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Full Dark, No Stars

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Page Count: 416
  • Pub. Date: December 15, 2010
  • ISBN: 978-1-58767-237-8
  • Status: Out of Print
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Full Dark, No Stars: The Deluxe Special Edition
an original novella collection by Stephen King

Full-color front and back cover artwork by Tomislav Tikulin
Color and B&W artwork for "1922" by Glenn Chadbourne
Color and B&W artwork for "Big Driver" by Jill Bauman
Color and B&W artwork for "Fair Extension" by Alan M. Clark
Color and B&W artwork for "A Good Marriage" by Vincent Chong

Update for Collectors:
The signed Lettered Edition sold out within 2 hours of being announced and the signed Limited Edition sold out within 12 hours, and the Slipcased Gift Edition also sold out just about two months after it was announced, making it our second Stephen King book to completely sell out pre-publication.

About this Deluxe Special Edition:
Cemetery Dance Publications is very pleased to announce our Deluxe Special Edition of Stephen King's chilling new collection of novellas. The tales in Full Dark, No Stars are bleak, featuring some of the darkest moments of any King work in recent memory, and we've brought together a team of five acclaimed artists to create sixteen original, exclusive illustrations including black & white pieces and glossy color tip-ins.

This fine collectible volume was published in three editions printed in two colors on a high-quality paper, and the oversized and slipcased Collector's Gift Edition will be issued with the smallest print run of any Stephen King Gift Edition since we published From a Buick 8 in 2002. As many collectors know, that was one of the rare Gift Editions to sell out before publication and to go up in value significantly over the years.

The Cemetery Dance Deluxe Special Edition of Full Dark, No Stars will be the perfect addition to any Stephen King collection.

About the Book:
"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger . . ." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922," the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King.

For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

In "Big Driver," a cozy-mystery writer named Tess encounters the stranger along a back road in Massachusetts when she takes a shortcut home after a book-club engagement. Violated and left for dead, Tess plots a revenge that will bring her face-to-face with another stranger: the one inside herself.

"Fair Extension," the shortest of these tales, is perhaps the nastiest and certainly the funniest. Making a deal with the devil not only saves Dave Streeter from a fatal cancer but provides rich recompense for a lifetime of resentment.

When her husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It's a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends "A Good Marriage."

Like Different Seasons and Four Past Midnight, which generated such enduring films as The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me, Full Dark, No Stars proves Stephen King a master of the long story form.

"PW Star Eerie twists of fate drive the four longish stories in King's first collection since Just After Sunset (2008). In "1922," a farmer murders his wife to retain the family land she hopes to sell, then watches his life unravel hideously as the consequences of the killing suggest a near-supernatural revenge. "Big Driver" tells of an otherwise ordinary woman who discovers her extraordinary capacity for retribution after she is raped and left for dead. "A Good Marriage" explores the aftermath of a wife's discovery of her milquetoast husband's sinister secret life, while "Fair Extension," the book's most disturbing story, follows the relationship between a man and the best friend on whom he preternaturally shifts all his bad luck and misfortune. As in Different Seasons (1982), King takes a mostly nonfantastic approach to grim themes. Now, as then, these tales show how a skilled storyteller with a good tale to tell can make unsettling fiction compulsively readable. "
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"PW Star King begins his afterword by stating, “The stories in this book are harsh.” The man ain’t whistlin’ Dixie. Returning to the novella—possibly his brightest canvas—King provides four raw looks at the limits of greed, revenge, and self-deception. The first, “1922,” is an outright masterpiece and takes the form of the written confession of one Wilf James. Back in 1922, see, Wilf killed his wife to prevent her selling off part of the farm, but tossing her corpse down the well didn’t exactly stop her. It’s Poe meets Creepshow by way of Steinbeck and carries the bleak, nearly romantic doom of an old folk ballad about murderin’ done wrong. A pair of the remaining tales feature female protagonists considering hiding others’ crimes: “Big Driver” is a rape-revenge tale about a writer of cozy mysteries who ends up in the uncoziest of situations, while “A Good Marriage” stars a wife whose husband of 27 years turns out to be hiding an unimaginable secret. Though the shortest story by far, “Fair Extension” is no slouch, submitting for your approval one Mr. Elvid (get it?), who is out to shine a little light on our blackest urges. Rarely has King gone this dark, but to say there are no stars here is crazy. High-Demand Backstory: King has gone on record saying he believesthat American readers should pay more attention to the virtues of short fiction; and if anyone can get reluctant short-story and novella readers into the swing, he certainly can with this book."
Booklist (starred review)

"King [is] the most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet… The pages practically turn themselves."
— Carol Memmott, USA Today

