I don’t know if it’s just the way I was brought up or maybe it’s in my genes, but I have always had this bizarre liking for anything tinged with horror, be it movies or literature. Genetics tell me it is most probably due to both my genes and how I was brought up, but in any case, my bizarre liking should be satisfied every once in a while. And that is exactly what happened after I finished the 13 horrific short stories compiled in this book.
Well before my college days, I have already heard of Stephen King and knew for a fact that he is some kind of genius when it comes to this particular interest of mine. One of my all-time favorite horror/suspense/thriller movies was Dolores Claiborne which I found out, after reading the end credits, was based on the book by Mr. King. And so was my other favorite movie while growing up which I watched on HBO a couple of times with my brother and cousins, Pet Cemetery. Should I also mention The Shining (also based on a book by Stephen King)? Needless to say, I am familiar with his work, assuming that the movies remained faithful to the books, because prior to flipping the virgin pages of my copy of Just After Sunset, I have never touched a book by Stephen King. I had to wait until I had a job, really? Maybe. I don’t know, but I’m mighty glad the wait was over!
All the praises I’ve heard given to him are well-deserved as evident to the amount of satisfaction I gained upon reading the last word on this work of art. The story I liked the most was The Gingerbread Girl which could easily be adapted into another movie (I’d cast Angelina Jolie for this one). My next favorite would be A Very Tight Place, the last story in this page turner which excited me so much I held my pee just to see how it ends. What crept me out the most was N., although the ending was a tad predictable, it still was effective. Another notable story was Mute which I found somehow very entertaining—giving me a mixture of thrill and amusement.
Overall, Just After Sunset is like an album from a great musician, with 13 brilliant, spine-tingling and very entertaining songs one just might need to quench his very own bizarre liking for anything tinged with horror.