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A master storyteller at his bestâthe O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.
Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled listeners with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.
There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. âAfterlifeâ is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powersâthe columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in âObits;â the old judge in âThe Duneâ who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In âMorality,â King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devilâs pact they can win.
Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of Kingâs finest gifts to his constant fanââI made them especially for you,â says King. âFeel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.â
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