The Man in the Black Suit
“This story is proof that writers are often the WORST judges of what they have written.”- SK
The Man in the Black Suit is an award winning (World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, 1995–O.Henry Award for Best Short Fiction in 1996) short story that was originally published in 1994 in The New Yorker magazine and later collected in King’s 2002 collection of shorts,Everything’s Eventual.
The story came to Stephen King when a friend of his told the story about how his grandfather had a run-in with what he described as the Devil himself while walking around in the woods one day.
This story is told as a recollection of a much older Gary narrating the tale about the day he escaped the devil down by the fishing stream when he was 9-years-old.
One day, Gary goes fishing at a nearby stream for trout and falls asleep there on the bank. When he wakes up he discovers a man in a black three piece suit with skin like milk and claw like fingers with sharp, pointy teeth and eyes red as fire standing there before him. Along with this frightening imagery of the man, Gary could smell burnt matches in his presence.
As the man in the black suit stands there, he begins to talk to young Gary telling him all kinds of scary shit about his mother being killed by a bee sting while he’s been away fishing, his dad eventually molesting him later on in the future and that he, the man in the black suit, was going to eat him whole there in the woods. Gary manages to get away from the man in the black suit and heads for home.
This is a must read…
The Man in the Black Suit rocks-5/5 (Certifiable Classic)