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You Like It Darker
You Like It Darker: Stories | Stephen King
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From legendary storyteller and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary new collection of twelve short stories, many never-before-published, and some of his best EVER. 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 lifeboth 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 Coughlins Bad Dream, a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Dannys most catastrophically. In Rattlesnakes, a sequel to Cujo, a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritancewith 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. Kings 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.
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TieDyeDude
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I feel like Leonard Cohen is an artist I could really sink into, but I'm not familiar with his work aside from a handful of songs and the album You Want It Darker, which was released just weeks before his death. I've been listening to it more this year, as I think of it every time I hear about Stephen King's latest. "On the Level" is a brilliant song.

https://youtu.be/M0uq5cgd2So

#tuesdaytunes

Eyelit Love Cohen! (And especially love this photo of him) 16h
vivastory I typically don't tend to recommend best of compilations but in the case of Leonard Cohen I highly recommend both “The Best Of“ & “More Best Of“ I feel a bit strange saying this about best of albums but they truly are some of my favorites of all-time 16h
TheBookHippie I highly recommend his books my favorite is 16h
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IndoorDame He‘s one of my all time favorites! 12h
AllDebooks @TheBookHippie I agree. His poetry collections are incredible 12h
kspenmoll Agree with u all- he is amazing. 11h
Kerrbearlib I love that picture! 5h
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Mirazzles
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I‘ve been waiting for the moment all weekend when I could finally sit down and crack this one open!

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julesG
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Pickpick

Especially liked the longer stories: The Dream and Rattlesnakes

Thanks for pushing me, without pushing me @Oryx @TrishB @scripturient

#52bookclub24SummerReadingList
#Longjump

TrishB I liked the longer ones too (unsurprisingly!) 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds good. I have ordered. ❤️ 2w
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JuliaRReads
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It's been awhile since I have read Stephen King. I love that this is a book of his short stories. My love of reading started with Stephen King!!

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EverydayImReading
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For me no one does short stories like Stephen King. This collection is so good. Some stories are almost novellas. Danny Coughlins bad dream is superb and the Jalbert/Javert cop so sinister. The answer man, 😢 I‘m driving fast past any stands with red umbrellas on the roadside from now on. I flew through these so fast that I will go back and re read some again. Nice nod to Leonard Cohen in the title. Thank you from a Constant reader ❤️

Cathythoughts Great review Sinead. Looking forward to it. ❤️👍🏻 2w
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Sara_Planz
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These stories explore the idea of "darkness" in all the forms it comes. While all of the stores resonated with me, "Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream" is a story that had me completely engrossed. The joy of this collection is its ability to dance from genre to genre with a similar thread through each story, putting King's nuance as a writer on full display. I've grown up on his writing, and as I approach my 50's, his books continue to affect me.

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MrT
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Managed to find a purple slipcase set of both the WHS & Waterstones editions ☺️

Just waiting on the Independent Booksellers & US editions to arrive

Caroline2 Ohhh 🤩 3w
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Out of 12 short stories only 2 were like 'O kayyyyyy and?' My favorites: Two Talented Bastids, and The Answer Man
I enjoyed the rest, but for some reason I did not find myself compelled to pick up this book. Haven't felt that way about SK since Fairy Tale 😕

33/62

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Mccall0113
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Constant reader over here

TheBookgeekFrau My current situation is almost this exact picture!! Biggest difference is that I have shoes on 😂 (edited) 3w
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julesG
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GASP!!! at the end of chapter 51 (the Danny story) there's Ella letting out a breath she wasn't aware of holding!

