Following on the heels of
the stunning #1 bestseller Under
the Dome comes a new collection
of four original, never-before-published stories from Stephen King.
“I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…”
writes Wilfred Leland James at the start of a riveting confession that makes up
“1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen
King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes
selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a
gruesome train of murder and madness.
In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess
encounters a stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a
shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess
plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one
“Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is
perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil
not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense
for a lifetime of resentment.
When her husband of more than twenty years is away
on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage.
Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the
stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with
bristling intensity, and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”
Full Dark, No Stars
proves Stephen King is a master of the long story form.