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Stephen King reads from You Like It Darker






About You Like It Darker


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 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 digest. King writes to feel “the exhilaration of leaving ordinary day-to-day life behind,” and in You Like It Darker, listeners 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.



Praise For You Like It Darker


“King does it again in this collection of stories… there’s no doubt that King is still a master.”

“King is writing some of the best work of his long career. Could this collection of short stories continue his remarkable winning streak?”
—Seattle Times

“Readers will be thrilled by these tales. Some of the stories are darker and more poisonous than others, but they all have that King touch.”
—Library Journal

“A dozen tales from the master…King gives the reader a host of things to fear…Along the way, he also offers insights about, among other things, the fickleness of talent, the power and pathos of unrealized dreams, the pain and pleasure of relationships, and the meaning and meaninglessness of life and, of course, death… King’s conversational prose, relatable characters, and knack for knowing precisely what you are afraid of will draw you in—page by page, horror by horror—and hold you fast.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Absolutely spellbinding stories about love, loss, tragedy, resilience, and—this is Stephen King, after all—unearthly creatures and the strange, unpredictable overlap between this world and another. A character from a classic early King novel makes a welcome return, too, in a beautifully imagined tale that will move readers to tears. This book features some of the author’s most engaging writing…King’s first book, Carrie, was published 50 years ago. He’s had a remarkable career, and You Like It Darker proves that he is still at the height of his powers. A triumph. With so many new and exceptional stories, this collection will have King’s legions of fans clamoring.”