Mr King, I choked on my morning tea! 😂😂😂

@Oryx @TrishB @scripturient
#Gladstonerds

Ruthiella 😱 It‘s insidious. Claire Keegan also used it in 3w
Oryx I spotted that too. I wondered if it was on purpose... I hope 3w
julesG @Oryx I thought it was on purpose. And it came as quite a surprise. 3w
julesG @Ruthiella I wonder if established authors do it on purpose. 🤔 3w
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Branwen
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Rusty is already demonstrating that he's a Stephen King fan! 😻💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rusty

AmyG Adorable! 3w
LiteraryinLawrence Eeeeee! Kitten energy!!! 3w
RaeLovesToRead Cutest bookmark ever! 3w
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AnnCrystal 😍💕😻💝. 3w
rubyslippersreads Such a cute ginger baby! 😻 3w
KadaGul @RaeLovesToRead So true 🤣. @Branwen Rusty is saying wait 🫷 I haven't finished reading 📖 this page 📃 3w
Hooked_on_books He has good taste! (But maybe hide Cujo for now. You don‘t want to scare the wee mite.) 3w
dabbe #rowdyrusty! 🖤🐾🖤 3w
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Hedon
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Woke up @ 2.30. Reading some of the short stories saved the night. Now, the next evening, reading - The dreamers - Hope this story doesn‘t come back to haunt me tonight. Picture is related to the story. Love the book!

Hedon Finished the book, and loved the last story. I'll have to come back to read rattlesnakes one day, as it is a continuation of 'Cujo', which I haven't read yet. Liked this one so much that I jumped straight into another of his short story collections 'Bazaar of Bad Dreams' 3w
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TrishB
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Short stories are never my favourite, but somehow King‘s are different. A great collection, some excellent, some ok, some creepy.
I would have loved an 800 page novel but these will do for now 😁

Sharpeipup Is that a Stephen King bookmark? 3w
Leftcoastzen I read the first one so far ! 😂 3w
Cathythoughts 👍🏻😁 3w
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TrishB @Sharpeipup it is 👍🏻 3w
TrishB @Leftcoastzen hope you enjoy 👍🏻 3w
RamsFan1963 It might be sacrilegious, but I actually prefer King's short stories, even novellas, to his big doorstop chunksters. 3w
Centique Love the bookmark! 3w
Reggie I am shocked you read short stories. I‘ll be reading this soon. 3w
TrishB @RamsFan1963 I know a lot of people do but I love the big books! 3w
TrishB @Reggie only the King! 3w
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deeannloso
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I just finished. All in all, it was a really good book of stories. Some (Danny Coughlin‘s Dream and Rattlesnakes) were really good. The rest were good with a couple that were just meh.

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julesG
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I folded under the peer pressure, twice actually.

1) @TrishB, @Oryx and @scripturient were all reading the tagged book yesterday and so I got the audiobook

2) the feline highnesses decided the night's up at 4:31 a.m. I got up at 5:30, have been tinkering around the flat (🧺🪣🚮) and am sitting in the early morning sunshine listening to the #audiobook

TrishB I‘m enjoying, so much else I should be doing but enjoying some down time tbh. 3w
rabbitprincess 😻😻😻 3w
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3w
AnnCrystal 💕😻💝. 3w
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TheBookgeekFrau
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"My father--my *famous* father--died in 2023, at the age of ninety."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Bookboss
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I love book mail!

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deeannloso
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Taking a break from Shakespeare to read my new King book. I‘ve been anxiously awaiting this book since November. #constantreader

BarkingMadRead I cannot wait! The #losersclub will be reading this together in September! 4w
RedCurly I cannot wait to be published this in my country! I hope next year 4w
deeannloso @RedCurly I hope, for you, it‘s released soon. 😊 4w
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Pikathulhu
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Not to sound hyperbolic, but I genuinely felt You Like It Darker was King's best collection of short stories in a very long while. All twelve were memorable, and kept me turning pages in a burning desire to seek resolution, but the clear standouts were Two Talented Bastids, Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream, On Slide Inn Road, The Turbulence Expert, Laurie, Rattlesnakes, The Dreamers, and The Answer Man. 5/5

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Branwen
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SEE?! It's not just me! Rumpel is also super hyped for Stephen King's new book too! 😹💕📚 #catsoflitsy #rumpel

