Just After Sunset

Just After Sunset

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Book - 2008
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Stephen King -- who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times bestsellers, and many unforgettable movies -- delivers an astonishing collection of short stories, his first since Everything's Eventual six years ago. As guest editor of the bestselling Best American Short Stories 2007, King spent over a year reading hundreds of stories. His renewed passion for the form is evident on every page of Just After Sunset. The stories in this collection have appeared in The New Yorker, Playboy, McSweeney's, The Paris Review, Esquire, and other publications. 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. In one of the longer stories here, "N.," which recently broke new ground when it was adapted as a graphic digital entertainment, a psychiatric patient's irrational thinking might create an apocalyptic threat in the Maine countryside...or keep the world from falling victim to it. Just After Sunset-- call it dusk, call it twilight, it's a time when human intercourse takes on an unnatural cast, when nothing is quite 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2008.
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781416584087
1416584080
Characteristics: 367 p. ; 25 cm.

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Calvacade
Feb 04, 2017

High quality collection of Stephen King short stories- worth reading.

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BWilsoned
Oct 08, 2015

What happens when we die? King gives us one take on this in "Willa" as he opens this collection of short horror stories and comes back to it in the New York Times story. Got a gripe with stationary bikes? There's a story in here for you. Dreams feature in many of these stories, or rather, nightmares. Is OCD contagious? How thin is the veil that separates our reality from another, grimly dark one full of monsters? Hmmm. . . read 'N'.
From Harvey's Dream to Graduation Day to Mute, King continues to surprise us. My favorite one is 'The Things They Left Behind', that deals with some of the aftermath of the 9/11 real-life horror.
There's even an evil cat story, of which I don't think my friend Claudette would approve; however, no cats are killed in this story--NOT a spoiler.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 08, 2014

A few thought-provoking, above average tales, but mostly fairly mediocre. This is about what I expect from Stephen King, so I wasn't disappointed!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "There's just something fun about reading spooky stories by Stephen King, in the thick heat of summer. And many of the 13 stories in this 2008 collection take place in the sunshine, but that certainly doesn't make them any less dark. Everyone knows King is the "Master of Horror", but he is also a master of the short story. When confined to a few dozen pages instead of several hundred, the amazing detail, richness of his characters and truly horrifying plot twists are even sharper. My favourite story in the bunch is N., about a psychiatrist who is "infected" by the delusions of a patient. But I really enjoyed all of them. Creepy, unsettling, at many points funny, and definitely an entertaining read. "

triptophan Mar 29, 2014

Boring Steven King novel. Not one of his best.

indigo_lion_24 Jun 27, 2012

My first real introduction to King's fiction and i must say i appreciate his talent at exploring everyday human beings in bizzare situations.

The writing flows nicely through the character's head.

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leapflow
Dec 10, 2010

I enjoyed King's written word, once again, however I could do without the vulgarity (ex. "man-tits") that his text takes on at times. Fun stories, if you don't attach yourself onto their brooding darkness.

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vanravenstein
Oct 12, 2010

This collection of short stories is, in my opinion, the best thing King's written in a while. They are reminiscent of the great short story collections he's written in the past. I especially liked the stories entitled The gingerbread girl, Rest stop, The cat from hell, Mute and A very tight place. You may remember Cat from hell from the film Tales from the darkside: the movie.

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ClickToMinimize
May 15, 2010

Amazing book first short story is rather boring and pointless but dont skip it its worth reading

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lisabo
Sep 09, 2009

Fun, frightening, and terrific. Stephen King is a genius!

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

A new collection composed almost entirely of previously published short stories. In the final section, King explains something about the stories he has included.

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