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Just After Sunset (Hardcover)

Author:  Stephen King
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1416584080
ISBN-13: 9781416584087
Sku: 207891181
Publish Date: 11/11/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.75L x 1.5T
Pages:  400
Age Range:  NA
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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.

From the Publisher:
A collection of short works is comprised of pieces that previously appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Playboy, and McSweeney's, in a volume that includes such tales as "The Gingerbread Girl" and "N." 1,250,000 first printing.
Annotation:
The "king of horror" offers up a collection of wonderfully conceived and devilishly executed short stories. Stephen King's ability to cook up a fiendish conceit is legendary, and these shorter works, which have appeared previously in The New Yorker, Playboy, Esquire, and elsewhere, prove his talent for taking a Twilight Zone style premise--a cursed saloon, a mute hitchhiker, a portable lavatory that acts as a ghastly womb--and firing it to a white-hot heat in the crucible of his imagination.
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] is a tireless storyteller...And simple, everyday situations became his open portals to fantasy and horror...[A] succinct, fast-moving collection...you can read...on a dark and stormy night and shiver." - Janet Maslin 11/05/2008

"Like epidoses from THE TWILIGHT ZONE, many of the stories hinge upon 'a small but noticeable hole in the column of reality.' As King writes, '[I]t's how we see the world that keeps the darkness beyond the world at bay.' And as he tells the reader, 'I hope at least one of [the stories] keeps you awake for a while after the lights are out.'" 09/01/2008

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