anything I will now give a mini review of each story.

1922 -- 3 Stars
1922 is the first story in this collectio
Ashley Daviau
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a brilliant collection of novellas! It’s my second time around reading it and I enjoyed it even more this time around. The stories in this collection are just so dark and gripping, it’s definitely not a lighthearted read. It explores heavy topics and doesn’t hold back and that’s exactly what I love about King, he isn’t afraid to explore difficult topics! My favourite out of the collection is most definitely Big Driver, it just punched me right in the gut and made me feel such a rang ...more
Apr 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Emily May
Loved the first horrible story - "1922" - and the suggestion that greed and cruelty always come back to haunt you. Literally. The rest were just okay, though I did enjoy the overarching theme of exploring the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of everyone. ...more
Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s safe to say that, by today’s standards, Stephen King’s novellas are actually novels. Especially his horror novellas. When you have publishers considering 35,000 words “novel length”, it makes you wonder what the actual difference is between a novel and a novella and whether or not the distinction will make a lot of difference in the coming years. Buddy of mine, Gregor Xane, thinks novellas suit horror just fine, that they are the perfect length to bring on the scares and then GTFO of Dodge. ...more
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, favorites
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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
Stephen King has been scaring me for almost 40 years. Cars that want to kill. Vengeful underdogs. Crazy fans. Curses. Vampires. Possessed toys. Clowns. You name it -- he's scared me with it. There is just some incredibly demented stuff that pops out of that man's brain. It's his superpower. The last 20 years or so I missed some of his books. I was raising kids, know, adulting. And I missed a lot of great writing by my favorite authors. King included. Now that my kids are older (an ...more
Oct 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
As far as short story collections go, this was a mixed bag, and for me, was fairly mediocre for King, so this certainly wasn't King at his best. These stories were violent, uncomfortable to read at times, and they had that classic "King ring" to them, but they didn't have me on the edge of my seat.

The first story, 1922, I had already watched the film adaptation of, so I knew what was coming, and although it was well written, I have a feeling I ruined the experience for myself with that one.

Big D
Wayne Barrett


This was a great collection by King; 2 short stories and two stories that are actually novellas. My favorite of the bunch is 'A Good Marriage'. King does a great job establishing the feel of the relationship, given from the POV of the wife, and then leading us to her discovery that changes everything. This was such an eerie moment because of its possibility in real life. I'm sure it has actually happened in one way or another. What would go through your mind at that moment? And then what woul
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
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and for anyone who doesn’t mind a bit of creepiness and horror
This book is dark, harsh, and not for the faint of heart. I don’t usually care for horror and all the creepy, scary stuff at all, whether in books or movies. Nonetheless, King writes fabulously and reading this was the perfect remedy for temporarily getting my mind off things, such as this never-ending pandemic as well as all the recent news events.

These are four stories involving people doing horrific things to one another. The stories have an Alfred Hitchcock feel about them. I would recommen
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Main lesson: Don't get married. ...more
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
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Holy mother nature ❤ my first ever book of Stephen king( ya ya I know🙄, its stephen king how did you miss on him) well it's never to late 😬.
I had been thinking to get hold of his work but i was confused on which one to pick, few days back I was scrolling on quora to check what people recommended for Stephen king's newbies and I came across Full Dark No Star.
I'm so delighted to have read this book, definitely he is king of story telling.

FULL DARK NO STARS comprises of 4 stories each one of it's
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full Dark, No Stars

4.5 Stars

1922 – 5 Stars

A real dark story full of the dangers of human nature – greed, guilt, murder and karma! But ewwww RATS! I didn’t realise I had read this one before until I was quite a few pages in but when I realised I didn’t care. This is such a great short story and for a little read it has a great impact! I absolutely LOVE this just long enough perfection!

Big Driver - 5 Stars

This is why the Full Dark, No Stars is one of the BEST collection of short stories so man
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Oh look! My very first Stephen King, DONE!
I love short stories, so this felt like a good place to start (also recommended by a friend).

1922 - 4 stars - though I was told this was the worst of the collection, I have to say it left the largest impression on me. The overall tone was eerie and dark but I was also rooting for the characters at times, despite how foul they were portrayed at times. This also took up nearly half of the audiobook, and I felt like some of it could have been cut down. But
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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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