Monday, April 25, 2011

Review: Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales by Stephen King

Synopsis: A collection of 14 short stories, containing horror, fantasy, the macabre and gore. For a more detailed description, go here.
The stories, in order, are:

Autopsy Room Four
The Man in the Black Suit
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
The Death of Jack Hamilton
In the Deathroom
The Little Sisters of Eluria
Everything's Eventual
L. T.'s Theory of Pets
The Road Virus Heads North
Lunch at the Gotham Café
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French
Riding the Bullet
Luckey Quarter

Review: This was my first introduction to Stephen King's fiction. I read his On Writing last year and it was one of my top 10 reads. I figured it was time to delve into his fiction.
I started with short stories because I have a low tolerance for horror. I have an active imagination and I'm prone to vivid dreams, and I don't need to give them any more fodder.
As it was, this collection add few macabre elements to my dreams and I am thankful for that. They did, however, intrigue me and entertain and give me a goosebumps at least twice.
Of the fourteen tales, 1408 was by far the creepiest; In the Deathroom was the most suspenseful; Little Sisters of Eluria was the most intense; All That You Love Will Be Carried Away ended the worst (meaning it left me hanging).
In my humble opinion, this is an excellent collection, a sampling if you will, of King's work, and an excellent first-dip into his fiction.

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

Date Finished: 04-25-2011
Pages: 459

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