Tomorrow, November 9th, is a day Stephen King fans have been waiting on for quite some time now. His new four-novella collection Full Dark, No Stars hits bookstore shelves everywhere, and to celebrate, the fourth and final official trailer for the tales has appeared online. On tap for today is “A Good Marriage” by Swedish director Tomas Nordstrom.
“1922” – “I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger…” writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up “1922,” the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness. (Listen to an excerpt here.)
“Big Driver” – In “Big Driver,” a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself. (Listen to an excerpt here.)
“Fair Extension” – “Fair Extension,” the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil – never a stranger from most people with something to lose – not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment. (Listen to an excerpt here.)
“A Good Marriage” – When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable, and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage. (Listen to an excerpt here.)