In this brilliant collection of stories, Stephen King takes readers down paths that only he could imagine...A supermarket becomes the place where humanity makes its last stand against destruction...a trip to the attic becomes a journey to hell...a woman driver finds a scary shortcut to paradise...an idyllic lake harbors a bottomless evil...and a desert island is the scene...more
I've lost three copies of this from lending it out. Don't ask--you can't borrow it! ;o)
A comment about the story "Survivor Type". I find the story behind this tal...more
It had been a while since I revisited King's short story collections, and for the most part, I wasn't disappointed.
"The Mist" is more a novella than a short story, at about 125 pages. Since I grew up living at a cottage on Lake Michigan in the summers, I could relate to the small-town feel and the blind fury of the storm. Some people think this s...more
"The Mist" was one of those stories that stays with you -- probably as much because nothing is really explained and the ending is so open (which they screwed up in the movie -- Frank Darabont's first major SK screwup). Oh, well. I still like the novella.
"Gramma" is probably his creepiest story ever, IMHO. "Here There Be Tygers" is my absolute all-time SK fav short story. "Mrs. Todd's Shortcut" is an awe...more
I'm a huge fan of his, but this collection of short stories is probably my favorite. The Mist alone is worth the price of the book; I have never been so creeped out and upset by a story in my life as I was when I finished that story. It's more of a novella, really, but it's so good that it doesn't feel long at all.
There are also a few stories that illustrate King's ability to write a story that isn't horror. Oddly enough, I almost enjoy those stories more...more
Here There be Tygers-4 stars
The Monkey-5 stars
Cain Rose Up-1 star
Mrs. Todd's Shortcut-1 star
The Jaunt-3 stars
The Wedding Gig-2 stars
Paranoid:A Chant-2 stars
The Raft-4 stars
Word Processor of the Gods-5 stars
The Man who Would not Shake Hands-3 stars
The Reaper's Image-2 stars
For Owen-4 stars
Survivor Type- 5 stars
Uncle Otto's Truck-
Morning Deliveries-3 stars
The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet-
(9/29/2012: finished. Actual review...more
"The Mist" was a little longer than it needed to be, but it was a good story nonetheless. I liked that it was humorous as well; even though it was frightening, I could laugh at the fact that there was an old lady with a can of Raid killing the mutant prehistoric bugs.
"Here There be Tygers" surprised me; turns out I've read it years ago in a literature or creative writing textbook, I can't recall whic...more
THE MIST ― 4 stars. Initially I thought it was too long, but once I got reading I thought it was too short. I wanted a little more closure and didn’t understand the attraction to Amanda (I thought she needed more depth, or at the very least, a better description) but otherwise enjoyed it. What happened in the pharmacy cemented the story as memorable in my mind. Scary stuff.
HERE THERE BE TYGERS ― 3 stars. I had to...more
The Monkey was one of my favorites. It was about a cymbal-banging monkey toy that brought death to an unsuspecting fa...more
In the introduction to Skeleton Crew (1985), his second collection of stories, King pokes fun at his penchant for "literary elephantiasis," makes scatological jokes about his muse, confesses how much money he makes (gross and net), and tells a story about getting arrested one time when he was "suffused with the sort of towering, righteous rage that only drunk undergraduates can feel." He winds up with an invitation to a scary voyage: "Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number...more
"The Raft" - This was a lot of fun to read. It's almost like watching a movie - you get so into it, you forget you are reading. It reminded me of watching a cheesy horror film where all the teens are doomed to a grisly fate, but I never thought that the "thing" that gets them could possibly be so frightening...more
There is a feeling of bread-and-butter, "this is my job" in the collection found within 'Skeleton Crew'. You get to read King's work produced when h...more
This story is trippy, and its ending leaves you with a shiver. Clearly, due to the co...more
There is zero and there is eternity, and there is mortality, but there is no ultimate.has captivated me. I just cannot get over it. Simplicity and thoughtfulness all in a sentence. Flawless and effortless.
Skeleton Crew is a collection of 22 short stori...more
Backhanded compliment time.
From what I understand, about half of these stories were written when King was broke, and half when he was a millionaire. Half were written in a sweaty trailer with nothing more than a manual typewriter and his spouse acting as editor. Half were written with t...more
My favorite story in this collection is called "The Jaunt." It's a sci-fi short story which takes place as a family waits to be anesthetized before teleport...more
I remember reading this in preparation of watching the movie (I have the need to read the book before watching the movie whenever possib...more
Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where...more