Wednesday, December 20, 2023

If It Bleeds by Stephen King

Containing the novellas Mr. Harrigan's Phone, The Life of Chuck, If It Bleeds, and Rat.
Of the four novellas in this collection, my favorites are If It Bleeds and Mr. Harrigan's Phone. In Mr. Harrigan's Phone, we're told "A reader is a carrier, not a creator," which is true-- and I've been carrying around an appreciation of Holly Gibney ever since reading Mr. Mercedes, so it was a pleasure to see her in action once again. 

Mr. Harrigan's Phone is a spooky little number that made me smile, and if you like finding out how an author gets his ideas for the stories he writes, don't miss the Afterward. 

All in all, If It Bleeds is an enjoyable ramble through the mind of Stephen King.

If It Bleeds by Stephen King
eISBN: 9781982137991
Scribner © 2020
eBook, 448 pages
Short Story/Novella
Rating: B+
Source: Purchased from Amazon.


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    1. Not really, but I say that with reservations because I think I have a much higher tolerance for scary than you do.

  2. I do love the way King builds suspense. I have to admit I'm not the biggest fan of horror, but his non-horror suspense and psychological suspense stories are really excellent.

    1. Yes, they are. (I'm not the biggest fan of horror either. I've become a softy in my old age.)


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