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You Like It Darker

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21st May 2024

Price: £31.99

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Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781399725125

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You like it darker? Fine, so do I‘, writes Stephen King in the afterword to this magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life – both metaphorical and literal. King has, for half a century, been a master of the form, and these stories, about fate, mortality, luck, and the folds in reality where anything can happen, are as rich and riveting as his novels, both weighty in theme and a huge pleasure to read. King writes to feel ‘the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind’, and in You Like it Darker, readers will feel that exhilaration too, again and again.

‘Two Talented Bastids’ explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In ‘Danny Coughlin’s Bad Dream’, a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny’s most catastrophically. In ‘Rattlesnakes’, a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance – with major strings attached. In ‘The Dreamers’, a taciturn Vietnam vet answers a job ad and learns that there are some corners of the universe best left unexplored. ‘The Answer Man’ asks if prescience is good luck or bad and reminds us that a life marked by unbearable tragedy can still be meaningful.

King’s ability to surprise, amaze, and bring us both terror and solace remains unsurpassed. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries; each feels iconic. You like it darker? You got it.

‘As classic as King’s novels are, his shorter fiction has been just as gripping over the years’ – USA Today

‘One of the great storytellers of our time’ – Guardian

Reviews

Guardian
One of the great storytellers of our time
USA Today
As classic as King's novels are, his shorter fiction has been just as gripping over the years
New Zealand Listener
Vintage King brings fate and luck into dark relief . . . among his best
New York Magazine
The titular darkness promised is as riveting and all-consuming as ever
Seattle Times
King is writing some of the best work of his long career
Publishers' Weekly
King proves he's still a master of short fiction in his sterling seventh collection... This remarkably assured collection will thrill the author's fans
Booklist
King's first book, Carrie, was published 50 years ago. YOU LIKE IT DARKER proves that he is still at the height of his powers. A triumph
Kirkus
A dozen tales from the master will draw you in-page by page, horror by horror-and hold you fast
Sunday Times
Displays his familiar, unmatched ability to embed moments of fantasy or horror in otherwise social-realist tales
New Scientist
One of my favourite writers
Glamour
King demonstrates once again why he reigns supreme in the realm of suspense and terror ... With his signature blend of vivid imagination and psychological depth, King delivers a riveting reading experience that will haunt readers long after they've turned the final page
The i
'You like it darker? Fine, so do I", the master of horror writes, and in these 12 stories, which delve into the darkest corners of humanity, King delivers
Daily Mail
Entertaining
Guardian
King is still the King
Saga Magazine
These 12 stories will have you on the edge of your deckchair. He's a genius at dialogue, mixing the mundane and the macabre, the bog-ordinary and the bizarre
Evening Standard
King explores the darkest aspects of human existence through metaphorical monsters and psychological thrills (and sometimes pure realism) while demonstrating how morality always has a chance to prevail