Full Dark, No Stars
is a collection of novellas written by Stephen King
that all deal with the themes of vengeance and retribution.
A man convinces his son to help him in murdering his wife after she proposes moving off the family homestead.
After being violated and left for dead, a mystery writer uses her detective skills and plots her revenge.
A man makes a Deal with the Devil
to exchange his misery with his friend's good luck.
- Affably Evil: 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.
- Asshole Victim: 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.
- The Bad Guy Wins: 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.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Of the darkest sort.
- Even Evil Has Standards: The Devil is clearly disgusted with Streeter.
- Equivalent Exchange: Dave Streeter's life finally turns around at the expense of his friend's.
- Green-Eyed Monster: The actual reason for Streeter's hatred toward Tom.
- Karma Houdini: Dave Streeter.
- Louis Cypher: George Elvid.
- Trauma Conga Line: Tom Goodhugh's life after Dave's deal.
- Villain Protagonist: By the end of the story Streeter has become one.
A Good Marriage
A middle-aged wife discovers that her husband is hiding a dark secret.
- Axes at School: Bob planned a school shooting when he was younger with his friend Brian.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Dark Secret: First Bob's then Darcy's.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bob is a vicious serial killer, but he was nothing but nice to his wife and children.
- Faux Affably Evil: Bob is rather charming and a pillar of the community.
- Man Bites Man: Bob enjoys biting his victims.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Darcy discovers that her husband has a collection of extremely dark sadomasochistic magazines.
- Serial Killer: Bob Anderson, a.k.a Beadie.
- Significant Monogram: Bob's serial killer alias 'Beadie' was derived from his childhood friend Brian Delahanty's initials. Bob believes that Brian 'infected' him.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: King was in part inspired by the BTK killer, particularly after the killer's wife received backlash for claiming to have no knowledge of her husband's crimes.
- Would Hurt a Child: While Bob usually just killed women, he also at one point killed one of their children. He later tells his wife that it was an accident, although that's put into doubt when it's revealed that he had bitten off the boy's penis.