‘I shoot from the hip and keep a stiff upper lip’ – King channels AC/DC in the preface to his latest collection of short stories, a hefty tome of almost 500 pages.
King certainly lives up to that in this varied and wide ranging collection, and while some stories have appeared previously in various different formats, others are brand spanking new.
From the opening ‘Mile 81’, reminiscent of his novel ‘From A Buick 8’, to the closing poignant tale ‘Summer Thunder’, this collection shows King is a far more versatile author than just the horror writer many unjustly mistake him for. Yes, there are horror stories here, but other pieces, such as Mr Yummy, display an often overlooked more sensitive side to his writing.
Also featured are a few poetry selections, and each of the stories is prefaced by an interesting and informative look at its development and inspiration.
As in any bazaar, there are treasures and jewels to be found if you explore what’s on offer, but as King himself says of these short stories ‘Please be careful, the best of them have teeth.’
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