2011: 81. Full Dark, No Stars


"The one thing nobody asked in casual conversation, Darcy thought in the days after she found what she found in the garage, was this: How's your marriage?" ~ First line of "A Good Marriage"

Full Dark, No Stars, Stephen King

      Although I blogged about Under the Dome first, this is really the book that sent me off on my latest Stephen King binge (well, that and the prospect of reading 11/22/63, when I get my hands on a copy).  I picked this up at a train station, to read on my way back from an argument in New York (btw, best thing about being a Government lawyer is that you can enjoy your return trip, instead of trying to shove billable hours in there), and sat down and read the whole thing, cover to cover, and enjoyed the heck out of it (though I did skip a few pages that I decided were just too scary, in the story "Big Driver".).  It's a classic King collection of novellas, along the lines of Different Seasons, though these are more straight up horror stories.  My only complaint is that the back cover promises "Five unforgettable short works" - and the book only has four! Stupid copywrighter.

     Of the stories, my favorite was "A Good Marriage" which concerns what happens when you find out that the person you are married to is totally, unimaginably different from who you thought they were.  But they are all good - all except one is about human horror, too - not the supernatural, but the worst things that people can do to each other.  If you can stomach that sort of thing, this is a great collection.

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