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Full Dark, No Stars; The Secrets that Haunt Us

So this is my first review of a Stephen King book. Won’t lie, it is fairly intimidating to write this. I’m such a huge King nerd, it’s hard for me to say anything negative, even about his worst works. I read all the way through Insomnia, and though it’s clearly his worst work, I still kind of enjoyed it!
Thankfully, I have nothing but good things to report on Full Dark, No Stars. I recant all my bitching about how Stephen King has stopped writing horror, and become strictly a drama kind of guy. This collection of two novellas, and two short stories (or is it three novellas, and one short story?) is King at his bloody finest.
I’m a big fan of themed anthologies, and this sucker has the theme of dark secrets. Most of them have to do with murders. If I had any critique of new Stephen King, it is that he seems to write less supernatural horror fiction. Still, there is the shortest story (possibly the only short story, but I’m too lazy to check if the last tale is novella length or not), Fair Extension, which is supernatural. And the first story references ghosts, so it has a supernatural tint to it. First story, 1922 seems like a flipped version of Dolores Claiborne.
Won’t spoil the stories for you, but suffice it to say, they are all twisted and black as pitch. King is one blade that hasn’t lost its edge with age.
Oh, and I realize this is a year late. My bad. I only got it last Christmas, and though it’s not an adequate excuse, look, I’m only one guy here!


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