Drunken Fireworks by Stephen King

Welcome to Saturday Shorts where we feature short stories and novellas.  This seasonal short story is classic King.

Drunken FireworksTitle: Drunken Fireworks
AuthorStephen King
Publish Date: June 30, 2015
Genre: Suspense
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionOnly on audio! A brand-new, never-before-published Stephen King short story unavailable in any other format!

Alden McCausland and his mother are what they call “accident rich”; thanks to an unexpected life-insurance policy payout and a winning Big Maine Millions scratcher, Alden and his Ma are able to spend their summers down by Lake Abenaki, idly drinking their days away in a three-room cabin with an old dock and a lick of a beach.

Across the lake, they can see what “real rich” looks like: the Massimo family’s Twelve Pines Camp, the big white mansion with guest house and tennis court that Alden’s Ma says is paid for by “ill-gotten gains” courtesy of Massimo Construction. When Alden’s holiday-weekend sparklers and firecrackers set off what over the next few years comes to be known as the Fourth of July Arms Race, he learns how far he and the Massimos will go to win an annual neighborly rivalry—one that lands Alden in the Castle County jail.

Read by beloved Down East storyteller Tim Sample—praised by Stephen King for his “wit and talent and good-heartedness”—Drunken Fireworks makes for explosive audio listening.


Agent_Annie 100badge4v4Drunken Fireworks takes place in a small town in the backwoods of Maine. The narrator has captured the accent of a true “maniac” and has great fun in telling the story of what happened this past 4th of July at the culmination of the “2015 Arms Race”. The story echoes the style of Delores Claiborne with the first person narrative speaking and responding to an “offsite” officer of the law. It also ties in characters from other stories that King writes that take place in Maine. If you are a Stephen King fan, you will feel like you’ve come home to a story told by a venerable older Uncle as you sit around the fire and drink a beer or two.

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About Agent Annie

I am a former Independent bookstore owner that created a 30 books in 30 minutes presentation for book clubs, libraries and avid reader groups. I specialize in short reviews that focus on plot, theme and discussion topics. I primarily read mystery/thriller, who-done-its and sci-fi/fantasy. I love stories in any format and will listen to an audio book as quickly as I would read a paper or digital version. I prefer books that make you think, don't have a predictable ending and tend to have some aspect that is outside the current norm. I tend to enjoy series once I am hooked on the main characters and the world and am very loyal. Some of the books I've enjoyed in the past are: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne & Todd McCaffrey and The Sherlockian Graham Moore. I will also read ANYTHING by Stephen King. As a matter of fact, I wrote a graduate level paper on the leadership styles in The Stand. I will accept review requests.

Posted on July 18, 2015, in 4-Good, Agent Annie, Male, Review, Saturday Shorts, Thriller/Suspense and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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