Just After Sunset by Stephen King
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A stunning collection from international bestseller Stephen King that displays his phenomenally broad readership (stories published in The New Yorker, Playboy, and McSweeney’s and including the 25,000 word story “Gingerbread Girl” published in Esquire).

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.
 

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. Joe Hill is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Heart-Shaped Box and Horns and writes an ongoing comic book series, Locke & Key. He makes lots of noise on Twitter under the handle @joe_hill.
 
Published November 6, 2008 by Scribner. 388 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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King (Duma Key, 2008, etc.) returns with his first volume of short stories in six years.

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The New York Times

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A new short-story collection takes Stephen King back to the form that gave him his seat-of-the-pants start.

Nov 23 2008 | Read Full Review of Just After Sunset: Stories

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A new short-story collection takes Stephen King back to the form that gave him his seat-of-the-pants start.

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Often King will tell the story in retrospect ('I didn't think I would ever tell this story.

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At other times — as in "The Cat from Hell" — there's a palpable 1950s feel, a schadenfreude of both form and content that reminds you of what the story notes call "the poisoned bon-bons" produced to support the insatiable appetite of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series.

Nov 14 2008 | Read Full Review of Just After Sunset: Stories

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Just After Sunset by Stephen King Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Stephen King: what a guilty pleasure.

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'There lots of things in life that are like riding a bike,' says Stephen King in his introduction to Just After Sunset, 'but writing short stories isn't one of them.

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Just After Sunset by Stephen King Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop "Many bestselling novelists don't write short stories," Stephen Ki...

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At other times — as in "The Cat from Hell" — there's a palpable 1950s feel, a schadenfreude of both form and content that reminds you of what the story notes call "the poisoned bon-bons" produced to support the insatiable appetite of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series.

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Publishers Weekly

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In the introduction to his first collection of short fiction since Everything's Eventual (2002), King credits editing Best American Short Stories (2007) with reigniting his interest in the short form and inducing some of this volume's contents.

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Book Reporter

[I suspect King will take that as a compliment, especially since I still could not stop reading.]) Readers won't want to skip over the author’s notes at the end of JUST AFTER SUNSET, in which King explains how each story came to him.

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AV Club

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The 13 previously uncollected short stories in this anthology tend to start strong and never reach the finish line.

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There are 13 stories in Stephen King's latest collection, Just After Sunset.

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Suite 101

While the book has an apt number of 13 stories, the stories vary in quality with a few that may not be up to the standard that fans expect, however, the others are well written, intriguing and will keep the reader thinking about them long after they finish reading them and almost wishing they did...

Feb 12 2010 | Read Full Review of Just After Sunset: Stories

Tampa Bay Times

• Stephen King's new short story collection, Just After Sunset, finds him contemplating even scarier things: old age, survivor guilt and real estate deals gone fatally sour.

Dec 13 2008 | Read Full Review of Just After Sunset: Stories

Curled Up

The latest from bestselling author Stephen King (The Shining, Lisey’s Story) is a short story collection entitled Just After Sunset.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Stories: Nothing is quite what it seems in the 13 stories collected here.

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Strange Horizons

But as the journey went on, it becomes more and more interesting, perhaps the best story King's written.

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Military.com

King confesses in the introduction that he used the stories in "Sunset" as a kind of refresher course on writing short fiction: "I remember messing one up and thinking of an aging sword-maker, looking helplessly at a fine Toledo blade and musing, 'I used to know how to make this stuff.'" Althou...

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