Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mini Review: Full Dark, No Stars: 1922 by Stephen King

There were a few short stories in this book and I could only make it through one.

1922 is a 133 page, mostly psychological thriller about a man who decides to murder his wife. He also convinces his 14 year old son that this is a good idea. It's written as his confession so he's speaking directly to us, the reader.

What made this not so short story so difficult to get through wasn't the subject matter or the gore in general - it was the long and drawn out inner thoughts of this man. While I did end up feeling terribly for the guy, I wished there was a bit more action.

On the flip-side, the story itself was incredible when King decided to tell it. The way he crafted just the right amount of words to describe the scratching sound a rat makes. Or the way he illustrated his wife's demise in just enough detail that you cringe as you imagine it! How immensely horrifying. I have thusly discovered that I'm not suited for this sort of thriller.

Had I had made it through all the short stories, I am absolutely certain I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars! Recommended for fans of horror and Stephen King.


  1. This one is definitely not for me...I am a real wimp when it comes to scary stuff - I have only read one Stephen King book, Misery, and that was on a dare!

    Saw your earlier post -- hope you're feeling better, and congrats on the job!

  2. Nice analysis.
    I'm not a short story fan but do enjoy Stephen King.

  3. Hope you have a good birthday with some good dancing, CCR is the group my wife and I love to dance to. Whenever we hear Proud Mary, it's off to the dance floor.


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