Title: Just After Sunset

Author: Stephen King

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 358

Rating: 7/10


Stephen King - Just After Sunset

Stephen King – Just After Sunset


At its basic level, Just After Sunset is a collection of Stephen King’s short stories, and to be honest, that’s probably all you need to know about it. It’s a fairly recent collection – around 2008, I think – and because King wrote his own afterword explaining how each of the stories came about, I don’t think I need to cover that here.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t really enjoy it. Oh sure, it was well-written, and there were a few stories throughout (N. in particular) that made me remember why I was reading it, but it also fell victim to the age old issue with Stephen King’s work – sometimes, it’s just too long.

And it’s not that the characters weren’t fleshed out – on the contrary, even in the more tedious stories they tended to stick out and make themselves easy to remember – it’s just that there were times when they didn’t need to be. It’s been a long time since I’ve found myself zoning out while reading, but it happened here – not for all of the stories, but from time to time.


Stephen King Quote

Stephen King Quote


But still, for every story that bored me, there were two that reminded me why I was reading it in the first place. There was an interesting short that took a look at 9/11, and another one that followed the story of a man who was trapped in a portaloo by a neighbour with a grudge. And the author’s note at the end helped to add a heap of context to what you were reading – a useful, but not entirely necessary, addition.

Overall then, I definitely wouldn’t recommend this one if you’re new to Stephen King, but I also wouldn’t discourage you from reading it if you’re already familiar with his work. It feels a bit like this book is just a byproduct of him being alive – he was born to write and so he does, but this isn’t The Shining or IT. It’s just a book – competent, but not mindblowing, and it could’ve been written by anyone.


Stephen King

Stephen King


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