2009: 8. Just After Sunset

“You don’t see what’s right in front of your eyes, she’d said, but sometimes he did.”

First Lines of “Willa”

Just After Sunset, Stephen King

This is a new collection of Stephen King stories, in which he show us all how it’s done.  Sorry, Joe Hill, but as good as your stories were, your dad is still the master of the creepy short story.  Which is not to say these are all perfect, but unlike his recent novels (which often creep to the bloated), these are lean, mean tales that get you in and out and get it done.  I just enjoyed the heck out of this book.  

And, at least one of them has hit me so hard that I still can’t think about it sometimes, though not for the reason King intended.  “The Gingerbread Man” tells the story of a woman who becomes a runner and it saves her from a terrible situation.  But it is also the story of a woman whose baby died (presumably from SIDS) and contains the following sentence talking about the baby’s death, “She had done it like a little lady; never a peep from the baby monitor.”  And, seriously forget the vampires, and ghosts and serial killers in this book - that is the horror story that keeps me up at night.  Words fail me. The other stories were good old fashioned King stories, but that one hit me where I live...

Date/Place Completed: 1/7/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction

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