Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars – book review

 Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars
 Paperback edition
 Simon & Shuster / Pocket Books

If horror fans assumed Mr. King no longer had it within himself to go deep into the black pit of the human psyche, Full Dark, No Stars should set them straight. In fact, taking time to write novels of more literary acceptable subject matter (Hearts in Atlantis, The Green Mile), seemed to have only made the well of horror deeper and darker. “Full Dark…”  is a collection of stories that are brutally dismal and violent. King always has the knack for getting the reader to fully empathized with the characters in his stories, no matter what type of character they may be. I have never been a farmer but I fully understood the desperation of the farmer’s life in “1922”. We follow the lives’ of several other characters in “Full Dark,…” as they fall into the deep pit of nightmares. These stories are more grounded in reality than much of King’s previous works and at times, much like Poe, you question if something supernatural is actually happening or if the subjects are just loosing their respective minds. As a bonus, the paperback edition includes an extra story, titled, Under The Weather. This one is only twenty-five pages, the shortest of the collection but fits nicely within the theme of the book. If you had already purchased the Hardcover version of Full Dark, No Stars I would suggest downloading the extra story or just read it at your local bookstore.

6 thoughts on “Stephen King – Full Dark, No Stars – book review

    • Under the Weather is a good read but it is short and not anything super-new in concept. I wouldn’t re-purchase the book for that one story. Perhaps you can spend 20 minutes in a book store and read it : ) Didn’t read his latest but will get to it eventually. I did read a short-story he wrote with his son about a biker gang being hunted by a malevolent spirit as they make their final trek… can’t remember what anthology that was in. Do you know?

      • Imported books are rarely opened, they all sealed inside plastic, so reading in bookstore is not possible. But I won’t buy another copy either because I still have many books by King that I need to catch up.

        I have heard that he wrote a story with Joe Hill, but I haven’t read it yet.

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