Thursday, December 2, 2010
Dollar Bin Horror Spotlight:Full Dark, No Stars
THE master of literary horror, Stephen King, returns with his latest offering. A four-story tale, each centered on the theme of the retribution. For your convenience, I will review and grade each story separately.
Told from the point of view of a Nebraska farmer, 1922 begins as a simple argument between husband and wife over selling acreage on their eighty-acre farm. With the help of his son, the farmer takes care of his problem by throwing Mrs. Farmer down a well. But it's only the beginning. What happens next is a typical King theme of descent of a genuinely good person into insanity.
All the great elements of a King tale are here:blood, humor, realism, etc. A very good read...8/10
Cozy mystery writer Tess has just given a speech at a local bookstore, and is given a shortcut home by the store's owner. What happens next is without question one of the most brutual acts that can be performed on a woman. Naturally, Tess seeks vengeance for this act, but does she go too far? On the surface, this bankshot homage to The Last House on The Left is pretty good. However, my biggest disappointment, other than the ending, is the fact this story should have been expanded to a full-blown novel. It leaves more questions than it answers. 7/10
Admittedly the weakest of the stories, Fair Extension revists the old King haunt of Derry, Maine, home to stories such as It and Dreamcatcher. Cancer victim Dave Streeter runs into an airport street vendor, and after an engaging conversation discovers the vendor sells extensions, but not what you think. The vendor sells life extensions at a fair price. For this extension, the vendor offers Streeter a chance to live fifteen years for fifteen percent of his income..and transfers the weight of Streeter's unfortunate situation to someone Streeter can't stand.
What happens next is the story gets carried away with its mean spirit and coincidence. Again, the ending is terrible. Skip if you can. 6/10
A Good Marriage-
Darcy Anderson has been married to her husband, Bob, for twenty-seven years. It's been a good and comfortable marriage. One night Darcy makes a trip to the garage for batteries for her remote. That's where she discovers Bob's true nature. The strongest of the four tales, A Good Marriage begs the question, 'How' d you react if the person you loved was leading a double life? What would you do? Would you change you lifestyle?'