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4th Dec '16 11:38:40 PM Xtifr
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[[quoteright:328:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/fulldark_7309.jpg]]'''''Full Dark, No Stars''''' is a collection of novellas written by Creator/StephenKing that all deal with the themes of vengeance and retribution.

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''Full
Dark, No Stars''''' Stars'' is a collection of novellas written by Creator/StephenKing that all deal with the themes of vengeance and retribution.
20th Nov '16 9:33:12 PM Andrew
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* DarkerAndEdgier: Probably one of King's bleakest works. It starts off grim and only gets worse.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Probably one of King's bleakest works. It starts off grim and only gets worse.worse (King even discusses this in his afterword, rather ruefully noting that all the stories in the collection are incredibly bleak).



* AffablyEvil: George Elvid is very friendly for the Devil.
** Though he becomes much less affable when he ends his business with Streeter and becomes anxious to make tracks.
* AssholeVictim: Played with. Dave sees Tom Goodhugh as one (he stole Dave's girlfriend, got rich off an idea that Dave helped implement, etc), but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when his life turns to shit.
** Not to mention that Dave comes across as an UnreliableNarrator and is possibly lying/exaggerating Tom's villainy.

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* AffablyEvil: George Elvid is very friendly for the Devil.
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generally quite friendly, but he becomes much less affable displays flashes of anger and impatience when he ends his business with Streeter and becomes anxious to make tracks.
Dave annoys him.
* AssholeVictim: Played with. Dave sees Tom Goodhugh as one (he stole Dave's girlfriend, got rich off an idea that Dave helped implement, etc), but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when his life turns to shit.
** Not to mention that
the reader never actually sees Tom acting like an asshole. Dave comes across as is something of an UnreliableNarrator UnreliableNarrator, and is possibly lying/exaggerating tends to spin all of Tom's villainy.courtesy and friendliness as smarmy douchebaggery.
30th Oct '16 2:21:24 PM AurealisSteel
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* Sadist: Dave Streeter becomes one, relishing the suffering Tom Goodhugh and his family go through.
30th Oct '16 2:19:30 PM AurealisSteel
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* AssholeVictim: Played with. The reader is made to hate Tom Goodhugh (he stole Dave's girlfriend, got rich off an idea that Dave helped implement, etc), but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when his life turns to shit.

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* AssholeVictim: Played with. The reader is made to hate Dave sees Tom Goodhugh as one (he stole Dave's girlfriend, got rich off an idea that Dave helped implement, etc), but it's hard not to feel sorry for him when his life turns to shit.



* TheBadGuyWins: Dave Streeter enjoys watching the horrible things that happen to Tom Goodhough's family, delighting in Tom's suffering while telling him it will get better. Meanwhile, Dave becomes more and more prosperous and happy. At the end of the story, looking at Venus, he makes a wish - for more.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Dave Streeter enjoys watching the horrible things that happen to Tom Goodhough's Goodhugh's family, delighting in Tom's suffering while telling him it will get better. Meanwhile, Dave becomes more and more prosperous and happy. At the end of the story, looking at Venus, he makes a wish - for more.



* DrivenToSuicide: Almost. After his life goes to shit, Tom tells Dave that if he could kill himself and make it look like an accident, he would. Dave, delighting in Tom's suffering, tells him it will get better. [[spoiler: It won't.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: Almost. After his life goes to shit, Tom tells Dave that if he could kill himself and make it look like an accident, he would. Dave, delighting in Tom's suffering, tells him it will get better. [[spoiler: It (It won't.]])



* KarmaHoudini: Dave Streeter.

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* HappilyMarried: Although Dave is angry about losing Norma to Tom Goodhugh, he nonetheless is genuinely in love with his wife, Janet. At the end of the story, he states their marriage is as "strong as an oak door."
* KarmaHoudini: Dave Streeter.Streeter is cured of his cancer and lives a happy life. He ends the story wishing for more.



* Sadist: Dave Streeter becomes one, relishing the suffering Tom Goodhugh and his family go through.



* AxesAtSchool: Bob planned a school shooting when he was younger with his friend Brian, several decades before Columbine.

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* AxesAtSchool: Bob planned a school shooting when he was younger with his friend Brian, Brian Delahanty, several decades before Columbine.



* CriminalMindGames: Beadie sends taunting messages to the police, where Bob deliberately misspells to hide his intelligence.
* DarkSecret: First Bob's, then Darcy's in the end, which Holt Ramsey figures out.

