If It Bleeds

If It Bleeds

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas-- Mr. Harrigan's Phone , The Life of Chuck , Rat , and the title story If It Bleeds --each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places.

The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including "The Body" ( Stand By Me ) and "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" ( Shawshank Redemption ). Like Four Past Midnight , Different Seasons , and most recently Full Dark, No Stars , If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2020
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982137977
Branch Call Number: KIN
Characteristics: 436 pages ;,25 cm

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fionajay
Aug 10, 2020

The title story is satisfyingly full of Finders Keepers characters. SK is a master at people. Here he asserts that the monsters that harm us, and feed off our pain & grief may be a virus, an alien among us. He also contemplates his rocking chair.

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Amiir97
Aug 09, 2020

Really enjoyed Mr Harrigan's Phone, If It Bleeds and Life of Chuck. Rat was my least favourite - it gave me the jitters.

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rsmunoz
Aug 02, 2020

Another sure-to-please collection by King. There's horror King and then there's unnerving King. These stories are more of the latter. The master storyteller will take you for a ride with phone calls with the dead, a deal with the devil, monster chasing, and even one with an apocalyptic slant told in reverse. I just love how he mixes the weird stuff with average people living everyday lives. Longtime fans will slurp it up, and newbies will scramble for his back list. 4 stars.

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RobertC65
Jul 27, 2020

Stephen King-always brilliant and definitely always original. I thoroughly enjoyed the further adventures of Holly Gibney in his title story, If It Bleeds and the other stories are King at his very best. This great book was worth waiting for and I look forward to his next. Be prepared to be scared!

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kbarton71
Jul 26, 2020

I liked all of the stories in this book, and meeting Holly again was a pleasant surprise. I hadn't read any reviews so had no idea what to expect with this book. There's nothing super-scary here, but I love the characters from Mr. Mercedes and The Outsider. "Rat" was a cool story, and it deals with questions of morality, conscience, and what people are willing to do for success.

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angryitaliangirl
Jul 21, 2020

Enjoyable reading. Glad he didn't write it with his son! Stephen King is awesome. The end.

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SweetGeek55
Jul 17, 2020

Luv me some King !!! Always awesome 😎

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jul 13, 2020

Serviceable King short fiction. The first two pieces are better than the last, IMO...but this may be because I haven't read enough recent King novels to be familiar with the character in the third piece. The fourth one is really just another in King's long line of stories about middle-aged authors out in the woods trying to finish their novels, which is kind of a tired trope for him and it shows.

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LuvReadingStuff
Jun 30, 2020

Very entertaining short stories.....my favourite was Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.

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SherryMarieJ
Jun 05, 2020

recommended by Kristine Rusch

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