LiteraryinLawrence Hyped, but in a very mellow way… 😋 4w
KadaGul 😻😻😸😸😸 4w
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AnnCrystal 👏😹👍💕😻💝. (edited) 4w
dabbe #roarinrumpel! 🖤🐾🖤 4w
RaeLovesToRead Haha, Rumpel looks more hyped for comfy blanket time 🤣🥰🤣 3w
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead So true! She does love her comfy time! 😻 3w
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Branwen
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HAPPY PUB DAY TO STEPHEN KING'S NEW BOOK! 🥳🎉🎉🎉 This just arrived and I absolutely cannot wait to start reading it! Short stories are normally not my favorite form of literature, but King really excels at this form and I love so many of his short stories and novellas! Also, do you like the bracelets I made for the occasion? I TOTALLY love Stephen King a normal amount! 🤭

5feet.of.fury So cute! 4w
slategreyskies Love the bracelets! 🥰 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Awhhh!! This is great! 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the bracelets! 4w
Suet624 Some of his short stories are the most impactful movies. 4w
Branwen @5feet.of.fury @slategreyskies @JanuarieTimewalker13 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much! 🥹💕📚 @Suet624 Right?! I absolutely agree! Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite stories ever! 4w
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TheBookgeekFrau
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Yes!!

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DavidDiamond
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Happy Publication Day!
#stephenking

TheBookgeekFrau Already reading my copy! 4w
DavidDiamond @TheBookgeekFrau Nice! I hope to start mine soon...need to finish my current book before it goes back to the library and I have a book on puppy training! So many books, so little time! 4w
TheBookgeekFrau @DavidDiamond So very true!! Good luck with the puppy training 🤞🏼🐶 4w
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vivastory
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The new King comes out tomorrow. The first story collection since “Bazaar of Bad Dreams“ in 2015. This constant reader hasn't bought a King since “Billy Summers“ due to backlog; however I will def be buying this. I have been reading a lot of story collections this year & a new King collection sounds right up my alley. Also, as I have posted previously it was through adaptations of works in “Night Shift“ that I fell in love with King.

Ruthiella When I read Night Shift, I was amazed at how many of the stories had been adapted. The story I remember most is The Mangler. 1mo
vivastory @Ruthiella So many adaptations! 💙 1mo
LeahBergen I may have to get this, too. I love his stories! 1mo
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KathyWheeler His ability with a short story always astounds me given how wordy he often gets. 1mo
AmyG Just picked this up! 1mo
Aimeesue Other than The Shining, it‘s really been his short stories and novellas that have stuck in my mind. Huh. Must read these! 4w
sarahbarnes The Long Walk is a story of his I still think about even though I read it years ago. 4w
vivastory @sarahbarnes I was telling a co-worker about that a few days ago 4w
vivastory @Aimeesue I love all forms of his work personally but story collections are so rare esp late career ones. This one feels special 4w
vivastory @AmyG I almost swung by B & N today. Will def be stopping by this week! 4w
vivastory @KathyWheeler More to enjoy 😁 4w
vivastory @LeahBergen I feel that they are overlooked now. Glad to see the love for them in the comments 💙 4w
KathyWheeler @vivastory Yes. I bought it while I was out today. (edited) 4w
Reggie Crouch End from Nightmares and Dreamscapes is one of my all time favorite scary short stories. And I like his novella collection Full Dark No Stars. 4w
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jackilynn
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It's like I knew the new Stephen King book would arrive at work today & planned accordingly. Don't mind me. I will be in the basement "covering" the new books ??

vivastory I haven't bought the last couple King books (although I plan on reading them) but I do 100% plan on buying this. A King story collection is cause for celebration. 1mo
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nitalibrarian
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Tuesday the 21st seems to be big pub day. Here's what I'll be adding to my library's collection next week.

Nutmegnc 😱😱😱🥰🥰🥰That‘s quite a haul!! 1mo
KadaGul Amazing 🤩 🤓Haul. 1mo
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MrT
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Worked up a sweat moving my entire SK Collection to decorate. Would have taken half the time if I hadn't stopped and flicked through every one bringing back memories of how I acquired each one (and dusted them).

mcctrish That‘s impressive 2mo
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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It‘s a good day when you see there is a NEW BOOK BY STEPHEN KING coming out in May. 🥳👏🏻📚🎉

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MrT
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Shelfie No.2

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MrT
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Shelfie No.1
I have officially run out of shelf space for my SK Collection.

Still need to get My Pretty Pony, Little Sisters Of Eluria and the forthcoming You like It Darker