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* CriminalMindGames: Beadie sends taunting messages to the police, where which Bob deliberately misspells to hide his intelligence.
* DarkSecret: First Bob's, Bob's - then Darcy's in the end, which Holt Ramsey figures out.



* NightmareFetishist: Darcy discovers that her husband has a collection of extremely dark sadomasochistic magazines.

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* NightmareFetishist: Darcy discovers that her husband has a collection of extremely dark sadomasochistic magazines. And then it gets worse.



* StrawMisogynist: How Bob justifies his crime to himself. He believes a delusion that many women he meet are sluts - he uses the term "snoot" - who are trying to tempt him, when in fact they are doing normal things or even acting creeped out (such as waitress Stacey Moore). He then believes that they are sexually teasing him, so in his view they deserve to die.

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* StrawMisogynist: How Bob justifies his crime to himself. He believes has a delusion that many women he meet are sluts - he (he uses the term "snoot" - "snoot") who are trying to tempt him, when in fact they are doing normal things or even acting creeped out (such out, such as waitress Stacey Moore).Moore. He then believes that they are sexually teasing him, so in his view they deserve to die.



* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler:Brad is firmly in stage 1, Denial, and it doesn’t look like he will get out of it soon...]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: in a flashback we learn that, while they were on a plane to The Bahama’s, Brad thought for a moment that Ellen had died while in fact she was just sleeping, and when he told about this later, he promised he would [[spoiler: never accept her death, but just use his imagination to keep her alive. By the end of the story, we find out that Ellen has died and Brad is doing exactly what he promised.]]

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* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler:Brad is firmly in stage Stage 1, Denial, and it doesn’t look like he will get out of it soon...soon.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: in a flashback we learn that, while they were on a plane to The Bahama’s, Bahamas, Brad thought for a moment that Ellen had died while in fact she was just sleeping, and when sleeping. When he told her about this later, he promised he would [[spoiler: never accept her death, but just use his imagination to keep her alive. By the end of the story, we find out that Ellen has died and Brad is doing exactly what he promised.]]
29th Oct '16 1:54:56 PM AurealisSteel
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A man makes a DealWithTheDevil to exchange his misery with his friend's good luck.

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A man Cancer patient Dave Streeter makes a DealWithTheDevil to exchange his misery with his friend's good luck.
29th Oct '16 1:52:55 PM AurealisSteel
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After being violated and left for dead, a crime novelist uses her detective skills and plots her revenge.

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After being horribly violated and left for dead, a crime novelist Tess uses her detective skills and plots to plot her revenge.



* AnimateInanimateObject: Tess imagines many of her appliances helping her and giving her advice.

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* AnimateInanimateObject: Tess imagines many of her appliances helping her and giving her advice. She also imagines her cat talking to her.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: Betsy Neal's stepfather would hold a butterknife to her face while raping her. The knife slipped.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tess initially has one of these after accidentally killing her rapist's brother and believing him to be innocent. [[spoiler: It turns out he was in on it with his brother.]]
* RapeAndRevenge
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* ScaryLibrarian: [[spoiler: Ramona, who deliberately sent Tess off the beaten path so she would get raped and murdered by her son.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tess initially has one of these after accidentally killing her rapist's brother and believing him to be innocent. [[spoiler: It turns out he was in on it with his brother.brother, so she stops feeling guilty.]]
* RapeAndRevenge
RapeAndRevenge: The entire plot of the story. Tess is brutally raped and left for dead, [[spoiler: and murders those responsible, including the rapist's mother and brother.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Tess goes on one.
* ScaryLibrarian: [[spoiler: Ramona, Ramona Norville, who deliberately sent Tess off the beaten path so she would get raped and murdered by her son.]]



* AffablyEvil: George Elvid is very friendly for the Devil

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* AffablyEvil: George Elvid is very friendly for the DevilDevil.



* TheBadGuyWins: Streeter enjoys watching the horrible things that happen to Tom Goodhough's family. Meanwhile, he becomes more and more prosperous and happy. In the end, looking at stars, he makes a wish - for more.

