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the Dark Tower ref. :
Nineteen (19)

First line :
Practicing the (almost) lost art:
I've written more than once about the joy of writing and see no need to reheat that particular skillet of hash at this late date, but here's a confession: I also take an amateur's slightly crazed pleasure in the business side of what I do.

Info :
Everything's Eventual
- the title story of this collection was published in the game F13.

Notes :
Bev Vincent
- reported the following about King's selection of the order of the stories in the book:
- "What I did was take all the spades out of a deck of cards plus a joker. Ace to King = 1-13. Joker = 14. I shuffled the cards and dealt them. The order in which they came out of the deck became the order of the stories, based on their position in the list my publisher sent me. And it actually created a very nice balance between the literary stories and the all-out screamers. I also added an explanatory note before or after each story, depending on which seemed the more fitting position." He continues, presumably kidding : "Next collection : selection by Tarot."

Quotes :
In the Deathroom:
(After Fletcher kills the Chief Minister, the Minister's secretary promises Fletcher money, gold, etc if he lets her live.)
"When they saw their own death rising in your eyes like water, patriots made speeches. The thugs, on the other hand, gave you the number of their Swiss bank account and offered to put you on line."
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DESCRIPTION
  • Written : Bangor, Maine 2001
  • Intended original titles : One Headlight / Road Kill
  • Everything's Eventual consists of 14 short stories...

  • Synopsis :
    Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything’s Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of out time.


  • REVIEW
    Even though its seems unreal, Stephen King has not written a short story collection in almost a decade. However, the flexible grandmaster returns to the form with this fourteen-story book while showing (as he continually does with novels), he can still spin quite a superb short tale.

    Each tale is dark and demonstrates King's writing abilities while proving he remains one of the stronger short story tellers today. The theme running through the tale is encounters with the dead spicing up the mundane lives of the living or those who expedite the passage of death. This anthology includes three pieces coming from alternate media, four from The New Yorker magazine, and a former E-book. One added bonus is a Dark Tower longer short story "The Little Sisters of Eluria”. Each one and the remaining six are all quite good and a bit or two frightening.

    Macabre and clearly paying homage to another versatile grandmaster Edgar Allen Poe, EVERYTHING'S EVENTUAL is another triumph for King as fans of the ghastly and morbid will enjoy this collection. The great author seems to have accomplished everything in his thirty years of published writing except lift the curse of the Bambino.


    EDITIONS
    FIRST EDITION

    Scribner 2002.

    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Dust Jacket price: $28.00

    MY EDITION

    Hodder & Stoughton 2002.
    Hardcover.

    416 pages.
    ISBN 0 340 77073 2.
    "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2" on copyright page.

    Copyright © 2002 by Stephen King.

    Author © photograph 2000 Jimmy Malecki.


    DEDICATION


    This is for Shane Leonard

    BOOK BREAKDOWN


    Introduction: Practicing the (Almost) Lost Art

    Autopsy Room Four

    The Man in the Black Suit

    All That You Love Will Be Carried Away

    The Death of Jack Hamilton

    In the Deathroom

    The Little Sisters of Eluria

    Everything’s Eventual

    L.T.’s Theory of Pets

    The Road Virus Heads North

    Lunch at the Gotham Café

    That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French

    1408

    Riding the Bullet

    Luckey Quarter

    INNER SLEEVE


    The first collection of stories Stephen King has published since Nightmares & Dreamscapes nine years ago includes one O. Henry Prize-winner, two other award-winners, four stories published by The New Yorker, and ‘Riding the Bullet’, King’s original e-book that attracted over half a million on-line readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

    ‘Riding the Bullet’, published here on paper for the first time, is the story of Alan Parker, who’s hitchhiking to see his dying mother, but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended.

    In ‘Lunch at the Gotham Café’, a sparring couple’s contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maitre d’ gets out of sorts. ‘1408’, the audio story in print for the first time, is about a successful writer whose specialty is ‘Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards’, or ‘Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses’, and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn’t kill him, he won’t be writing ghosts any more.

    And in ‘That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French’, terror is déjà vu at 16,000 feet.

    Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen dark tales assembled in Everything’s Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of out time.

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    Im Kabinett des Todes (Germany)
    Minden haláli (Hungary)
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