Full Dark, No Stars

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

‘I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.
In 'Big Driver', a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger is along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face to face with another stranger: the one inside herself.
'Fair Extension', the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Harry Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable, and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends 'A Good Marriage'.
Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring hit films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long-story form.


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Wow - this is excellent!

My first SK book and I'm looking out for my next as this was superb. All 4 stories were great but the 1st 2 were excellent and the 2nd my favourite. I was on tender hooks and thought it was just as edge of the seat as it would have been had it been on the screen, the narration is flawless, both narrators brought the stories to life and had me hooked.I suggested my son give this a go for his intro to audio and he's hooked now too! Even if you think you're not usually a SK fan you will be after this. One of my favourites now. Highly recommend.
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- Mrs Mac


I waited with a huge amount of anticipation for this book of short stories and boy was I not dissapointed. King has the most amazing talent for short stories and I have to admit that while I thouroughly enjoy his novels, I am most in awe of his collection of short stories.

Short stories is perhaps an incorrect discription,they are more like 4 novellas, each stand alone, and what makes them all the more thrilling is that they are about 'ordinary people in extraordinary situations' to quote Steve himself. And to be perfectly true, I could quite imagine actual ordinary people in these situations........perhaps this piece of work is art imitating life, which is very rare in the horror genre.

This is a first class piece of work and dare I say one of Kings finest creations and perhaps my most favourite of all.....early King at his best!!

Get it, even if your not a huge King fan, at least one of these novellas will make you stop in your tracks and wonder....
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- Emma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 17-11-2010
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited