YOU LIKE IT DARKER - Hardcover Omnibus Collection.
by Stephen King.
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What Has Been Announced:
Stephen King has announced that this collection, YOU LIKE IT DARKER, will be "mostly new stories – long stories, for the most part," and he adds that the hardcover will be a substantial tome of over 600 pages. He described a Lovecraftian tale that will be included called "The Dreamers" – which will feature characters accessing a reality that exists beyond dreams that is "apocalyptic," "dark," and "sentient".
I'm curious about whether or not this collection will feature the first publication of "Rattlesnakes," which has been described as a sequel to Cujo.
Stephen King first described "Rattlesnakes" on a podcast in May 2022, and while he didn't give everything about it away, he mentioned that there will be a "terrible scene" where a pair of four-year-old twins fall into a rattlesnake pit. Precisely how it will connect to the1981 classic about a St. Bernard who goes on a rabid-induced rampage is unknown, but I'm sure all of us Constant Readers are dying to find out. Knowing King, the new story may be more of a spiritual sequel to Cujo, or it could have deep ties and let readers catch up with the lives of Donna and Vic Trenton in the years after the tragic death of their son (for those of you who have only ever seen the movie, the book's ending is a whole lot darker).
More contents to come.
'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 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 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.
2024 Hardcover, Scribners. New / New with Free acid-free book cover for archival protection.
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