"Full Dark, No Stars is an extraordinary collection, thrillingly merciless, and a career high point."
The Telegraph (UK)

"A page turner.… King … seems able to write compact tales or gargantuan ones with equal ease."
— Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Might yield another classic… Solid psychological chillers."
Columbus Dispatch

"Just as gripping as his epic novels."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

About the Author:
Stephen KingStephen King has written more than forty novels and two hundred short stories. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and he also received the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit." Among his most recent worldwide bestsellers are Under the Dome, Cell, Lisey's Story, and Duma Key. His other releases from Cemetery Dance Publications include two volumes of The Secretary of Dreams, the deluxe Limited Edition of From a Buick 8, the deluxe Limited Edition of Full Dark, No Stars, and the World's First Edition of Blockade Billy. King lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

About the Artists:
Tomislav Tikulin was born in Zagreb, Croatia. He has worked primarily with digital illustrations for book covers, as well as posters, DVD jackets, and production design illustrations. His focus is science fiction, fantasy and horror for various magazines and book publishers in Croatia, Europe, and the United States, including Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Solaris Books, PS Publishing, Subterranean Press, Cemetery Dance Publications, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, Heyne Verlag, and Editions J’ai Lu. His artwork has graced the covers of many science fiction and fantasy books including Larry Niven's Ringworld Engineers, Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, and Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine.

Glenn Chadbourne's artwork has appeared in over thirty books as well as numerous magazines and comics. His trademark pen and ink drawings have accompanied the works of today's hottest genre authors. His other Stephen King Limited Editions with Cemetery Dance include two volumes of The Secretary of Dreams. Glenn lives in Newcastle, Maine, with his wife Sheila and their pug dog Rocket.

Jill Bauman has been a freelance illustrator/designer for 31 years.  In that time she has produced hundreds of covers for horror, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, best-selling books and other products. She has illustrated works by authors such as Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Peter Straub, Lilian Jackson Braun, Charles L. Grant, Robert McCammon, Richard Laymon, Jack Williamson, Hugh B. Cave, Fritz Leiber, Mike Resnick, J. G. Ballard, Stewart O'Nan and Justin Cronin. Jill has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award five times and nominated for the Chesley Award several times. Her art has been exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, the Moore College of Art, Science Fiction Museum of Seattle, NY Art Students League and the NY Illustrators Society. She lives in Queens, New York.

Alan M. Clark grew up in Tennessee. His illustrations have appeared in books of fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, young adult fiction and children's books. Awards for his illustration work include the World Fantasy Award and four Chesley Awards. His short fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies and four of his novels have been published. Lazy Fascist Press will publish a collection of his fiction titled Boneyard Babies in November of 2010. Clark's publishing company, IFD Publishing, has published six books, the most recent of which is a full color book of his artwork, The Paint in My Blood. He and his wife, Melody, live in Oregon.

Vincent Chong is an award-winning freelance illustrator and designer.  Since 2004 he has brought his creative vision and distinctive visual style to a wide range of projects for both print and the web.  Currently living and working in the UK, his art and design can be seen on book covers, magazines, CD packaging, and websites.  He has worked for clients all around the world, illustrating the works of authors such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, and in 2010 he released his first art book, Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong. Vincent has also received the British Fantasy Award for "Best Artist" three years running in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Published in three states:
• Slipcased Oversized Hardcover Gift Edition of only 1,750 copies printed in two colors with two color hot foil stamping and marbled endpapers ($75)
• Traycased Oversized Hardcover Signed Limited Edition of only 750 copies printed in two colors and bound in leather with two color hot foil stamping, a satin ribbon page marker, and embossed endpapers, signed by Stephen King ($350)
• Oversized Signed Hardcover Lettered Edition of only 52 copies printed in two colors and bound in two different fine materials with gilded page edges, a satin ribbon page marker, imported endpapers, and protected in a custom deluxe traycase, signed by Stephen King and all of the artists ($1500)

Here are just a few samples of the interior artwork:

Sample images by Glenn Chadbourne from "1922"
1922 Sample
1922 Sample

Sample images by Jill Bauman from "Big Driver"
Big Driver Sample
Big Driver Sample

Sample images by Alan M. Clark from "Fair Extension"
Fair Extension Sample
Fair Extension Sample

Sample images by Vincent Chong from "A Good Marriage"
A Good Marriage Sample
A Good Marriage Sample

Each Edition's Dust Jacket Design:
Gift Edition Cover Artwork
Slipcased Gift Edition

Limited Edition Cover Art
Signed & Traycased Limited Edition

Lettered Edition Cover Art
Signed & Traycased Deluxe Lettered Edition


Full Dark, No Stars