EVERYTHING’S EVENTUAL by Stephen King [Review]


I recently took a friends recommendation and checked out Everything’s Eventual by Stephen King. Everything’s Eventual is a collection of 14 dark tales and was published in 2002. Some of the short stories were taken from various past publications, like The New Yorker, and USA weekend. I really enjoy Stephen King’s writing and have read a couple dozen or so of his other books. I don’t enjoy scary movies too much though, (mostly because the loud, suspenseful music nearly gives me a heartatack), but scary books I can manage.

Now this particular book I checked out on audio which I would strongly recommend. Something about hearing the stories made it even more frightening (but not as bad as seeing it on film). Here’s a quick summary of some of my favorite stories from the book:

Everything’s Eventual – This story is narrated by 19 year old Dinky Earnshaw. Dinky has a special power and has been recruited to work for a company called the “Trans Corporation”. Everything is going fine until Dinky begins questioning the work that he does and the motives of Trans Corp. For all you Dark Tower fans out there, Dinky makes a small appearance in the series and Trans Corp is also mentioned.

Autopsy Room 4 – This was my favorite story from the book. King based this story on another short story by Louis Pollock in 1947 called “Breakdown” (it also appeared on TV on the Alfred Hitchcock show). The premise is simple. Howard Cottrell awakes in an autopsy room and he is the guest of honor. After realizing that he’s not dead, only paralyzed, he then has to somehow let the doctors know before they cut him to pieces.

The Road Virus Heads North – For me, this was by far the scariest tale in the book. Richard Kinell, a famous horror writer, comes across an odd painting at a yard sale. The painting is of a young man with sharp teeth riding in a convertible car. The seller informs him the artist burned all his other paintings, killed himself and left only this one work along with a mysterious note. Kinnell (who has many similarities to King) buys the painting and goes on his merry way. Richard is a little alarmed to find that the character in the painting has moved when he checks on it later. He’s down right terrified when he realizes the character may have come to life and be out to get him.

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