In "Just After Sunset" Stephen King delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since "Everything's Eventual" six years ago. One of the longer stories in this book, "N.," recently broke ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment and brought to vibrant life through a series of twenty-five video episodes. ...
In "Just After Sunset" Stephen King delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since "Everything's Eventual" six years ago. One of the longer stories in this book, "N.," recently broke ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment and brought to vibrant life through a series of twenty-five video episodes. Introduced by the author, those episodes are presented on the DVD included in this Collector's Set. A trailer for the video episodes and a special "Behind the Scenes" segment complete the DVD package available only in this special edition of the book. Who but Stephen King would turn a Port-O-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. "N." tells the story of a psychiatrist who falls victim to the same deadly obsession as his patient-an obsession that just might save the world! "Just After Sunset" -- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing isquite 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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Stephen King is such a good writer, in my opinion, that he has spoiled me for other writers. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short stories and didn't want it to end. I also appreciate that he follows up at the end with a bit of info about writing each of the stories. Thanks.
Sep 17, 2010
Great book, great service!!! I will recommend this site to others.
Jul 8, 2009
Just After Sunset: Short Stories
With the exception of ?From A Buick 8?, this is the worst Stephen King book I?ve ever read. There is literally only one short story that is of any good, ?N.? And ?A Very Tight Place? was out right gross and disgusting! ?Mute? was just okay. The rest are not worth reading. This book failed to live up to the expectations that I have from Stephen King. Or, is he loosing his touch?
Jun 4, 2009
Stephen King just gets better & better.
His writing is showing a depth and matureness that suits him.
This book was perfect for summer reading.
Apr 16, 2009
good book, his latest but not his best....will still add to collection for grandson
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-01 In the introduction to his first collection of short fiction since Everything's Eventual (2002), King credits editing Best American Short Stories (2007) with reigniting his interest in the short form and inducing some of this volume's contents. Most of these 13 tales show him at the top of his game, molding the themes and set pieces of horror and suspense fiction into richly nuanced blends of fantasy and psychological realism. "The Things They Left Behind," a powerful study of survivor guilt, is one of several supernatural disaster stories that evoke the horrors of 9/11. Like the crime thrillers "The Gingerbread Girl" and "A Very Tight Place," both of which feature protagonists struggling with apparently insuperable threats to life, it is laced with moving ruminations on mortality that King attributes to his own well-publicized near-death experience. Even the smattering of genre-oriented works shows King trying out provocative new vehicles for his trademark thrills, notably "N.," a creepy character study of an obsessive-compulsive that subtly blossoms into a tale of cosmic terror in the tradition of Arthur Machen and H.P. Lovecraft. Culled almost entirely from leading mainstream periodicals, these stories are a testament to the literary merits of the well-told macabre tale. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2008-12-22 King's latest anthology reminds readers that while his many works contains supernatural elements, his true skill as a writer lies in his ability to tap into the minds of his characters and, more importantly, his readers. The story topics are scattered, but most have that signature King style that blurs the line between fiction and reality. His most effective story, "N," is a tale about obsession and compulsion that will make even the mellowest listeners a bit paranoid. Part of the beauty of this tale is the use of multiple narrators for different points of view. Using a different narrator for each story works well. (Ron McLarty's Stationary Bike and Mare Winningham's The Gingerbread Girl were previously produced and released as solo efforts.) King reads the introduction, one story and the end notes about each story. While not necessarily of the same caliber as his co-narrators (including Jill Eikenberry, Holter Graham, George Guidall, Denis O'Hare and Karen Ziemba), his ability as a narrator has improved significantly over the years. A Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Sept. 1). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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