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Four selections from the 1985 bestseller feature four of Stephen King's most gruesome and diabolical stories including "The Raft."
Audio Cassette, 4 pages
Published June 1st 1994 by Penguin Audiobooks
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Rj Money
While Stephen King is popularly known for his novels such as It, Cujo, and the Shining, King has also written a stellar number of novellas and short stories. Popular novellas such as The Mist and The Body were made into successful movies (The Mist and Stand By Me).

"Skeleton Crew" is an intense collection of short stories (including the novella The Mist) that constantly leaves the reader in shock and fear.

From "Survivor Type", a bone chilling short story about a surgeon who -stranded alone on a...more
Melissa
I very much enjoyed this collection. A few of the stories weren't really for me, but for the most part it was solidly entertaining, with some gems scattered throughout. It was also very ably narrated, with excellent inflection and easily distinguishable character voices which made for pleasant, easy listening.

Skeleton Crew opens with the novella The Mist, which I skipped over due to having read it as a standalone piece last year. Still, it's one that I enjoyed at the time, more so than the recen...more
Marco Cunqueiro
Skeleton Crew, an amazing novel, jam packed with fascinating short stories that astonish the mind. One of these being "The Mist".

After a violent and crushing thunderstorm takes place in Bridgton, Maine, an unnatural mist envelopes the town. The mist hides evil creatures that attack anyone who comes into the open. The story is mainly in a supermarket, with people who are trapped there while shopping. The story is told through David Drayton, who is in the supermarket with his son Billy and neighbo...more
Andy
Sep 24, 2008 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you know who
Recommended to Andy by: probably the scholastic book fair?
So I admit it. I was a Stephen King junkie at an early age. How could I not be growing up in New Hampshire and traveling to Maine every damn year. The Skeleton Crew was one of my favorites because (1.) I actually quite like the short story format and (2.) one of the stories, The Mist, not only took place in Bridgton, ME but it references Long Lake (which is connected to Sebago Lake by Brandy Pond via the Songo River and one of the last hand operated locks in the country -- The Songo Locks). Oh y...more
Luke Harrington
For whatever it's worth, this was the first time I bothered to sit down and read a Stephen King book from beginning to end. (I figured that I probably should, given that he's the only famous contemporary author that most people who don't read books can name.) This short story collection presented a pretty good cross-section of his capabilties -- stories range from visceral and gruesome to slow and ponderous -- and it gave me a pretty good understanding of why so many love him and so many hate hi...more
Alex
Stephen King from the start has delivered great novels. Skeleton Crew is in the my top list of his masterpieces. This book contains many chilling short stories that I guarantee Stephen King fans and horror reading fans will love. Each story fluidly introduces characters and greatly takes you on a captivating adventure.

Stephen King puts a lot of detail in his story that puts you in the situation and I was surprised how he could have such talent even when writing the smallest stories. Skeleton Cr...more
Brian Hodges
As a whole this story collection wasn't all that hot, but it's worth picking up for it's first story alone. "THE MIST" is about a bunch of people who barricade themselves inside a supermarket after a strange mist brings with it a horde of hideous flesh-eating monsters. There's horror, action and suspense. But there is also plenty of character development and intrigue in the 100 or so pages as the survivors split into two divided camps. And the "one-word" ending is one of the most bonechilling th...more
Steven H.
This was my first book I've read from this author. I have to mention that I've read the Dutch translation of this book that contains only three stories, namely; The Mist, Here There Be Tygers and The Monkey.

The Mist as being the longest story was the one that I found least amusing and with the most disappointing ending [But less disappointing than the movie ending]. The other two stories with Here There Be Tygers as the shortest one were more satisfying, with The Monkey as the number one story...more
Mark R.
****1/2

Wonderful collection of early Stephen King stories. "Skeleton Crew" opens with the novella, "The Mist," a great "monster story" about people trapped in a grocery store encased in a mysterious fog, with an unknown enemy all around.

There aren't any bad stories in this collection. A few that are decent, maybe a couple that could be a few pages shorter--but for the most part, this is a solid book, with a number of quite excellent stories, including "The Monkey" and "The Raft," some of the we...more
Jimmy
This book makes reference to The Dark Tower series.
Anne
I only read this book because it has been our bookshelf forever and I had really liked "The Green Mile." Turns out I didn't like this Stephen King so much. It is a book of all short stories. While I did like some of the stories, most I either didn't like or simply didn't understand. The nice thing was that most of the stories could be read in one sitting.
AsianWonderGod
Jun 10, 2008 AsianWonderGod rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NO ONE THAT I KNOW.
the mist: great story till the end & stephen king once again ruins another great story.

***OK I'm finally finished with this stupid book... I really enjoyed most of the short stories at the beginning of the book and towards the end the f*@king FORNIT can die.

I recommend this book if you like to read short stories that are AWESOME until the endings.
James
I read this way back in high school, and it's one of the first books I read on my own choosing, ie not required by school. I highly recommend the short story, The Mist, one of his first I believe, far better than the movie-version. There's another excellent short story that made it's way into the Creepshow movies, about a monster on the lake.
Florencia
Nov 19, 2013 Florencia marked it as to-read
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I have a different edition of this selection (you know, to read...). And I don't know what's more dreadful, these stories or the lousy translation that made my eyes bleed. Anyway, I won't keep reading this until I find a proper translation or a copy in English.
Lisa
VERY suspenseful...Stephen King did not disappoint in the book. My mind always goes back the "The Mist" story every time we have fog outside. He writes so you have a painting in your mind about the place, characters, and the events that are happening.
Christine
Book was a birthday present from a fellow classmate in elementary school. Ended up being one of the reasons I got hooked into SK's style of writing, and have kept reading his books all these years.
All it took... was a silly gift. : )
Thanks Courtney
Douglas
This hasn't been his best collection of short stories, but it has had some in it that have already been turned to movies. Also, he gives notes in the back as to what inspired some of the stories.
Trish
a lot of what i read just flows through me and i can't remember so many details but the stories in this book- I STILL can remember vividly. pretty amazing little collection.
Robert Furness
Already read the Mist, picked this one up mainly for the The Monkey, loved it a quick read. Good Stuff. Ill probably check out the others when i get a chance.
Hannah
I read this book for the first time when I was 12 on a camping trip with my family. I'm pretty sure I slept with my flashlight on all night.
Kimberly Jackson
I read the book not the cassette but I checked the cassette by accident. This is why the dates don't match. I read it when it was in paperback in 90
Joan
Short stories by Stephen King. I can handle gore, but man, two distinct moments in two of these stories had me cringing. A true horror wordsmith.
Jami
I read this a looooong time ago and decided that I wanted to read some good Stephen King. There are some terrific stories in here.
Wendi
A story read by King (the Raft) & my favorite short story of all time (Ms Todd's Shortcut) all in one place. Makes me happy.
Trey Shiver
A collection of mostly really entertaining short stories. I think this one was my favorite Stephen King book as a kid.
Sabur76
One of the first King books that I ever read. Great stories, enough to mess with your head.
Jen Stewart
My first ever King book....this is where the passion started for me with his stories......
Angie
Loved this. Read "survivor type". It's my favorite short story in there.
Darlene
I reread this in audio on a long drive. But I still like the book better.
Nickle
Bite size scary stories. Just right, espcially when King can get too wordy.
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