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* TheBadGuyWins: Dave Streeter enjoys watching the horrible things that happen to Tom Goodhough's family. family, delighting in Tom's suffering while telling him it will get better. Meanwhile, he Dave becomes more and more prosperous and happy. In At the end, end of the story, looking at stars, Venus, he makes a wish - for more.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Devil is clearly disgusted with Streeter.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: The Devil is clearly disgusted with Streeter.DrivenToSuicide: Almost. After his life goes to shit, Tom tells Dave that if he could kill himself and make it look like an accident, he would. Dave, delighting in Tom's suffering, tells him it will get better. [[spoiler: It won't.]]



* GreenEyedMonster: The ''actual'' reason for Streeter's hatred toward Tom.

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* GreenEyedMonster: The ''actual'' reason for Dave Streeter's hatred toward Tom.Tom Goodhugh.



* LouisCypher: George Elvid.

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* LouisCypher: George Elvid. Dave realizes this early on.



* BewareTheNiceOnes

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* BewareTheNiceOnesBewareTheNiceOnes: Bob is a doting husband and a pillar of the community. He's also the serial killer known as Beadie.



* DarkSecret: First Bob's then Darcy's.
* DeadTVRemoteGag: When Darcy's looking for batteries for hers, she finds a lot more than she intended....

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* DarkSecret: First Bob's Bob's, then Darcy's.
Darcy's in the end, which Holt Ramsey figures out.
* DeadTVRemoteGag: When Darcy's looking for batteries for hers, she finds a lot more than she intended....intended...



* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Bob states that Brian Delaney infected him with misogynistic and violent ideas, and his voice drives him to kill. Darcy believes this is simply a self-justification.

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* GollumMadeMeDoIt: Bob states that Brian Delaney Delahanty infected him with misogynistic and violent ideas, and his that Brian's voice drives him to kill. Darcy believes this is simply a self-justification.



* StrawMisogynist: How Bob justifies his crime to himself. He believes a delusion that many women he meet are sluts who are trying to tempt him, when in fact they are doing normal things or even acting creeped out. He then believes that they are sexually teasing him, so they deserve to die.

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* StrawMisogynist: How Bob justifies his crime to himself. He believes a delusion that many women he meet are sluts - he uses the term "snoot" - who are trying to tempt him, when in fact they are doing normal things or even acting creeped out. out (such as waitress Stacey Moore). He then believes that they are sexually teasing him, so in his view they deserve to die.



This is an additional short story included in some editions of the book, after the Afterword [[note]]later collected in ''Literature/BazaarOfBadDreams''[[/note]]. A man named Brad Franklin goes through his day while his wife Ellen stays in bed because she has bronchitis. Or so we are led to believe.

* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler:Brad is firmly in stage 1, Denial, and it doesn’t look like he will get out of it soon]]

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This is an additional short story included in some editions of the book, after the Afterword [[note]]later collected in ''Literature/BazaarOfBadDreams''[[/note]].''Literature/TheBazaarOfBadDreams''[[/note]]. A man named Brad Franklin goes through his day while his wife Ellen stays in bed because she has bronchitis. Or so we are led to believe.

* FiveStagesOfGrief: [[spoiler:Brad is firmly in stage 1, Denial, and it doesn’t look like he will get out of it soon]]soon...]]
22nd Apr '16 7:20:50 AM Steinman76
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** Arlette implies that Henry himself (and thus her unhappy marriage to Wilfred) is the result of this.
22nd Apr '16 7:19:45 AM Steinman76
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Henry doesn't want to leave the farm anyway, and Wilfred does everything he can to increase his fear. The thing that frightens Henry the most? If they move to Chicago, he'll end up going to high school with "black niggers".


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* SlapSlapKiss: No matter how bitterly they fight, Wilfred and Arlette never stop having sex with each other, though it becomes more like "the rutting of animals" as the bitterness grows.
22nd Apr '16 6:59:52 AM Steinman76
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* AbusiveParents: Arlette might have lived longer if she hadn't been so cruel to her son. And of course, making your son your accomplice in killing his mother is hardly good parenting either.
29th Dec '15 7:20:18 PM Seanette
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This is an additional short story included in some editions of the book, after the Afterword [[note:later collected in ''Literature/BazaarOfBadDreams'']]. A man named Brad Franklin goes through his day while his wife Ellen stays in bed because she has bronchitis. Or so we are led to believe.

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This is an additional short story included in some editions of the book, after the Afterword [[note:later [[note]]later collected in ''Literature/BazaarOfBadDreams'']].''Literature/BazaarOfBadDreams''[[/note]]. A man named Brad Franklin goes through his day while his wife Ellen stays in bed because she has bronchitis. Or so we are led to believe.
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