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Book Title: Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales|
The author of the book: Stephen King
Edition: Pocket Books/Simon Schuster
Date of issue: 2007
ISBN 13: 9781416552130
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Everything’s Eventual offers a mixed bag of short stories, fourteen tales that range from the horrifying to the mundane, each of which includes commentary from the author.
“Autopsy Room Four” explores the frightful prospect of premature burial. Comedic and tense, this is arguably the best story in the entire collection.
In “The Man in the Black Suit,” an old man recalls a chance encounter from his childhood that’s haunted him all his life. King plays to his strengths in this one, dabbling in the realm of shadowy figures and terrifying monsters.
“All That You Love Will Be Carried Away” is an inconclusive tale of a man with a penchant for collecting rest-area bathroom graffiti who suffers from a waning interest in being alive. King explains that he was encouraged by Bill Buford of The New Yorker to keep the ending ambiguous, and both Buford and King believe that decision strengthened the story. Whether or not that’s true is subjective.
Bullets fly in “The Death of Jack Hamilton,” a story of Depression-era outlaws going head to head with the cops that will likely appeal to fans of car chases, westerns, or John Dillinger.
“In the Deathroom” sees an American newspaper reporter interrogated in South America. The reporter must find a way to turn the tides if he wants to get out of the room alive. Labeled by King as “Kafka-esque,” this story investigates an unorthodox “what if” scenario to satisfying effect.
The Little Sisters of Eluria is a fantasy novella about Roland Deschain of Gilead (from the Dark Tower series) in which Deschain crosses paths with some cunning women who are more than the doting caretakers they appear to be at first glance. King rightly states that “you don’t need to have read the Dark Tower novels” to enjoy this novella.
The book’s namesake, “Everything’s Eventual,” reveals why nineteen-year-old Dink Earnshaw grinds paper in the garbage disposal and drops change down the storm-drain every week. Based on an image that randomly popped into King’s head, this story demonstrates his ability to take an idea and use it to craft an intriguing story that gives meaning to an imaginary character’s odd behavior.
“L.T.’s Theory of Pets” introduces a disgruntled couple who gift each other a pet that bonds with the person who bought them, rather than the person they were gifted to. Intended to soften their discord, the gifted pets instead exacerbate their owners’ troubled relationship. King toys with his readers’ emotions in this one, tugging on heartstrings before throwing in a shocking twist.
King once again romps through the realm of horror in “The Road Virus Heads North,” a gruesome tale about an unwitting man who acquires an eerie painting that seems to continually change in subtle yet grim ways.
Amidst an argument over divorce papers, lunch takes an unexpected, violent turn in “Lunch at Gotham Café.” Though this reads like classic King, the plot twist feels clunky and forced.
King conveys his idea of Hell in “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French” – an intentionally repetitive story of déjà vu.
“1408” takes a stab at being a supernatural tale of a haunted hotel room and succeeds marvelously. Coming in at a close second for best story in the collection, this shudder-inducing tale of a room on the thirteenth floor (whose room number totals thirteen) starts strong and continues to get better and better.
Riding the Bullet is a novella that was first published as an e-book in 2000 to great acclaim, but King questions if the novella did well because of its content or because of the “novelty of the electronic package.” It’s reminiscent of an R.L. Stine book (i.e. creepy in a kitschy way), but underneath the surface it’s about the author grappling with the harsh reality that death eventually finds our loved ones.
In “Luckey Quarter,” a hotel cleaning woman finds a lone quarter in her tip jar along with a note that reads, “This is a luckey quarter! It’s true! Luckey you!” If her premonition about the coin is correct, she may indeed by a fortunate woman.
Given its absence of a running theme and the way the book deviates from a particular genre, Everything’s Eventual is a meandering collection of stories. Some satiate while others feel out of place, making for a relatively engaging but ultimately inconsequential read.
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Read information about the authorStephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, Maine, for good. Her parents, Guy and Nellie Pillsbury, had become incapacitated with old age, and Ruth King was persuaded by her sisters to take over the physical care of them. Other family members provided a small house in Durham and financial support. After Stephen's grandparents passed away, Mrs. King found work in the kitchens of Pineland, a nearby residential facility for the mentally challenged.
Stephen attended the grammar school in Durham and Lisbon Falls High School, graduating in 1966. From his sophomore year at the University of Maine at Orono, he wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper, THE MAINE CAMPUS. He was also active in student politics, serving as a member of the Student Senate. He came to support the anti-war movement on the Orono campus, arriving at his stance from a conservative view that the war in Vietnam was unconstitutional. He graduated in 1970, with a B.A. in English and qualified to teach on the high school level. A draft board examination immediately post-graduation found him 4-F on grounds of high blood pressure, limited vision, flat feet, and punctured eardrums.
He met Tabitha Spruce in the stacks of the Fogler Library at the University, where they both worked as students; they married in January of 1971. As Stephen was unable to find placement as a teacher immediately, the Kings lived on his earnings as a laborer at an industrial laundry, and her student loan and savings, with an occasional boost from a short story sale to men's magazines.
Stephen made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many were gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.
In the fall of 1971, Stephen began teaching English at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels.
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