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If It Bleeds
If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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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 readers 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.
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bookishbitch
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Sadly the narrator on Mistborn was not music to my ears. I did listen long enough to know I'm interested in the story however. I've listened to Will Patton several times before and I do enjoy his narration.

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rachelk
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Four good, creepy (not scary) and very different novellas. ‘Mr. Harrigan's Phone‘ (now on Netflix) struck me as spooky YA. ‘The Life of Chuck‘ was fascinatingly experimental and my personal favorite. ‘If It Bleeds‘ is especially fun for King fans as beloved character Holly Gibney returns as the main character. The final story, ‘Rat‘ gives us King writing fiction about someone writing fiction, which I love.

DivineDiana I watched “Mr. Harrigan‘s Phone” on Netflix, and thought it was well done! 2mo
rachelk @DivineDiana I‘ll have to check that out! 1mo
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Jen2
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Great audiobook

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Christy2318
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More creepy than scary. We liked it. 11 points #scarathlon #teammonstermash

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BarkingMadRead
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candc320
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Meh 🤷🏼‍♀️. Really wasn‘t very scary and was more sad than anything else. I read the short story and remember liking it better than the movie. Either way more points for #teamslaughter 😉. #scarathlon2022

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Addison_Reads
If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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Clwojick 🖤🖤 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 🖤🧡 4mo
fredamans I chose the same! 4mo
Eggs Perfect🐈‍⬛🖤🎃 4mo
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johncadams
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I haven't read any short Stephen King in a while, so I was delighted when Jim waved his hardback copy down the video screen from America and said, 'I've got the new Stephen King, and I'll bring with me'.

Read my review at John C Adams Reviews:

https://www.johncadamsreviews.com/single-post/if-it-bleeds-by-stephen-king

#IfItBleeds #StephenKing #fiction #horror #JohnCAdamsReviews #JohnCAdams #FridayFrighteners #book #books #bookreview #bookreviews

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Deweyfly
If It Bleeds | Stephen King

When an old man dies, a library burns.

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Bigwig
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Mehso-so

This collection of novellas is a mixed bag. The best are “The Life of Chuck,” which swings hard and sends the ball farther into the twilight than you expect, and the title work (a sequel to “The Outsider”). I‘m a lifelong Stephen King fan, so I know what I‘m getting with his late-career work: A quick, spooky read in a comforting, familiar style. The old magic is gone, but there are still moments when he sneaks up and scares the shit out of you.

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brushlo
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big Stephen King fan. liked this collection of short stories. love that he came back to holly and that story line. got this book from the library and it reminded me how much i love libraries. libraries are a small example of the best we can be as a society.

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johncadams
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ElizaMarie
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#March2021

I mean of course! #TheKing is my favorite of all authors, so it's only natural I would love anything that he produces.

#12BooksOf2021

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I really liked the first short story in this collection, but the second resonated with me immediately! Marty‘s world is going to hell in a hand basket, but all he can think about is his grading! “All those spelling errors waiting to be corrected. All those dangling subordinate clauses and conclusions waiting to be red-inked . . . Just thinking of it made him tired” (96). Been there, done that, Marty!! 😂

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rsteve388
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Finished! #TeamSlaughter 16 pts great series of short stores and novella loved the main titled story, didn't know that it had characters from two different stories. I have Mr Mercedes on my TBR shelf. I'll have to move that up. Great book 5 stars.

JenReadsAlot Mr. Mercedes series was great! 1y
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rsteve388
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#TeamScarathlon Do short stories count for 15 pts per story or is it just 15 pts for the book it's self ? @Clwojick

Bookwormjillk Per story I believe 1y
Scochrane26 Per story 1y
rsteve388 Okay cool that's what I thought. Thanks for confirming. 1y
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Chili
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Here are my choices for group h. If anyone has any other suggestions feel free to let me know. I can order something else but I would have to place the order this week. Up here in the sticks Prime delivery is 5-6 days.

