Look no further for chills and thrills (and a little dash of surprising sappiness) than the Master of Horror, Stephen King. This collection of short stories will keep you awake (and thinking) all night, whether you want to or not. The first of the stories is “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.” It starts heartwarming while showing the friendship of the narrator, Craig, and his retired businessman neighbor, Mr. Harrigan. Then it turns unnerving when, after Mr. Harrigan dies, Craig learns there is something supernatural about the man’s cell phone (a gift from Craig himself). The second short is titled The Life of Chuck. As the title states, it examines the life of Chuck but in reverse, from death to childhood. This interesting prompt opens the gates for a wild ride into the meaning of life. The final two stories, the titular If It Bleeds and Rat, feature more of King’s signature horror, with a psychological twist. The latter features a reoccurring King character, Holly Gibney, investigating an odd news reporter who keeps being first on the scene of large-scale atrocities. The former brings back the classic horror scenario of a deal with the devil. Drew Larson is an unsuccessful writer trapped in his isolated writing cabin due to a storm. Delusional, Larson talks to a rat who soon can talk back. The rat promises the poor author fame and fortune if the rat can take the life of one of Larson’s family members. The stories run from about 60 to 200 pages. Since many of King’s other works can be much longer, this is recommended for anyone who wants an afternoon read.