If It Bleeds - UK

If It Bleeds
Stephen King
Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN-13: 978-1-529-39153-4
Publication Year:
April 21, 2020
Trade 1st
Issue Price:
436 Pages. Bound in dark grey, having dark grey endpapers. "First published in Great Britain in 2020 by Hodder & Stoughton", followed by single number '1' Dedication: Thinking of Russ Dorr I miss you, Chief.
As has become the norm for UK King publications, WH Smith also released a "Limited" edition purple cover version. All other aspects are identical

News people have a saying: 'If it bleeds, it leads'. And a bomb at Albert Macready Middle School is guaranteed to lead any bulletin.

Holly Gibney of the Finders Keepers detective agency is working on the case of a missing dog - and on her own need to be more assertive - when she sees the footage on TV. But when she tunes in again, to the late-night report, she realises there is something not quite right about the correspondent who was first on the scene. So begins 'If It Bleeds', a stand-alone sequel to the No. 1 bestselling THE OUTSIDER featuring the incomparable Holly on her first solo case - and also the riveting title story in Stephen King's brilliant new collection.

Dancing alongside are three more wonderful long stories from this 'formidably versatile author' (The Sunday Times) - *'*Mr Harrigan's Phone', 'The Life of Chuck' and 'Rat'. All four display the richness of King's storytelling with grace, humour, horror and breathtaking suspense. A fascinating Author's Note gives us a wonderful insight into the origin of each story and the writer's unparalleled imagination.

Excerpt from If It Bleeds, by Stephen King

[In January of 2021, a small padded envelope addressed to Detective Ralph Anderson is delivered to the Conrads, the Andersonsí next-door neighbors. The Anderson family is on an extended vacation in the Bahamas, thanks to an endless teachersí strike in the Andersonsí home county. (Ralph insisted that his son Derek bring his books, which Derek termed ďa grotesque bummer.Ē) The Conrads have agreed to forward their mail until the Andersons return to Flint City, but printed on this envelope, in large letters, is DO NOT FORWARD HOLD FOR ARRIVAL. When Ralph opens the package, he finds a flash drive titled If It Bleeds, presumably referring to the old news trope which proclaims ďIf it bleeds, it leads.Ē The drive contains two items. One is a folder containing photographs and audio spectrograms. The other is a kind of report, or spoken-word diary, from Holly Gibney, with whom the detective shared a case that began in Oklahoma and ended in a Texas cave. It was a case that changed Ralph Andersonís perception of reality forever. The final words of Hollyís audio report are from an entry dated December 19th, 2020. She sounds out of breath.

I have done the best I can, Ralph, but it may not be enough. In spite of all my planning thereís a chance I wonít come out of this alive. If thatís the case, I need you to know how much your friendship has meant to me. If I do die, and you choose to continue what Iíve started, please be careful. You have a wife and son.

[This is where the report ends.]

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