Cover of: Just after Sunset | Stephen King

Contributors

  • Designer
    Erich Hobbing

About the Book

This is Stephen's fifth short story collection.

About the Edition

STEPHEN KING--who has written more than fifty books, dozens of number one New York Times best-sellers, 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.
(jacket)

Table of Contents

Willa --
The gingerbread girl --
Harvey's dream --
Rest stop --
Stationary bike --
The things they left behind --
Graduation afternoon --
N. --
The cat from hell --
The New York Times at special bargain rates --
Mute --
Ayana --
A very tight place.

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2008

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3561.I483 J87 2008

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Number of pages
367
Dimensions
9.5 x 6.5 x 1.375 inches

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL18896080M
Internet Archive
justaftersunsets00king_0
ISBN 10
1416584080
ISBN 13
9781416584087
LC Control Number
2008013683
OCLC/WorldCat
966556739
Alibris ID
9781416584087
Google
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Amazon.com
1416584080
Library Thing
5252665
Goodreads
2906039
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