I am looking for a story which I read approximately in the late nineties/early 00s. I read it in German. It might have been a short story from a book containing other similar short stories, but I am not sure about that. The author might have been Stephen King, but I am not sure about that either.

I don't remember many details, but the main character was definitely male, and he was seeing a figure slowly approaching him in any reflecting surface, but whenever he turned around, there was nothing there.

He was terrified about what would happen when the figure in the mirror finally reached him, so he hid away somewhere without a reflecting surface, just barely before the figure caught him.

It ends with

the protagonist looking into the eyes of someone - most likely a love interest, but I don't know for sure - only to find that the eyes show his reflection. The figure finally reaches him and strangles him, and I believe that he dies.

The setting, as far as I can remember, was the normal world at the (then-)current time.

I think that the book I read was not brand new, and given the age of similar books I read at that time I would think that it has been published not earlier than the 80s.

Based on the Wikipedia Entry, it does not seem to be "The Reaper's image" by Stephen King.

In the spirit of providing as much detail as possible, for some reason I remember that another story of the book contained a vicious cat, but I might be confusing this with another book I read at that time. That other story is most likely "The Cat from Hell" by Stephen King, as it matches a few of the details I remember from that story.

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    While looking for anthologies containing The Cat from Hell I found this anthology in German. Could this have been the book you are thinking of? Mar 10, 2020 at 11:40
  • Possibly related, although it's about a show and not a written story: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/3931/…
    – Raj
    Mar 10, 2020 at 13:43
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    @Raj That's an odd case - I have viewed the trailer and have never seen this before. However, the story definitely matches what I have read! I am currently trying to find a novelization of this story
    – Philipp
    Mar 10, 2020 at 14:11
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    There is a short story called Mirror, Mirror in Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories vol II, which I think may be a tied to the TV show in the question Raj mentioned. Could this be it? I cannot find a copy anywhere - even archive.org has let me down this time. Mar 10, 2020 at 15:13
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    Yes, that's it. "Steven Spielberg's neue unglaubliche Geschichten" in German, hence my connection to Stephen King. Thanks for all the efforts, Raj and John, I would be happy to accept an answer, so that you get the rep you deserve :)
    – Philipp
    Mar 10, 2020 at 15:24

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OP confirmed that the story is Mirror, Mirror from Volume II of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. While I haven't read it myself, it seems that it was adapted from the Amazing Stories TV series. The episode has this plot description on Wikipedia:

A horror novelist is haunted by a figure in his mirror.

The show was (probably) the answer to another question on this site.

Thanks to John Rennie, for finding this.

  • Aw man... I saw the TV show when searching, but didn't see it was based on a short story.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Mar 10, 2020 at 15:46
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    I think it was the other way round: Steven Bauer created the book based on the TV series!
    – Philipp
    Mar 10, 2020 at 16:03
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    @PhilippFlenker if we've (finally! :-) identified the book please click on the green tick mark to the left of Raj's answer to mark it as accepted. Mar 10, 2020 at 16:51
  • Done! Thanks again!
    – Philipp
    Mar 10, 2020 at 18:43

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