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Reggie I‘m cool with If it Bleeds, Slade House and Are You Afraid of the Dark. 1y
sprainedbrain I‘d be happy with any of these. Great choices! 1y
Erinreadsthebooks Looks good to me! I haven‘t read any of them. 1y
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rsteve388
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Clwojick Awesome! You're killing it! ☠ 1y
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rsteve388
If It Bleeds | Stephen King

#AHS #HHS @wanderinglynn Boxes are Shipped. Should arrive by next Friday. #Halloween

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 1y
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rsteve388
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sharread
If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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4 💫💫💫💫
This was a delightful read but not scary at all. I was a bit bored. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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GatheringBooks
If It Bleeds | Stephen King
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#Haunted Day 7: #HalloweenLights (of sorts). 😭🤣😂

Eggs ❤️ 🕯🎃 🖤 1y
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Jgacreations
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I liked this one. I love king, and this was def entertaining. Loved reading another Holly story, the rat was a little boring, but still all good.

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WJCintron
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Added this one to my SK collection. I ❤️ him!! Definitely on my TBR! #stephenking #ifitbleeds #tbr #author #horror #cat

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TK-421
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“The human brain is finite – no more than a #sponge of tissue inside a cage of bone – but the mind within the brain is infinite. Its storage capacity is colossal, its imaginative reach beyond our ability to comprehend. I think when a man or woman dies, a whole world falls to ruin – the world that person knew and believed in....billions of people on earth, and each one of those billions with a world inside. The earth their minds have conceived.”

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GatheringBooks
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#ConflictedWorlds Day 9: #PersonVsFear - lots of that in the four stories in this collection. I lovelovelove Trader Joe‘s truffles. Will bring probably ten boxes when husband and I go back to Abu Dhabi.

Eggs ❤️🍫📕 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#ConflictedWorlds Day 8: #PersonVsDeath - the stories in this collection (Life of Chuck and If It Bleeds) fit the prompt perfectly. Food trippin in Seattle with some lobster bisque as we move our daughter into her uni. 😭😭😭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks delicious 😋 1y
TrishB Hope it all goes well for her! 1y
Eggs How fun and 😥!! Great choice👏🏻📖❤️ 1y
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BRB_ImReading
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It's hot!!! Reading 'If It Bleeds' with my feet in the pool helps.

Reagan Loved that one! 2y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 2y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚🥳 2y
SerenaCrawford The life of chuck could not get my interest I moved on to if it bleeds. Does that story get better? 3mo
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candc320
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This collection was just ok for me. I did like seeing Holly again as she was my favorite character from The Outsider and the Bill Hodges trilogy, but other than that I didn‘t really care for the other stories. Still entertaining (I mean, it‘s still Stephen King) but not my favorite of his stories. 🌟🌟🌟

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ElizaMarie
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Was able to squeeze in my #DoubleSpin book before the end of the month! Also I love Stephen King... So what more could I have said about this! Other than yay for the worlds that allow us to have Stephen King. - March Results - No bingo :(
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@TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Still a great month!! Those bingos can be weirdly elusive! 2y
ElizaMarie @TheAromaofBooks yes! And I enjoyed everything I read which is the real winner! But yeah. I am struggling without the new contacts yet so .. I feel that might be why my reading has been so so much less! 2y
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midath75
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I really enjoyed this book. There are a couple of creepy stories, as one would expect from Mr. King, that could be a Netflix series and the author notes about how he comes up with them is funny and informative. Especially the Holly Gibney and Chuck stories.

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erank58
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This was such a strong collection--though, I'm in the minority here by saying that the title story was my least favorite. As much as I love Holly, I wasn't a fan of Mr. Mercedes and the subsequent books, including The Outsider. "Rat" is def a new favorite for me.

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Ladygodiva7
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swynn
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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion: I like Stephen King's stories but find his prose gets in the way. I prefer his shorter works because (for me) he tends to ramble and the shorter pieces keep that under control. This collection of three novellas and a short novel delivered what I was expecting, though much of it feels like other King stories we've read before. The freshest and for me the most memorable piece in this volume is "The Life of Chuck."

