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Full Dark, No Stars (Hardcover)

Author:  Stephen King
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Format: Hardcover Large Print
ISBN-10: 1602859469
ISBN-13: 9781602859463
Sku: 217576799
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Pages:  590
Age Range:  NA
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Stephen King kicks off this outstanding collection of four pieces of short fiction with a confession: "April 11, 1930. Magnolia Hotel, Omaha, Nebraska. To whom it may concern. My name is Wilfred Leland James, and this is my confession." In the story that follows, the narrator details the circumstances and justifications of murdering his wife. The other stories are not historical, like this one, but they all share a commonality: a relentlessly dark perspective tempered only occasionally by humor and made irresistible by King's ability to call evil by it's full name and look it straight in the eye.
Author Bio
Stephen King
Born in 1947, Stephen King has become a household name all over the world. His mother raised him and his brother after their father deserted the family in 1950. In high school, King began to write short stories, his first published work appearing in 1968. He attended the University of Maine, graduating with a B.S. in 1970. Up until his first novel appeared, King had worked in an industrial laundry, as a janitor, as well as an English teacher. CARRIE, his debut, was met by a largely indifferent public in 1974. It wasn't until two years later, after King's second novel 'SALEM'S LOT and the filmed version of CARRIE, that King became a major player in the horror field. THE SHINING, his 1977 haunted hotel novel, began a litany of bestsellers, including THE STAND, THE DEAD ZONE, PET SEMETARY, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, and many others. King's work is regarded as instrumental in bringing about a resurgence of interest in horror fiction in the 1970s and '80s. An extremely high percentage of King's voluminous literary output has been filmed, with varying degrees of success, but all serving to carry the name of Stephen King far and wide. He has written nonfiction, given lectures, acted in films, and continues to produce huge novels nearly every year, all of which become instant bestsellers. As an bizarre sidenote, during the summer of 1999 while walking along a back road in Maine, King was struck and seriously injured by a minivan whose driver apparently lost control of the vehicle while being distracted by his dog--thus creating exactly the kind of news item that might have inspired several of King's own novels.

Praise

"King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes....these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable." (starred review) 09/27/2010

"Whatever the length at which he writes, Mr. King leaves readers with a simple, one-word message: Gotcha!" - Janet Maslin 11/08/2010

"[I]t takes no effort to read FULL DARK, NO STARS. The pages practically turn themselves. Not so unusual for a King book where weirder things always happen." - Carol Memmott 11/07/2010

"A writer who takes such unabashed joy in the act of storytelling is a rarity." - Terrence Rafferty 11/28/2010

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