I have been fortunate enough to have made quite a few good friends in the entertainment industry. Talented people whom I can call upon to lent their talents when their talents are needed. When my friend, Leila Tong (Tong Ling) needed to record a quick voice demo for a record company that she's planning on working with, I was asked by our mutual manager (Mon Ng) if I could find someone to help out (as it was kind of a last minute kinda thing) and put her voice to song and onto a CD... quick. So I placed a call to my talented song writing and music producing buddy, Tige Hui, and got him to help out at his home studio. It was fun, we got work done, and it reminded me of my old high-school puck rock days. Check out some photos taken during the recording session. It looks like we were goofing around (and we were) but we got lots done.
"we've worked so hard, we've gone crazy... at least the person behind me has..."
"what do you mean you don't have WoW installed?!!?!!!! Would you like to know what death tastes like?!"
"HURRY UP AND SING GOOD!!! I HAVE TO BE HOME IN AN HOUR TO PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT!!!!!"
My manager requesting that I shut my mouth...
Everything's Eventual (2002)
Short Story Collection
All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
Autopsy Room Four
The Death of Jack Hamilton
In the Deathroom
L.T.'s Theory of Pets
Little Sisters of Eluria
Lunch at the Gotham Cafe
The Man in the Black Suit
Riding the Bullet
The Road Virus Heads North
That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is In French
In his introduction to Everything's Eventual, horror author extraordinaire Stephen King describes how he used a deck of playing cards to select the order in which these 14 tales of the macabre would appear. Judging by the impact of these stories, from the first words of the darkly fascinating "Autopsy Room Four" to the haunting final pages of "Luckey Quarter," one can almost believe King truly is guided by forces from beyond.
His first collection of short stories since the release of Nightmares & Dreamscapes in 1993, Everything's Eventual represents King at his most undiluted. The short story format showcases King's ability to spook readers using the most mundane settings (a yard sale) and comfortable memories (a boyhood fishing excursion). The dark tales collected here are some of King's finest, including an O. Henry Prize winner and "Riding the Bullet," published originally as an e-book and at one time expected by some to be the death knell of the physical publishing world. True to form, each of these stories draws the reader into King's slightly off-center world from the first page, developing characters and atmosphere more fully in the span of 50 pages than many authors can in a full novel.
For most rabid King fans, chief among the tales in this volume will be "The Little Sisters of Eluria," a novella that first appeared in the fantasy collection Legends, set in King's ever-expanding Dark Tower universe. In this story, set prior to the first Dark Tower volume, the reader finds Gunslinger Roland of Gilead wounded and under the care of nurses with very dubious intentions. Also included in this collection are "That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French," the story of a woman's personal hell; "1408," in which a writer of haunted tour guides finally encounters the real thing; "Everything's Eventual," the title story, about a boy with a dream job that turns out to be more of a nightmare; and "L.T.'s Theory of Pets," a story of divorce with a bloody surprise ending.
King also includes an introductory essay on the lost art of short fiction and brief explanatory notes that give the reader background on his intentions and inspirations for each story. As with any occasion when King directly addresses his dear Constant Readers, his tone is that of a camp counselor who's almost apologetic for the scare his fireside tales are about to throw into his charges, yet unwilling to soften the blow. And any campers gathered around this author's fire would be wise to heed his warnings, for when King goes bump in the night, it's never just a branch on the window. --Benjamin Reese
本書は、1993年刊行の『Nightmares & Dreamscapes』（邦題『いかしたバンドのいる町で：ナイトメアズ＆ドリームスケープス I』、『ヘッドタウン：ナイトメアズ&ドリームスケープス II』）以来、久々の短編集だが、ここにはキングの魅力がそのまま詰まっている。短編という形式は、ごくありふれた設定（ガレージセール）や昔懐かしい思い出（少年時代に魚釣りに遠出したこと）を素材に使って読者を戦慄させる、キングの手腕がまさに発揮される場だ。数あるキングの短編でも傑作に数えられる作品もいくつか収められていて、なかでもO・ヘンリー賞受賞作や「Riding the Bullet」は当初e-Bookとして発表され、既存の出版界に終焉を告げる事件だと一時騒がれた。例によって、どの作品も1ページ目から、現実からややはずれたキング独特の世界に読者を引きずりこみ、わずか50ページの長さで、ちまたにあふれる多くの作家たちの長編より、はるかにみごとに登場人物や雰囲気を構築している。
この短編集でキングの熱狂的ファンがいちばん注目するのは、「The Little Sisters of Eluria」（邦題「暗黒の塔-エルーリアの修道女」）だろう。際限なく広がり続ける「暗黒の塔」世界を舞台にするこの作品は、ファンタジー・アンソロジー『Legends』（邦題『伝説は永遠に(1)ファンタジィの殿堂』）で最初に発表された。「暗黒の塔」シリーズ第1巻より以前に設定を置き、いかにも怪しい看護婦たちの世話になる負傷したガンスリンガー、ギリアドのローランドが描かれる。ほかに、ある女性の悲劇の物語「That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French」、幽霊ツアーガイドブックのライターがついに本物の幽霊に出会う「1408」、ずっと夢見ていた仕事に就いた少年を悪夢が襲う表題作「Everything's Eventual」、血なまぐさいラストが驚愕を誘う離婚劇「L.T.'s Theory of Pets」などの作品が収録されている。
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