Full Dark, No Stars

Stephen King

Full Dark, No Stars

A pitch-black quartet of unsettling tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. 4.1 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Full Dark, No Stars


Classification Fiction
Genre Horror & Ghost Stories, Crime, Thrillers & Mystery, Short Stories
Format Hardback
Pages 352
RRP £18.99
Date of Publication November 2010
ISBN 978-1444712544
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton

A pitch-black quartet of unsettling tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution.


The Evening Standard

Katie Law

...an extraordinary return to form


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The Sunday Telegraph

Matt Thorne

...an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point.


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The Washington Post

Bill Sheehan

Through his mastery of detail and his deceptively effortless narrative voice, King transforms this disquieting material into a disturbing, fascinating book.


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The Financial Times

Adrian Turpin

Hardly a comforting view of human nature, it makes for a gripping, and surprisingly thoughtful, read.


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The Guardian

Neil Gaiman

In his afterword, King states that he wanted the stories to linger in the imagination. And they do. They linger, and perhaps sometimes they even fester. But they are never less than satisfying and are fine stories to take with us into the night.


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The Independent

Roz Kaveney

King has always had an impressive eye for detail. One of the reasons why the three long stories here work so well is that the places where Bad Things happen are solidly imagined.


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The Independent on Sunday

Doug Johnstone

Interestingly, the disappointing offering here is the supernatural one – the territory for which King is probably most famous. But with the three other stories, he proves that he is still unrivalled at exploring modern America's heart of darkness.


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The Los Angeles Times

David L Ulin

For all King's interest in the supernatural, he is at his most acute when he deals with human evil, the depravity of which we are capable and the lengths to which we will go to convince ourselves that we are good. That depravity resides at the heart of A Good Marriage, which is far and away the best story in the collection, on par with King's most relentless works.


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The New York Times

Janet Maslin

Mr. King’s Full Dark, No Stars has a lot of straight-up horror. The sheer size of its rodent population is enough to stamp it with the horror label. But it will serve as a page turner even for the reader who is aghast at some of the whisker-twitching particulars


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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Martin

Full Dark, No Stars isn’t King’s best work, but of course, many or most of his readers will read it whether he’s on form or not. Like Woody Allen films for some and Bob Dylan albums for others, one buys them because there’s usually a flicker of genius somewhere and, if not, it’s worth supporting him until it comes back.


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