The second audio excerpt from Stephen King’s upcoming Full Dark, No Stars is now available from the book’s official website, this time from “Big Driver”, along with author King’s liner notes for that novella as well as “1922”. In addition, we have expanded synopses for both stories.
As a reminder, the narrators for the audio edition of Full Dark, No Stars are Craig Wasson (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors) and Jessica Hecht (Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take). To listen to the excerpt, either click the image to the right or visit the official Full Dark, No Stars website, where you can also read along with the excerpt.
You’ll find the liner notes below the two new synopses (expanded versions of “Fair Extension” and “A Good Marriage” are forthcoming) and a short commercial:
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Liner Notes for “1922”:
“Murder will out.” Heard it before? Me, too. But a cynic (or a police officer) might point to all the murders marked UNSOLVED…and that doesn’t even include the murders that are never discovered. Still, I wonder. I think of murder—especially one that’s premeditated—as a kind of corrupting ink that overspreads lives, darkening them. “1922” is a story about guilt, remorse, and corruption. It’s also about ghosts. Wilf James plots the murder of his wife and enlists his young son as his accomplice. Once Arlette is dead and buried, all should be well. But the suspicious county sheriff who comes sniffing around the James farm is the least of their problems. Arlette may be dead, but she’s most certainly not gone. The Hemingford County farm they killed for is now haunted, either by Arlette’s ghost or by the terrible guilt of what they have done. Either way, the rats have arrived, and they’ve started gnawing at the foundation of the quiet country life father and son killed for. When you finish this story, you may want to sleep with the lights on for awhile. I know I did.
Liner Notes for “Big Driver”:
In 1974, Charles Bronson starred in a movie called Death Wish. Driven insane with grief and rage following the death of his wife, Bronson’s character goes on a vigilante rampage against street-punks in New York City. The movie became a talking-point ten years later, when an unassuming young fellow named Bernard Goetz shot four would-be muggers on the New York subway. Since then, there have been a number of “American vigilante” movies, including one mentioned in this story, The Brave One, starring Jodie Foster. After being raped and left for dead, the heroine of “Big Driver” goes on a similar rampage. I think most of us would cheer her on. There’s something intensely satisfying about what used to be called “private justice.” But as Tess finds out, things that look simple on the surface can sometimes turn out to be a lot more complex, and by then, it’s usually too late to turn back. So here’s the question: once you pick up the gun, can you ever put it back down? “Big Driver” may not answer the question to your satisfaction, but it might make you think twice about the price of revenge.
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