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Lauranahe
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This was ok. Not my favorite collection of short stories by King, but not bad.

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Traci1
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I'm not much for short stories, but this was an excellent collection. My favorite was the Holly Gibney story, and least favorite was the one with the rat. All 4 were very good, though.

AmyG Holly is such a great character. 2y
Traci1 @AmyG she really is. I love her. 2y
ValerieAndBooks My son has this, I need to read it soon (so many books so little time)! 2y
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Traci1 @ValerieAndBooks one good thing is, being shorts, you don't have to read it all in one go. Although I did. 😁 2y
Tattooedteacher Holly is my favorite King character. 2y
Traci1 @Tattooedteacher she's one of mine too. Her and Stu Redman. 2y
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Traci1
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I've finished the first story already and really enjoyed it. Story two is even more up my alley so far.

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Nich
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"If it bleeds, it leads"

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Nich
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Just finished what will probably be my last book of this year taking me to a nice solid 60 books for my journey on goodreads 👍

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jackilynn
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jackilynn
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Well let's see what today has in store for us. 🤔 Anyone else find it slightly creepy when you are reading a book and it uses the current date in the story?

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jackilynn
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Slowly my stack of library books is dwindling. I am down to this one & one other. Then I think it may be time to take a break for a bit and actually read more of the books I actually own. It is going to be tough though because working at a library I am easily distracted by all the shiny, new arrivals.

TheNeverendingTBR The bookmark!! 👌 2y
jackilynn @TheNeverendingTBR it is one of my favorites. I like to match my bookmarks to my books (as best I can) and since this is the only Stephen King book mark I have it is my go to anytime I read one of his books lol 2y
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Biohaz74
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Loved this book 10/10

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Michael_Gee
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Mehso-so

Couldn‘t leave out King‘s collection from my Year of the Rat listing, though this was one we didn‘t read for bookclub. I pretty much bought it for the beautiful cover. I enjoyed “The Life of Chuck” (tender!) and the title story, but the “Rat” story was just “all rat.”

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KathyWheeler
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1. Stephen King short story collections are usually good. I have the tagged book but haven‘t read it yet.
2. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson. Also Joe Hill‘s 20th-Century Ghosts.
3. Stand-alone, but if done well, like Olive Kitteridge, related stories are good too.
#sundayfunday

Reggie I love his short stories. Crouch End from Nightmares and Dreamscapes is one of my favorites! 2y
ozma.of.oz Ghost stories are awesome! Thanks for sharing! 2y
KathyWheeler @Reggie You know, for someone who generally writes really long novels and is not often concise, King can really write a short story. I love The Man in the Black Suit (Everything‘s Eventual) and The Sun Dog (Four Past Midnight.) Crouch End is great too. 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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A book of short stories by Stephen King. I enjoyed them- my favorite was If It Bleeds featuring Holly Gibney. However this is the second King I‘ve finished in two days, and my 4th this month. Time to take a break even if it means not getting a BINGO for #BookspinBingo again this month! #TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon2020 #Screamathon #Slaughterthon #IVotedEarlyReadathon #AuthorAMonth2020

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you can OD on an author!! 😂 2y
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AmyG
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4 stories (1 novella) and a solid Stephen King book. From a cell phone that communicates from the grave, to a talking rat to the return of Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes books....another good Stephen King book. IMHO his writing is always tops.

And this is my #authoramonth book for October!
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Bookwormjillk I just started this yesterday. Really like it so far. 2y
AmyG @Bookwormjillk Enjoy!!! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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Tonight I read If It Bleeds and It 🎈
#BookSpinBingo 6hrs
#CocoTurns50 6hrs
#ReadYourOwnWay 6hrs
#Screamathon2020 4hrs 221pts
#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness @StayCurious

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OutAndAbout
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First story - Mr Harrigan‘s Phone. Meh. Just okay. I love Stephen King and as always the writing is exquisite but the story was a bit predictable. ☎️