Everything's Eventual

Everything's Eventual

14 Dark Tales

Book - 2002
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Includes the story "The Man in the Black Suit"--set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

A collection of 14 dark tales, Everything's Eventual includes one O. Henry Prize winner, two other award winners, four stories published by The New Yorker , and "Riding the Bullet," King's original ebook, which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade.

Two of the stories, "The Little Sisters of Eluria" and "Everything's Eventual" are closely related to the Dark Tower series. "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 maître 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 about ghosts anymore.

Stories include:
-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
-Riding the Bullet
-Luckey Quarter

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 com-pelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2002
ISBN: 9780743235150
Characteristics: 459 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 27, 2019

2 great tales in this book, notably 1408. Others were as good but just didn't grab my attention. King has an astonishing imagination.

Mar 20, 2018

Stephen King shows a strong grasp of good story-telling by taking his time with developing setting and dialogue. His main strength as a writer is that he understands his subject deeply. He combines horror with humor in an unforgettable way. This collection does not have a single story that was not worth reading -- however, some are much better than others somehow. It's hard to argue that the Man in the Black Suit and 1408 are the 2 best, simply because he changes his tone so skillfully and explores 2 very difficult ideas -- the Devil and Hell -- so beautifully. Both stories flow magnificently and are completely engrossing. It feels all too real. Then follow The Death of Jack Hamilton and All That You Love Will Be Carried Away, also for their change of voice and great subtlety. A writer who can construct a fine story around the grafitti people have left behind in road-side bathrooms and another around the lassoing of outhouse flies deserves enormous respect.
I'll read anything King has written and there will come a day yet when his name will be considered the equal of any in 20th century literature. Perhaps he will even be seen as the Shakespeare of Horror in centuries to come. His oeuvre is certainly large enough.

Mar 29, 2017

This was decent, though truthfully, if you wanted THE best collection of Stephen King short stories, you'd pick up "Night Shift" or "Skeleton Crew". This collection though, has its moments. The best stories, in my humble opinion, are "1408", "JT's Theory of Pets", and Everything's Eventual". The rest are hit and miss.

midnightvupecula Jul 22, 2013

Kept me reading until the last short story is done. Whew!
Two thrilling (and scary) ones I like are "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French" and "1408."
My personal faves are "L.T's Theory of Pets," "The Road Virus Heads North," and "Luckey Quarter."

Mar 03, 2013

One of the better stories in this collection is 1408. If you have seen the movie it still wont matter. King created this story as a writing exercise with the introduction and the ending written, but anyone can write a new middle. Beginning: A man who is a travel writer doing a book on haunted hotels arrives to book the fabled room 1408 at a certain hotel, even though he doesn't really believe in the supernatural but the hotel manager insists the room is cursed. Middle: made up your worst nightmare in a hotel room that won't let you out!! End: Man leaves hotel believing in supernatural. The book and the movie are different, but it really doesn't matter. They share the same beginning and end.

CormanoWild Feb 14, 2012

I disagree (respectfully, politely, et al.) with krigana's comment.

This collection IS dark, but it's Stephen King, what do you expect?

Perhaps the best story in this collection is "1408," the titular source of the film featuring Samuel L. Jackson and someone else that I don't remember. One of the best "Haunted Room at the Inn" stories ever.


Oct 25, 2011

I love S. King but this one was too dark for me. Getting too old, or just wrong timing, dunno


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