Blood and Smoke
by Stephen King
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Stephen King had such fun recording the epic, unabridged audio version of his haunting novel
Bag of Bones, he decided to publish the
three-story collection Blood and Smoke exclusively on audio. They're horror stories, good and dark, loosely linked by the theme of
cigarettes and a macabre humor. The flip-top cigarette-box package is amusingly cool, too.
In the first tale, "Lunch at the Gotham Café," Steve Davis quits smoking two days after his wife dumps him. King cleverly compares the
two kinds of withdrawal: obsession blends with emotional flatness, and you're left "with a feeling the world has taken on a decidedly
dreamy cast." Driven, Steve meets with his wife and her lawyer at a midtown Manhattan restaurant, where the nightmare begins. "I was
pretty sure something was wrong with the maitre d' almost as soon as I saw him," says Steve, and gothic café events soon prove him
But the gory denouement actually worked better on the page, in the 1995 book
Love (now available in Everything's
Eventual). King's two new stories, written directly for
audio, outdo the first. In "1408," Mike Enslin, a writer who once studied with Jane Smiley, dreamed of being a Yale Younger Poet, and
"starved on the payroll of The Village Voice," is reduced to hacking out stuff like "10 Nights in 10 Haunted Houses." For a follow-up, he
visits room 1408 of the film noir-ish Dolphin Hotel. "Five women and one man have jumped from that room's single window, Mr.
Enslin," notes the proprietor. "Twelve suicides in 68 years." Ah, but Mike is wearing his "lucky Hawaiian shirt--it's the one with the ghost
repellent," and an unlit cigarette is tucked behind his ear.
"In the Deathroom" evokes another scary small space: a bloodstained basement Ministry of Information in which Fletcher, a reporter who
quit smoking long ago, asks Escobar and his torturer's assistants--Ramon and a woman who reminds Fletcher of the Bride of
Frankenstein--for a last cigarette. Fletcher recognizes the "we don't need no steenkeeng badges" cliché he's trapped in, and is "amazed to
discover that one's sense of humor ... could function this far into a state of terror." But when Fletcher takes a drag, "knowing he might be
dead before it burned down to the filter," you'll be tense. King's nasal, sarcastic delivery puts you right in there with his horrified
On The Back
Stephen King has forced us to confront our greatest fears. He has guided us through the depths of our imagination to places we never
would have ventured alone. Now, in Blood and Smoke, he takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is
the world of the smoker.
In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men in three unabridged stories of unfiltered suspense.
In Lunch at the Gotham Café, Steve Davis is suffering through intense withdrawal -- from both nicotine and his wife. His desperation
for a cigarette and for his ex are almost too much to bear, but that's nothing compared to the horrors that await him at a trendy Manhattan
In 1408, Mike Enslin, bestselling author of "true" ghost stories, decides to spend the night in New York City's most haunted hotel room.
But he must live to write about it without the help of his ex best-friends, his trusty smokes.
And in In the Deathroom, a man named Fletcher is held captive in a South American stronghold. His captors will use any tortuous
means necessary to extract the information they want from him. His only hope lies with his last request -- one last cigarette, please.
A cartonfull of chills and thrills, Blood and Smoke is classic Stephen King. The most mesmerizing storyteller of our time is at his inventive
and compelling best.
Buy The AudioBook
Everything's Eventual (2002) -
Mass Market Paperback (2002),
Large Print Hardcover (2002),
Everything's Eventual (2002) -
Microsoft Reader Download (2002),
Adobe Reader Download (2002)
Blood & Smoke (unabridged) (1999) -
Compact Disc (1999),
Audio Cassette (1999)
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