If It Bleeds - Stephen King

If It Bleeds

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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From 807 Ratings

Description

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.

Reviews

  • Not up to King standards

    1
    By App, I am disappoint
    The first two stories seemed based on an episode of Twilight Zone and a short story by Arthur C Clarke. What I love about Stephen King stories is that I feel immersed in the setting and characters after a few pages. Not so with the first two, they were sort of flat. The third story was just plain boring. I wonder if Joe Hill wrote it. It’s exactly the same kind of read as The Fireman, which I struggled to stick with, waiting for a story that never happened. I never finished The Fireman and had to skim the third story here. The last story was good and I felt like StephenKing had actually written it. But he seems to work his Trump hate into everything he writes these days. I read to escape politics. Plus, even though celebrities and artists seem to think they are political experts, I don’t. When I want political information I turn to books by reporters, economists, political experts.
  • Stephen King?

    1
    By Bobmandoo
    Waste of time. I have read many, many SK novels. Loved them! But sadly no more. They have been sliding for a while now.✌️
  • As always, 5 stars

    5
    By jennie104
    I don’t know how he does it but Stephen King always remains constant as far as expanding my mind! Every book I read of his takes me completely out of myself and into his fictional world, and this one is no exception. I especially love If It Bleeds, which is a Holly Gibney story, with references to the phenomenal The Outsider (and a few other non-related stories he’s written). If you are a Stephen King fan this book will not disappoint!!
  • Haven’t read it

    5
    By USA THEIF JK
    I haven’t read this book but I love the story of Steven King books and love da shining sonI guess it’s good lol Steven you r gifted and wealthy congrats on making me scared for life about clowns screw it and honestly Danny is my fave drop the mic lol and the jerk who gave it a one star is such an butt honestly who would do that to the best hoarr author of all time. Screw him/ her thx fans by sub to Anderson’s Memes YT on YouTube lol bye
  • It’s King, the master story teller

    4
    By kissdaddy
    Good book. I especially liked hanging with Hollyberry again. I read 100 + books a year and no one writes like Mr. King. It is simply a joy to read his prose. There’s not a Shawshank or A Body here, but all the stories are solid and entertaining. Well worth your time and $.
  • Worn

    3
    By tinbucktwo
    King can spin a tale and few can write like he does. While the writing remains superb the storylines grow tiresome. Anticlimactic in some instances. After inking 60 plus novels and novellas I suppose it’s only natural. For me the peak years of his stories are behind him.
  • He’s back!

    5
    By Am book reader
    All four novellas are tantalizing good and spooky. My favorite would be the “Life of Chuck”, a bittersweet memoir of a decent man who dares to go in the locked room and finds that “the waiting is the hardest”. All King fans will be rewarded from this grand master of horror. Please keep them coming.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By SusieMac46
    “If It Bleeds” is a great read! I did not want the book to end. The most fun I’ve had in weeks. From the first story to the last, it’s Mr. King at his finest, although I must confess to having a weakness for Holly Gibney. Pure joy at reading that one. And I agree 100% with Holly - George Bellamy is somewhat of a scary character.
  • One word: Impeccable.

    5
    By nickthevampireslayer
    Let me start off by saying that I wasn’t sure what to expect with a book of novellas. I’ve only ever read King’s full novels, so I wasn’t sure how much of his voice would come through within these shorter stories. And wow...was I pleasantly blown away. Each story is completely singular in its voice, tone, and plot, and yet they are all so clearly written by the same writer. Without giving too much away, I want to touch on each piece: “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone” I love the way he is able to play with the reader’s mind to get them to second guess if what they believe is just a coincidence, can actually be something sinister. And with whatever decision the reader comes to, it makes them question the type of person they are. “The Life of Chuck” Broken up into three separate acts, this story takes us through a timeline that I just had to get to the bottom of. With every other paragraph, this twisted mess becomes clearer and I didn’t know if I should have been relieved by the end of it, or even more frightened. “If It Bleeds” Since it has the same title as the book, I knew this would be most likely the best and thought out of the bunch. I was NOT disappointed. “Rat” Walking along similar lines as “Secret Window”, I thought I had seen it before. But the greater theme the plot revealed really made me wonder if I were put in the same circumstance, how would I waver? Overall, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND reading this book. A true work of art by a master in his craft.
  • Amazing Spooky

    5
    By claw skaw
    Gives you all the chills