Under the Weather

Posted: May 23, 2011
Category: Short stories
Under the Weather is a surprise story that King included in the paperback edition of Full Dark, No Stars. Why it was included here I'm not sure of but it fits. It's not that connected to the other stories in the book but it fits with them so it's logical to put it here.

In the story we meat Brad who's wife isn't feeling too well one morning. So, as the good husband he is, he lets her sleep when he leaves for work. His only concern is that the people coming to check on what's stinking up the apartment building where they live will wake her up and not let her get the rest she needs. But there isn't much he can do about it so...

Under the Weather is a very short story, only 16 pages long, but it's a very well told story and I like it. It does what it's supposed to and it works really well. Maybe the outcome is a bit predictable but that really doesn't matter, I still wanted to see how it would end.

Since it's such a short story it's read in one sitting and it left me wanting more. I wanted to know what had happened before we entered the story. Who are X and his wife? Why do they do the things they do? Maybe we'll know one day, who know...

Lilja's final words about Under the Weather:

So, should you buy the book even if you have the hardback? Well, I think you should. It's only $10 so it's not that expensive...but that's me. You'll do as you see fit but don't say I didn't tell you to get it OK?