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Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781444712544
Date: 09 November 2010 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

There are very few authors out there who are commercially viable enough for major trade publishers to bring out collections of their shorter works, but the evergreen grandmaster himself Stephen King has a proven track record in this respect with Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight. This month sees a brand new collection, Full Dark, No Stars published, featuring four brand new novella length works. A hard cover from Hodder and Stoughton.

"'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. 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 the stranger is 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 inside herself.

'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'."

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