Synopses & Reviews
From the Magical Pen of Stephen King, Four Mesmerizing Novellas
Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”
An unjustly imprisoned convict seeks a strange and startling revenge
the basis for the Best Picture Academy Award nominee The Shawshank Redemption.
Todd Bowden is one of the top students in his high school class and a typical American sixteen-year-olduntil he becomes obsessed about the dark and deadly past of an older man in town. The inspiration for the film Apt Pupil from Phoenix Pictures.
Four rambunctious young boys plunge through the façade of a small town and come face-to-face with life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. The film Stand By Me is based on this novella.
The Breathing Method”
A disgraced woman is determined to triumph over death.
"He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them." Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“To find the secret of his success, you have to compare King to Twain and Poe— Kings stories tap the roots of myth buried in all our minds.”—Los Angeles Times
“Buy Different Seasons. I promise youll enjoy it….He creates people who are so alive, you can almost sense them.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“The wondrous readability of his work, as well as the instant sense of communication with his characters, are what make King the consummate storyteller that he is.”—Houston Chronicle
“Hypnotic.”—The New York Times Book Review
This collection of four novellas, markedly different in tone and subject, includes three that have become well-received movies. The first (filmed as The Shawshank Redemption) is a rich, satisfying tale about an innocent man who nurtures hope and devises a scheme to escape from prison. In "Apt Pupil", a boy discards his innocence by enticing an old man to travel with him into a reawakening of long-buried evil. In "The Body" (filmed as Stand By Me), a writer looks back on the trek he took with three friends on the brink of adolescence. The final novella, "The Breathing Method", is a horror yarn about a woman whose indomitable spirit keeps her baby alive under extraordinary circumstances.
Four mesmerizing novellas, including the inspirations for the movies The Shawshank Redemption
, Apt Pupil
and Stand By Me
About the Author
Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.