Even though Stephen King rose through the ranks of publishing to make his name in the horror genre, some of his best work lies outside genre. This book, collecting together four novellas, is a breathtaking and startling tour-de-force the likes of which have not been seen for many years. From the opening story - "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" - to the last - "The Breathing Method" - the stories are clear, lucid and compelling.
The Shawshank Redemption is probably one of the most famous stories ever told - and the movie currently holds the #1 spot on IMDB. It is the story of an inmate at the Shawshank Prison, Red, and the years he spent watching a banker accused of two murders. It's not a horror story, although there are moments that make you feel a bit creeped out, and it's one of the best he has ever written.
Apt Pupil is a totally different story, about a teenage boy's affiliation with a Nazi war criminal. It's a coming of age story, it's a horror story, it's the story of reminiscence and struggling redemption.
The Body - turned into the fantastic movie Stand By Me - is another coming of age story, this time between a group of boys who discover a dead body.
The Breathing Method is probably the one story that isn't as good as the rest, but three out of four ain't bad, right? It's the story of a group of men who like to tell stories - and this story is a bit corny, a bit cheesy, but still a fun trip into the darker side of life.
If you love Stephen King, dramas, horror, mystery, suspense and coming-of-age novels, then this collection is right up your street. If you don't read horror, then this could be your introduction to Sai King and his fully-realised world.