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If It Bleeds - Stephen King

If It Bleeds

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 1,104 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author, legendary storyteller, and master of short fiction Stephen King comes an extraordinary collection of four new and compelling novellas—Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the title story If It Bleeds—each pulling you into intriguing and frightening places.

The novella is a form King has returned to over and over again in the course of his amazing career, and many have been made into iconic films, including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” (Shawshank Redemption). Like Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, and most recently Full Dark, No Stars, If It Bleeds is a uniquely satisfying collection of longer short fiction by an incomparably gifted writer.


  • You ruined your own book with unnecessary political bias. You are pathetic.

    By oped01
    Ok story but the repeated political anti-Trump BS was totally unnecessary. But expected from a sick leftist. When will you all ever learn.
  • Yes!

    By cushy32
    Another awesome book! Why not, it’s Stephen King!
  • Great Stories

    By Fastprof
    I really loved reading through the stories in this book. Stephen King has such a way with words and drama. A case in point is the buildup in “If It Bleeds”. The suspence builds and builds, and then at the end of one chapter there is this line “And that’s when the scratching began.” How perfect is that. I realize that other reviewers mentioned the similarity of the first two stories to episodes of “The Twilight Zone”. Maybe a bit, but who cannot love the new twist of a cell phone put in the pocket of a recently deceased person? Talk about creepy.
  • Still the KING!!! 🤩🤩🤩

    By DMluvsyou
    Great collection of stories, especially the return of Holly Gibney in “If It Bleeds!” Highly recommend! 👍🏻😎
  • First Time Reading Stephen King

    By txpenelope
    This is actually the very first Stephen King book I’ve read. This book is actually a group of 4 novellas. I wasn’t sure what to expect with a title about blood. However, the stories I read aren’t gory at all. I didn’t read story 3 which is the story that titles the book. Mr Harrigans Phone was a cross between Stand By Me and Twilight Zone. The story could have went deep into horror but was more of a reminiscent story with strange happenings. There are some very adult situations that make this not suitable for young teens. The Life of Chuck was simply strange - going backwards in time. I had a hard time keeping the story straight. Very odd story. Rat was my favorite of the 3 stories I read. Lots of character building before getting to the exciting part of the story with the rat. I read this book for my book club and I’m glad I got to discuss the stories with others.
  • If it bleeds

    By Anna banana-100
  • Not up to King standards

    By App, I am disappoint
    The first two stories seemed based on an episode of Twilight Zone and a short story by Arthur C Clarke. What I love about Stephen King stories is that I feel immersed in the setting and characters after a few pages. Not so with the first two, they were sort of flat. The third story was just plain boring. I wonder if Joe Hill wrote it. It’s exactly the same kind of read as The Fireman, which I struggled to stick with, waiting for a story that never happened. I never finished The Fireman and had to skim the third story here. The last story was good and I felt like StephenKing had actually written it. But he seems to work his Trump hate into everything he writes these days. I read to escape politics. Plus, even though celebrities and artists seem to think they are political experts, I don’t. When I want political information I turn to books by reporters, economists, political experts.
  • Stephen King?

    By Bobmandoo
    Waste of time. I have read many, many SK novels. Loved them! But sadly no more. They have been sliding for a while now.✌️
  • As always, 5 stars

    By jennie104
    I don’t know how he does it but Stephen King always remains constant as far as expanding my mind! Every book I read of his takes me completely out of myself and into his fictional world, and this one is no exception. I especially love If It Bleeds, which is a Holly Gibney story, with references to the phenomenal The Outsider (and a few other non-related stories he’s written). If you are a Stephen King fan this book will not disappoint!!
  • Haven’t read it

    I haven’t read this book but I love the story of Steven King books and love da shining sonI guess it’s good lol Steven you r gifted and wealthy congrats on making me scared for life about clowns screw it and honestly Danny is my fave drop the mic lol and the jerk who gave it a one star is such an butt honestly who would do that to the best hoarr author of all time. Screw him/ her thx fans by sub to Anderson’s Memes YT on YouTube lol bye