ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 86

86. Just After Sunset, by Stephen King. Stephen King's latest compilation of short stories is a great read. Most of them are horror, and all have horrific elements, but there's a lot of variety. There's The Gingerbread Girl and A Very Tight Place, which have no supernatural elements but are probably the freakiest stories because there are no "unexplained phenomenon" -- just human nature at its worst. Mute is probably the closest to non-horror, but it does pose some interesting moral dilemnas. Some are bittersweet, like Willa, where a young couple finds a new life (literally) in an old honkytonk bar, and The Things They Left Behind, a haunting tribute to the September 11 terrorist attacks. The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates also falls in this category, when a recently widowed woman gets a phone call that gives her not only a chance at closure but later saves her life. The most frightening story in my opinion was "N." This reminded me in some ways of The Ring. Probably because of it's spooky repeating-pattern nature, if that makes any sense. All in all, very enjoyable.
Tags: horror, short stories

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