Full Dark, No Stars

Book Review: Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Stephen King requires no introduction. A legend in the genre of horror stories, his short stories have thrilled and scared legions of ardent readers. The movies based on his works have turned into cult hits and almost every one pays homage to one of the scariest writers on earth.

Whenever I recommend a book to a known acquaintance, I usually state a couple of reasons for doing so. There can be cases where my taste may differ from others and so its helpful to clear that up with them before forcing my wise talk down their throats. This book ” Full Dark, No Stars” is a collection of short stories penned down by Stephen King. Though I have read a few of his works only a few have set my body into a nervous state, I still consider Stephen King as a prolific writer of horror stories who should be read by all in order to get that rustic taste of fear that is missing in the works of most other writers.

This book really freaked me out when I read it for the first time and I haven’t felt this way before. The stories in this collection are rough, brash without any sugar coatings. It is just plain old scary stories that come to haunt you back again and again.

The afterword mentions the following, “the stories in this book are harsh. You may find them hard to read in places”.

My favourite is 1922

A man kills his wife over land and that’s just the beginning and a fraction of the horrors in this tale. Killing his wife is only the tip of the iceberg as the events that follow later are chilling as the man faces incidents he could never imagine in his wildest dreams.

My conclusion is that these shorts are superbly dark, they seem to creep with darkness and are some of the most brutal stories you will read – Stephen King is back!