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Just After Sunset: Stories - Stephen King
Just After Sunset: Stories
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Stephen King-who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies-delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short... show more
Stephen King-who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies-delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire and other publications. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-a-San into a slimy birth canal, or a roadside honky-tonk into a place for endless love? A book salesman with a grievance might pick up a mute hitchhiker, not knowing the silent man in the passenger seat listens altogether too well. Or an exercise routine on a stationary bicycle, begun to reduce bad cholesterol, might take its rider on a captivating-and then terrifying-journey. Set on a remote key in Florida, "The Gingerbread Girl" is a riveting tale featuring a young woman as vulnerable-and resourceful-as Audrey Hepburn's character in Wait Until Dark. In "Ayana," a blind girl works a miracle with a kiss and the touch of her hand. For King, the line between the living and the dead is often blurry, and the seams that hold our reality intact might tear apart at any moment. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside . . . or keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset-call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite as it appears, when the imagination begins to reach for shadows as they dissipate to darkness and living daylight can be scared right out of you. It's the perfect time for Stephen King.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781416584087 (1416584080)
ASIN: 1416584080
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 367
Edition language: English
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JackieLoz
JackieLoz rated it
4.0 Just After Sunset: Stories
I love Stephen King short stories. This collection was no exception. He is a master at storytelling. The stories in this book that I enjoyed most were Stationary Bike – where a man tries to get fit and instead visits a world that only his stationary bike takes him to. The Things They Left Behind...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
The Gingerbread Girl The Thing’s They Left Behind, N. The Cat From Hell Willa A few good images but mostly boring. Stationary Bike, Harvey’s Dream, Rest Stop, Graduation Afternoon, Mute
blackguysdoread
blackguysdoread rated it
5.0 Just After Sunset: Stories
I've heard so many people critique Stephen King by saying that his books are always long and he needs editing. That boggles my brain, because to me he seems to be one of the only mainstream authors that consistently releases great short stories, short novels, and novellas. And this book once again p...
Inklings
Inklings rated it
King's stories always pull me in. There are some really creepy stories here. Some are tender. More than a couple had me yelling in frustration at the villians.
Read, Run, Ramble
Read, Run, Ramble rated it
3.0 Just After Sunset: Stories
All-in-all I liked this book...some stories were good; some not so much, but it kept me reading and interested. Some stories were time passers while others really made me think and wonder...could that happen...while at least one store I knew definitely could happen. Nothing room shattering great, bu...
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