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Full Dark, No Stars : featuring 1922, now a Netflix film

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From the master of the long story form, the Sunday Times No. 1 besteller, Full Dark, No Stars - described by the Sunday Telegraph as 'an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point' - now with a stunning new cover look.

Is it possible to fully know anyone? Even those we love the most? What tips someone over the edge to commit a crime?

In '1922', a story which was adapted into a Netflix original film, a Nebraska farmer, the turning point comes when his wife threatens to sell off the family homestead.

In 'Big Driver', a cozy mystery writer plots a savage revenge after a brutal encounter with a stranger.

In 'Fair Extension', Dave Streeter gets the chance to cure himself from illness - if he agrees to impose misery on an old rival.

In 'A Good Marriage', Darcy Anderson discovers a box containing her husband's dark and terrifying secrets - he's not the man who keeps his nails short and collects coins. And now he's heading home . . .

And readers have a treat in store, with a bonus story, 'Under the Weather'.

Like DIFFERENT SEASONS and FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, FULL DARK, NO STARS proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 34mm | 320g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 144471256X
  • 9781444712568
  • 6,701

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Fine stories to take with us into the night
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Fine stories to take with us into the night * Neil Gaiman in the Guardian * An extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless and a career high point * Matt Thorne in the * America's greatest living novelist * Lee Child * Mr. King's gift of storytelling is unrivaled. His ferocious imagination is unlimited * George Pelecanos * The genius of King is not the fecundity of his imagination, great though it is, but the empathy he can create between the reader and a character . . . He is . . . not a national, but global treasure . . . just buy the book. Trust me, you won't be disappointed * Scotsman * The collection's story stand-out story is the final novella . . . resembles Hitchcock's Suspicion with extra turns of the screw. * The Sunday Times * offers striking reminders of King's mastery of structure . . . compulsively readable * Private Eye *
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About Stephen King

STEPHEN KING is the author of more than seventy books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. He is an acclaimed master of the short narrative form. His novella collections include Full Dark, No Stars and Just After Sunset, described in the Sunday Telegraph as 'mysterious, gripping and satisfyingly scary'. Some of King's recent No. 1 bestsellers are Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute and The Outsider.

Many of his titles are the basis for major motion pictures, TV series and streamed events, including the classic film Stand By Me (adapted from The Body), Apt Pupil and The Shawshank Redemption, which is IMDb's top-rated movie of all time.

Stephen King was the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association LIfetime achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. In 2007, he also won the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife novelist Tabitha King.
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Rating details

102,760 ratings
4.07 out of 5 stars
5 36% (36,767)
4 41% (42,300)
3 18% (18,997)
2 3% (3,470)
1 1% (1,226)

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Fantastic work yet again (Stephen King has delivered yet again always enjoy his work 10/10show more
by Robert Burnett
I have come to expect a lot from Stephen King, especially his short stories and novellas, and I was not disappointed. The four stories in this anthology were all very well written, engaging, engrossing and (as one would expect from the King) just a little disturbing. The first story, 1922 is presented as the written confession of a farmer who, by murdering his wife, destroyed his son, his soul and his peace of mind. This tale demonstrates how, by our own actions, we can create for ourselves a hell on Earth long before we encounter any kind of divine punishment. The second story, Big Driver, is the best description of how it feels to be raped that I have read by someone who hasn't actually experienced this horror for themselves. It highlights the humiliation, the terror, the anger, the disgust, the burning need for revenge combined with the desperate desire to hide that is felt by many victims of this awful crime. The third story, Fair Extension, shows the lengths many of us are willing to go to in order to topple those of whom we are jealous and to put our own selfish interests ahead of the interests of those around us. Many of us are all too eager to do a deal with the devil, no trickery or bribery needed. The fourth, and final, story is called A Good Marriage. In my opinion, this is the best of the four. By reading this tale, we are asked just how well we can really know another person, even those nearest and dearest to us. What would we do if we found out our most-loved ones had been hiding a horrible secret from us, so terrible that we refused, at first, to believe it to be true? Could you suddenly stop loving someone who turned out to be evil? As is typical for Stephen King's works, these stories are enjoyable to read while they last, and stay in your mind, churning your thoughts, exciting your emotions and disturbing your peace long after they are finished. I have made no secret of the fact that King is one of my favourite authors, so it should come as no surprise to you that I highly recommend this book.show more
by Nurture Waratah
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